ACF Culinary Team USA Competition History
While many countries have a more static approach to menu development,
American chefs have long provided a "melting pot" of creativity toward
food. When Americans began competing as an official team in 1956, they
were clearly the underdogs. However, American cookery soon established
itself as world-class cuisine, and American chefs distinguished
themselves at IKA and at other international competitions.
The 1960 team captured the first world championship honor for the US.
ACF Culinary Team USA repeated the distinction in 1980, 1984 and 1988 by
taking the prestigious hot food competition all three times and
establishing a new world record for the most consecutive gold-medal
wins. Their most recent IKA win came in 2004, when the team took home
the gold medal in hot-food cooking, reestablishing ACF Culinary National
Team USA as the leader in international cooking. Additionally, the team
took home two gold medals at the Salon Culinaire Mondial in Basel,
Switzerland, in 2005, which is held every six years.