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

Watch ACF Culinary Team USA in action under the leadership of Joseph Leonardi, CEC, manager, at The College of Dupage, in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Come meet the team and watch them in the kitchen as they create their winning dishes:

  • Friday, May 2, 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 4, TBD

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