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Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Showcase your school's culinary program by becoming the next national champion in the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl. Student teams compete in a "Jeopardy"-style competition with questions covering topics such as nutrition, baking, culinary math, safety and sanitation, and the arts of classical and modern cooking. To compete for the national title, teams must enter and win in their respective regional competition.


  • Student teams must be sponsored by an ACF chapter, ACFEF apprenticeship program or an ACFEF accredited post-secondary program.
  • Team members must be currently enrolled in a culinary or hospitality program at an accredited post-secondary institution or apprenticeship program.
  • Team members must have less than four years of professional cooking or baking experience and cannot have professional level certification higher than a certified culinarian or certified pastry culinarian.

Apply to Compete

Northeast and Southeast Regional Competitions:

ChefConnect: Charlotte, Feb. 25-27, 2018


  • Stark State College, Canton, Ohio
  • ACF Eastern Long Island, Riverhead, New York
  • Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Hocking Technical College, Nelsonville, Ohio
  • ICA-ACF Big Apple Chapter, Brooklyn, New York
  • Owens State Community College, Perrysburg, Ohio
  • Paul Smith's College, Paul Smiths, New York
  • Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, Maine
  • Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania


  • ACF Middle Tennessee Chapter, La Vergne, Tennessee
  • ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Guilford Technical College, Jamestown, North Carolina

Central and Western Regional Competitions:

ChefConnect: Newport Beach, Mar. 18-20, 2018


  • ACF Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter, Flint, Michigan
  • ACF Louis Joliet Chapter, Joliet, Illinois
  • ACF Professional Chefs and Culinarians of the Heartland, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc, St. Louis
  • Culinary Institute of Michigan at Baker College, Muskegon, Michigan
  • El Centro College, Dallas
  • Grayson College, Denison, Texas
  • The University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute, Little Rock, Ark.


  • Chefs de Cuisine Association of San Diego, Santee, California
  • Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, Colorado
  • The International Culinary School At the Art Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute, Orem, Utah

Regional winners will receive access to all education sessions during Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show, as well tickets for each team member and one coach to the President's Grand Ball.

Practice, practice, practice! Get ready for the competition with our new Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl – 2017 Practice Edition. This edition features 12 pre-loaded game boards with questions used in previous knowledge bowl competitions, as well as 12 customizable game boards. Purchase your copy today!

For more information, call (800) 624-9458 or email knowledgebowl@acfchefs.net.

Why Compete?

"It has helped develop teamwork, memory retention, improved academics, and culinary education, not to mention the resources and connections made during the ACF conferences."
Patrick Sanecki, coach, Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, N.C.

"It encourages teamwork, learning, and passion throughout practices and during the competition week. Students are excited to gain more and more culinary knowledge throughout the process!"
Joanna Bryant, coach, Grayson College, Denison, Texas

"I know that our students are very proud of participating in the Knowledge Bowl, and I believe that it instills a work ethic and confidence in them that they might not get otherwise."
Meghan Roddy, CEPC, coach, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

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