27-30 May 2016 at Melita Gardens, Balzan

Event Programme

27 May
2:30pm – 6:00pm : Pizza Making Competition

28 May
9:00am – 12:00pm : Pizza Making Competition
3:00pm – 6:00pm : Pizza Making Competition

30 May
7:30pm : Presentation + reception

The Concept

Following last year’s success, The Arla Malta Pizza Challenge will take place once again at the Melita Gardens, Balzan. The challenge seeks to award the top pizzaiolo on the Maltese Islands by bringing together a number of pizzaioli to compete in a culinary showdown of technique, skill, style and creativity.


The challenge will take place in separate rounds after which contestants will be judged by a panel of 3 professional foreign judges on the taste, baking, creativity and presentation of each pizza. Each contestant will also receive an overall score for hygiene.

Pizza Making Competition

The challenge will give contestants 20 minutes each to prepare two pizzas: the classic Margherita and a mystery pizza of their choice, created using a combination of ingredients to be provided by AppleCore Foods. Participants are only  required to bring their own dough and any pizza making tools of their choice.

This competition will take place over 2 days (Friday & Saturday) in which participants will be given a specific slot to participate. The winners will be announced on Monday 30th May during a reception at the same venue.

The Judges

Matteo Cevolani from Molini Pivetti Spa

Giuseppe Caggiano from Accademia Pizzaioli

Marianna Mikkelsen from Arla Foods Amba



The official prizes were:

1st: Professional Pizza Course at THE ACCADEMIA PIZZAIOLI in Italy   visit the website >>

2nd: A full day course with MASTER CHEF ANTONINO ESPOSITO in Italy  visit the website >>

3rd: A professional PIZZA TOOLS kit provided by Pivetti visit the website >>

Medals will be awarded to all winners and runners up. A certificate of merit is also to be given to all participants.


Facebook Event Page here:   Arla Malta Pizza Challenge 2016 >>