American Pie Council

2018 APC National Pie Championship Tentative Schedule Announced!

Amateur pie makers, professional bakers/chefs and commercial pie companies from around the country and Canada have been competing at the NPC since 1995. The APC has created a standard of quality in pie making on all levels. We have a well-established record in the pie-judging field for both amateur bakers, professional and commercial bakers alike. Our commercial members have shown that winning an APC award can substantially increase sales and market share in that category and the competition gets tougher each year.  


American Pie Council’s

2018 Pie Learning Center

Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL

Tentative Agenda


Thursday, April 5 2018 - National Pie Championships, Commercial & Independent Baker Division


5:30-7:00PM - Rich Products Welcome Reception, Commercial and Independent Bakers, Sponsors


Friday, April 6, 2018 - National Pie Championships Commercial Division


6:30-8:30AM - Registration of Commercial NPC Entries


9:00 - Pie Judging Begins


8:45AM – Welcome, Kerwin Brown, BEMA


9:00-9:45 - Global Flavor Trends, Fermenich


10:00-10:45 - Challenges of Pie Production, Stratas Foods


11:00-11:45PM - Keeping Pies Current, Chef Monica Kate


12:00-1:15PM - Holton Food Products Luncheon, Commercial, Independent Bakers and Sponsors, Washington Update, Lee Sanders, American Bakers Association


1:45-2:00PM - Pie Trends, Sosland Publishing


2:15-3:00PM - Introducing Guittard with a Chocolate Tasting, Selecting the right chocolate for you and your product, Chef Donald Wressell, The Guittard Chocolate Company, Chef Josh Johnson, The Guittard Chocolate Company                                                            


6:00PM - Colborne Foodbotics, D&W Fine Foods, Pie Reception and Awards Ceremony

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - National Pie Championships, Amateur & Professional Division


7:00-8:00AM - Amateur Pie Registration


8:00- 8:45 - Professional Pie Registration


9:00 - Pie Judging Begins


9:00 – Welcome, Mark VanIwaarden, Legendary Baking


9:15-10:00 – Innovative Ideas for Finishing Your Pie, Chef Monica Kate, Dobla


10:15-11:00 - Deconstructing a Cream Pie to Make a “Shot Glass” Pie, Chef Joe DiPaolo, Pinnacle Foods


11:15-12:00PM - Savory Pies, Chef Clyde Tanner, Academic Director of Culinary,Tampa Art Institute


12:00-1:30 – Lunch, Amateur and Professional Bakers, Sponsors


1:45-2:30 - Introducing The Guittard Chocolate Company with a Chocolate Cream Tasting


4:00PM - Pie Party, Emile Henry Apron Contest, Iron Chef Contest



6:30PM - NPC Awards Ceremony, Amateur and Professional Divisions