ACF Culinary Team USA Competitions

Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA)

Founded in 1896, the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Art Competition, also known as the “culinary Olympics,” serves as a world-class venue for talented chefs from around the globe to showcase culinary skill and innovation. Similar to the traditional athletic Olympics, which brings together the best athletes from around the world, the IKA is the single most elite competitive culinary event. Every four years, professional teams from around the globe come together in Erfurt, Germany to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in several categories. The United States has participated in the Culinary Olympics since 1956.

Additional Competitions

American Culinary Classic

This international competition is held every four years.

Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup

Held every four years in Luxembourg, the Culinary World Cup is a five-day competition that takes place during Expogast, an international gastronomy show.

Salon Culinaire Mondial

Held every six years in Basel Switzerland.


ScotHot is a prestigious, world renowned platform for chefs to present their skills to their peers. It is held every two years in Glasgow, Scotland.