According to a news report from, “David Smith took a leap of faith seven years ago, leaving his factory job to take over an Emporium restaurant. Little did he know that the decision would bring him national fame and a new passion.”

“Earlier this month, Smith was crowned “best pizza maker in America” during the final round of the American Pizza Championship (APC) competition at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla,” said the story. “His winning recipe was a Cajun chicken pizza that has been a favorite of Smith’s Pizza Palace Plus outlets in Emporium and Port Allegany. To become national champion, Smith had to win a bake-off against two other finalists, including the undefeated APC champion, Jason Samosky. “I wouldn’t have wanted to be one of the judges,” Smith said. “The pizzas were so different from each other.” His palate-pleaser earned a perfect score of 45 from three of the four judges.”

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