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ACF Culinary Team USA

ACF Culinary Team USA represents the United States on the global stage, showcasing American chefs, cuisine and products to the world. In 2016, the national team ranked fourth in the world overall and won three gold medals in the 24th Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Exhibition, commonly known as the "culinary Olympics," Oct. 22-25, in Erfurt, Germany. Two of the ACF Culinary USA teams - national and youth - finished in the top 10, while the military team won four gold medals and two bronze medals, proving American cuisine is among the best in the world.

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Apply to Join ACF Culinary Youth Team USA 2020

Applications are currently being accepted for ACF Culinary Youth Team USA 2020. Each team member cannot be older than 23 years of age on the qualifying date of April 1, 2020. For more information on the selection process, view the presentation here. Applications must be received by January 1, 2018.

Tryout locations and dates*:

  • January 7-8, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas (Central region)
  • January 28-19, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah (Western region)
  • February 17-18, Niagara Falls culinary Institute, Niagara Falls, New York (Northeast region)
  • March 10-11, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina (Southeast region)

*Dates and locations may be subject to change

Meet the Chefs

Team chefs dedicate their time to train, practice and compete together. Meet the chefs that have been selected to be a part of ACF Culinary Team USA.

Help ACF Culinary Team USA Go for Gold!

Support the next team of passionate members as they generously dedicate their time and energy to 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.

Meet 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.