The World Pizza Champions™, America's #1 Pizza Team™, are made up of founding members Tony Gemignani & Ken Bryant of Pyzano’s Pizzeria in Castro Valley, CA; Michael Shepherd of Michael Angelo's Pizza in Kenton & Rushsylvania, Ohio; Joe Carlucci of NY; Siler Chapman of Donato's Pizzeria in SC and Sean Brauser of Romeo's Pizza in Medina, OH. Each member has earned the highest awards in several different categories in the pizza industry, Food Network, and Tony Gemignani & Joe Carlucci are inducted into the Guiness Book of World Records. They are considered by many pizza operators worldwide as professionals and pioneers.
Team members have appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Tony Danza Show, The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show, ESPN, Food Network, Rachel Ray Show, Emeril Live, Good Morning America, The Early Show, ABC, CNN, BBC, RAI & Sabato Gigante. They have come together to form an affiliation to promote their restaurants and skills. Individually each of them have performed on shows across the nation, but now they plan to tour the world as a team. The World Pizza Champions™, America's #1 Pizza Team™, perform and/or compete at numerous festivals, fairs, sporting events, and food shows all year long. They have won more gold medals than any other pizza team in the world.
Each year the founding members choose the best pizza competitors and bakers in the US to join them at the World Championships in Salsomaggiore, Italy. In addition to the founding members, the 2008 World Pizza Champions Team members are Bruno Di Fabio NY, Joey Post SC, Giorgio Giove NY, Justin Wadstein CA, John D Ambrosio CA, Jay Schuurman CA, Raphael Ortiz CT, William Manzo Jr RI, Tony Palombino KY, Glenn Cybulski CA, LeAnna Shepherd OH, Paul Cataldo IN, John Gutekanst OH, Nick Gugliuzza NY, Dino Di Fabio NY, John Gristina CT, Leo Spizzirri IL . International members and affiliates are champions Fran Carrol Ireland, Diana Coutu Canada, & Vincenzo Tesauro, Italy The World Pizza Champions™, America's #1 Pizza Team™, will also be organizing the World Pizza Games™ in Las Vegas, NV to be held at the International Pizza Expo™ every year.