All participants who cook off in in the South Africa final taking place 13th June 2024 will receive a certificate of participation

The overall winner of the 2024 Global Pizza Challenge South Africa will receive all of the above as well as a cash prize of
R15, 000a winner’s trophy and their name engraved on the floating trophy.

There is also a prize of R3,000 for the best vegan pizza.

Please note that entries are limited and will not be accepted after 25 May 2024.

Recipe Verification by the Call Centre

  • Recipe verification is done by the GPC Judges from when entries open from Wednesday, 17th April
  • We will verify personal details, recipe and method with entrants
  • All entrants will be contacted by 5th of June
  • You will be notified via email if you have made it through to the next part of the Competition
  • Validate recipes (that it adheres to a traditional Pizza recipe)

What constitutes a valid traditional Pizza recipe?

  • SPECIFICATIONS FOR TRADITIONAL PIZZAThe Pizza  recipe entered has to meet the basic specifications for traditional Pizza:
    • The traditional basic ingredients for are flour , olive oil salt , yeast water Topping =Tomato, onion ,pepper, salt, to be included in quantities of choice. The unique blend of spices will determine the character of the product.
  • The choice of any other dry spices such as thyme and oregano , parsley and dry garlic may be added, but used VERY SPARINGLY,
  • Fluids are limited to water and olive oil
  • The best : Pizza thickness is a .50 mm to 1 cm
  • Keep in mind that the recipe should be suitable for mass production
  • Stretch or press the dough to about 1 to 1.5 cm thick and let it rise just slightly. Whether you end up with a thick and chewy crust or a light and risen one depends on how thick  you roll it out and how high you let it rise. For a thin, crisp crust, we use dough straight out of the refrigerator.
  • One of the key misconceptions about Italian pizza is that it is served like a thick cake, deep-dish style. In fact, the crust is one of the most important components of the meal and is traditionally thin but has a fluffy consistency.
  • If you hand-stretch, or toss, you are preserving those air bubbles, if stretching stretching them out. Rolling will give you a denser texture, hand-stretching or tossinga fluffier texture. Also, hand-stretching and/or tossingwill give you a thicker border around the edge of the pizza.
  • The two types of the most popular type of flour used for dough are still all-purpose flour, and bread flour. All-purpose flour can be used for anything, and is great in thin pizza crust.
  • Do you put toppings or cheeseon pizza first? When making pizza what goes on first? Typically tomato sauce will go on first on top of the dough, then cheeseand then toppings. This allows the cheese to bubble and brown and the toppings to get direct heat and become crisp.


We will disqualify the recipe if it is not a Pizza containing flour, water, oil , salt, yeast.

How it works – Rules & Regulations

As with any competition, there are some rules, tips and guidelines to follow. Please have a read through the below points before entering and also be sure to take note of our Terms and Conditions. Note that entries are limited and will not be accepted after 16 May, or after the maximum number of entries is received, whichever comes first.

  1. The contest is open to any foodservice operator, owner, manager, chef or employee 18 years or older.
  2. Pizza recipes must be original, unpublished and must be submitted online before the deadline date of 25 May.
  3. There are no restrictions on dough, sauce or toppings.
  4. All finalists will be required to cook four identical pizzas in any of the following four categories: 1) Meat or Poultry 2) Seafood 3) Vegetarian 4) Specialty or Dessert
  5. Competitors must bring their own pre-made dough (be sure to bring enough!), sauce, cheese and toppings for four x 30cm pizzas.
  6. We encourage you to use sponsor products where appropriate, some of these may be available from the sponsors on the day of the competition.
  7. Transport your ingredients in plastic containers as glass containers are not allowed in the competition area.
  8. Bring all your ingredients in an insulated cooler to maintain coolness. Using products which are not suitably chilled will result in disqualification. On-site refrigeration will be provided.
  9. You must prepare and cook pizza in the competition
  10. All contestants will be assigned numbers, and a draw will determine who cooks when.
  11. Each contestant will have a maximum of 10 minutes for preparation and 20 minutes to cook their pizzas.
  12. The competitor is the only person allowed in the preparation area and on the competition stage.
  13. Advice or direction (coaxing) either in the make-ready preparation area or near the competition stage is prohibited.
  14. Each contestant will be required to clean up their space before presenting their pizzas for judging.
  15. Once cooked, contestants will remove the pizza from the oven and place them on the wooden pizza boards provided.
  16. The judges will grade the pizza as well as the work area (make sure you clear your table) using score sheets.
  17. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in an automatic disqualification.
  18. The Judges’ decision is final.
  19. In all other matters not relating to judging on the day of the competition, the Competition Coordinator’s decision is final.
  20. Please note all start times will be determined by contestant number and will be in sequential Each new contestant will be assigned a prep space, once the prior contestant has cleaned their space and presented their pizza for judging.
  21. The following items will be provided by show management: pizza peels, corn meal or flour, prep tables, small wares, ovens, pizza pans, screens, knives, dough dockers and induction stove.
  22. All travel, accommodation, health insurance, meals and pizza ingredients required to participate in the final are at the competitors’ own expense.
  23. Any possible taxes incurred are the responsibility of the winners.
  24. Prizes are non-transferable, and there will be no substitution for prizes except in extreme circumstances and at the discretion of Global Pizza Challenge organisers.
  25. Employees of Global Pizza Challenge™, their affiliates, advertisers, promotional agencies and their families are not eligible to enter.
  26. Past winners are not eligible to compete for a period of two years.
  27. All participants must agree to the Global Pizza Challenge™ Terms and Conditions