John GutekanstOwner-Operator Avalanche Pizza
John Gutekanst owns high-volume Avalanche Pizza and bakery in Athens, Ohio. For 17 years it has been voted “Best Pizza in Athens” and has been featured on the Food Network, Food Arts, National Geographic. He holds 14 culinary titles, including the coveted Best Pizza in the U.S.A. at the World Pizza Championships in Italy. Previously, he was a general manager/Maître d’ Hotel in Chicago and Boston and a director of restaurants in Washington, DC, where he handled the VIP room for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular contributor to Pizza Today and teaches artisan bread baking at Hocking Culinary College.