Michael Shepherd is owner/president of 70X7 Incorporated that operates Six Hundred Downtown in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Michael is also the founder and former owner of Michael Angelo's Pizza in Kenton & Rushsylvania, OH.

From humble beginnings as a delivery driver for a national chain to the owner of three independent pizzerias, he has over 20 years of experience in the pizza business. Growing his original pizzeria from a meager $2,000 per week to over $1 million dollars a year in sales in a town of only 8,000 and opening his newest pizzeria at the $1.2 million sales mark in a town of 13,000 with an advertising budget of nearly zero.

He is 4 Time World Pizza Champion and 8 Time World Medalist Pizza Acrobat, holding more international medals than any other American. As a founding member of the World Pizza Champions, he has traveled to Italy competing at the World Pizza Championships in Italy annually since 2002. In 2006/2007 his team won back to back Gold Medals in the Team Acrobatic Event. He has been featured on the Food Network, ABC's Master of Champions, Discovery Channel, and more.

Michael is a featured speaker for Pizza Today magazine, organizes and manages the World Pizza Games for the International Pizza Expo, is a certified Italian Pizza Maker (certified by the International School of Pizza) and teaches at local adult vocational schools on how to make pizzeria quality pizza at home.

 

Notable Acrobatic Shows

  • Edika Food Show : Munich, Germany - 2004
  • Clarksburg Italian Festival: Clarksburg, WV - 2004
  • Lima Italian Festival: Lima, OH - 2005/2006
  • Presto Foods Foodshow: Belterra, IN - 2005
  • GFS Foodshow: Grand Rapids, MI & Columbus, OH - 2006
  • Pizzarelli Pizza Tour: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - 2006
  • 4th of July Parade: Lewis Center, OH - 2006/2007/2011/2013
  • Pizza Expo: Las Vegas, Atlantic City, NY City, Chicago 2005-2012
  • Hampton Roads Italian Festival, VA Beach, VA - 2006-2008:
  • North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show: Columbus, OH 2005-2007
  • Sofo Foods Foodshow: Toledo, OH - 2006/2007
  • Feast of San Gennaro: Verona, NY - 2008
  • All Things Italian Festival: Fairfield, IA - 2008
  • Feast of San Gennaro, Alpine Country Club: Demarest, NJ 2009, 2013, 2014
  • Summit County Italian American Festival: Akron, OH 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Rally at the Peak: Bellefontaine, OH 2009, 2010, 2011

TV Appearances

  • Food Network: World Pizza Challenge 2003
  • Food Network: Pizza Battle 2005
  • Food Network:  Challenge - Pizza Champions 2006
  • ABC "Master of Champions" 2006
  • Discovery Channel: Short Takes - 2007
  • OLN - "Get Stuffed" - 2012
  • CNN
  • CBS: Life & Style
  • Chevere Nights: Domincan Republic 2006
  • Pasion Gourmet: Dominican Republic 2006
  • Gozalo!: Dominican Republic 2006
  • Galileo: Germany 2007

    

PIZZA CHAMPION TITLES

  • Gold Medal "Squadra Acrobatica " Salsomaggiore, Italy 2007
  • Gold Medal - "Squadra Acrobatica " Salsomaggiore, Italy 2006
  • Gold Medal "Team Acrobatic" Las Vegas, NV 2005
  • Silver Medal - Largest Stretch: Salsomaggiore, Italy 2007
  • Bronze Medal - Largest Stretch: Salsomaggiore, Italy 2006, 2009
  • Silver Medal - Fastest Pizza: Salsomaggiore, Italy 2005
  • Silver Medal - Team Acrobatic: Salsomaggiore, Italy 2005
  • Gold Medal - Largest Dough Stretch: Salsomaggiore, Italy 2004
  • Gold Medal - Largest Dough Stretch: Columbus, OH 2002
  • Silver Medal - Largest Dough Stretch: New York City, NY 2003
  • Silver Medal - Freestyle Acrobatics: New York City, NY 2003
  • Bronze Medal - Fastest Dough: New York City, NY 2003
  • Gold Medal - Largest Dough Stretch: Los Angeles, CA 2004
  • Gold Medal - Fastest Dough: Los Angeles, CA 2004
  • Silver Medal - Fastest Dough: New York City, NY 2005
  • Silver Medal - Largest Dough Stretch: New York City, NY 2005
  • Bronze Medal - Freestyle Acrobatics: New York City, NY 2005

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Hardin County Business of The Year 2007
  • 2006 SBA Business of The Year Runner Up
  • 2008 20 Under 40 Entrepreneur Award 

 

PIZZERIA AWARDS

  • 1st Place Gourmet Pizza Pizzazz Columbus, OH 2003
  • Best Pizza: YMCA Taste of Hardin County 2005
  • Best Entree: YMCA Taste of Hardin County 2005
  • Best Pizza: Taste of Logan County 2007, 2008, 2009
  • 1st Place: Sofo Foods Pizza Showdown 2006
  • Pizza Festiva: Pizza of the Year Finalist 2007 
  • 1st Place: International Pizza Challenge (Southwest Division) 2014