ACF Culinary Team USA ACF Culinary Team USA

The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), established in 1929 and the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America, is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions. The national team will represent the United States at the Expogast Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup, Nov. 22–26, 2014, in Luxembourg, and the American Culinary Classic, July 30–Aug. 2, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. All the teams will be competing at the 2016 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Exhibition, also known as the “culinary Olympics,” in Erfurt, Germany.

Countdown to Competitions

Expogast World Cup

Luxembourg - November 22, 2014

American Culinary Classic

Orlando, Fla. - July 30, 2015

IKA (“culinary Olympics”)

Erfurt, Germany - October 22, 2016


Current News

Watch ACF Culinary Team USA in Action

Join members of ACF Culinary Team USA as they conduct demonstrations throughout the national convention.  Show your support for the team as it prepares to compete at the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg in November.

ACF Culinary Team USA Fundraiser Dinner
Support ACF Culinary Team USA as they prepare to represent ACF and the U.S in major international culinary competitions. Sign up to attend and witness the team’s talent first hand as they create an incredible dinner. Separate ticket purchase is required. Seats are limited. Purchase Tickets

Ins and Outs of Cold Food: Glazing Techniques From Start to Finish
Ben Grupe, chef, Meadowbrook Country Club, Ballwin, Mo.
Matthew Seasock, CEC, executive sous chef, The Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth, Texas

Hot Food Presented Cold: Past IKA Highlights vs. Today’s Styles/Presentations
Shawn Culp, CEC, culinary arts instructor, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Bridgeville, Pa.
Aaron Haga, CEC, chef tournant, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Creating Recipes and Menus Using Classic, Creative, Modern Techniques
Jason Hall, CMC, exeuctive chef, Hammock Dunes Club, Palm Coast, Fla.
Corey Siegel, sous chef, The Vintage Club, Indian Wells, Calif.

Ice Carving With the Ice Meister: Skills, Artistry and the Phoenix
Joseph Albertelli, executive chef, Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y.

Glazed and Confused: Doughnuts/Donuts/Cronuts, the Evolution of American Fried Dough
Alison Murphy, executive pastry chef, The Vintage Club, Indian Wells, Calif.

Ancient Grains, Modern Applications: Wholesome Ingredients in Modern Menus
George Castaneda, CEC, exeuctive chef, Sodexo North America, Franklin, Tenn.

One Step Closer to Selecting ACF Culinary Youth Team USA

Thirteen cooks have accepted the challenge and are trying out for a spot on 2016 ACF Culinary Youth Team USA during the 2014 ACF regional conferences. After the tryouts, five cooks and two alternates will be named to the youth team that will compete at the 2016 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung in Erfurt, Germany. Meet the Competitors

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Help ACF Culinary Team USA Go for Gold! Support the next team of passionate members as they generously dedicate their time and energy as they represent American chefs and cuisine in international competitions. Share the vision and be part of the journey. Make a donation or become a sponsor. Sponsorship offers positioning and branding opportunities.

The Team Behind the Team

The success of ACF Culinary Team USA depends on more than just the team members. Managers, coaches and advisors play a vital part. Learn More