ACF Culinary Competition Timeline

Four Months Prior

Chair submits the following to ACF Headquarters:

  • Completed ACF Application
  • Letters of Commitment from three ACF approved judges
  • Letter stating judges’ protocol
  • $200 Application Fee

Applications are checked for completeness and forwarded to the Culinary Competition Chair for approval and designation of Lead Judge.

Three Months Prior

Show chair notified of competition approval/disapproval and lead judge appointment.

One–Two Months Prior

If ordering medals before a competition, show chair places medal order and submits deposit for medals.

After the Show

Show Chair submits the following to national office:

  • ORIGINAL signed judges score summary score sheets
  • Completed “Competitors Information Form” for each competitor
  • Lead Judge Evaluation
  • Show Chair Evaluation
  • Request and payment for medals, if not ordered in advance

ACF sanctioned competitions are highly regarded throughout the industry for their commitment to quality and fairness. In order to assure the verity of results and that all competition planners, judges and competitors follow the guidelines, it is necessary for the ACF national office to receive documentation of each competition’s results.

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