Celebrating More Than 50 Years of Culinary Competitions
1950’s | 1960’s |
1970’s | 1980’s | 1990’s | 2000’s
1956 - American chefs first
compete on the world culinary stage at the IKA in Frankfurt, Germany;
the competition dates back to 1900.
1960 - “U.S. Culinary
Team” captures its first World Championship title at the IKA in
1964 - U.S. Culinary Team earns 8 gold
medals. ACF members and chefs travel for the first time as a group to
Frankfurt to support the team and have been traveling to Germany ever
1968- “U.S. Culinary Team” is
named the overall winner at IKA, earning the Grand Gold Award,
symbolizing world supremacy in cooking and culinary skills.
1972 - Known as “United
States Culinary Olympic Team,” the team wins the Grand Award at
the IKA in Frankfurt. Upon their return to America they appear on the
“Today” show. The public responds with thousands of letters
1976 - More than 90,000 spectators attend
as “1976 US Culinary Olympic Team” ties France for
third-place overall in the hot food competition at the IKA in
1980 - Lyde Buchtenkirch becomes
the first woman to compete on a U.S. “culinary Olympic”
team. The team is named World Champions in hot cuisine for its Lamb
Wyoming at IKA in Frankfurt.
1982 - “1984 USA Culinary Olympic
Team” first participates in the Culinary World Cup, held during
Expogast, an international gastronomy event, in Luxembourg.
1983 - Five of the twelve 1984 USA Culinary
Olympic Team chefs compete in the debut International Feinschmecker
Parade at Klagenfurt, Austria. The team brings home a host of awards and
medals, including the Grand Prize of Austrian Competition.
1984 - At the IKA in Frankfurt, the 1984
USA Culinary Olympic Team wins first place in two of three categories,
but in an unprecedented decision, judges give the World Champion title
to Canada, who did not place first in any of the categories.
1986 - “U.S. Culinary Team” is
named “Culinary World Cup Champions” at Expogast in
Luxembourg. Food trends featured sensibility, such as garnishes that are
not just decorative, as well as smaller portion sizes and thinner slices
1988 - In Frankfurt, U.S. Culinary Team
earns World Championship title in hot-food cooking, establishing a new
world record for most consecutive gold-medal and first place wins at
IKA. This marks the first year for the pastry category at IKA.
1990 - “1992 Culinary Team
USA” wins four of the five international competitions it
participates in before the IKA in 1992.
1992 - 1992 Culinary Team USA’s
national team sacrifices a gold medal for a more meaningful
reward—solidifying the status of American cuisine in the
international arena at the IKA. The team prepares American foods using
American techniques, ingredients and style. They call it
“eco-cuisine” and this signals the first real break from
1994 - The team prepared cuisine that is
regularly serviced in restaurants in the United States and wins the
World Cup title. The United States also becomes the first nation to win
the World Cup three consecutive times.
1996 - 1996 Culinary Team USA wins a gold
medal in the hot food competition, gold in the cold food competition,
first place overall and receives the President's Trophy at the Salon
Culinaire Internationale in London at Hotelympia.
During IKA the team focused on perfecting American foods and
techniques and enters with an “American Heartland” theme
which features indigenous ingredients, such as salmon, lobster, trout
and suckling pig. U.S. brings home the highest medal count among the 30
2000 - With only 19 months to
prepare for the IKA, held the national team ranks sixth while the youth
team wins second place in all skills. The regional team takes third
place in the cold foods category and the military team earns first place
in its division.
2002 - At the Culinary World Cup, held at
Expogast in Luxembourg, ACF Culinary Team USA receives a gold medal for
its cold food presentation and a silver medal for its three-course hot
menu. In the final tally, ACF Culinary Team USA places eighth
2003, January - ACF Culinary Youth Team USA
2004 places second overall at the Junior World Culinary Grand Prix at
ScotHot 2003 in Glasgow, Scotland. ACF Culinary National Team USA 2004
also competes at ScotHot and wins a gold medal in the hot kitchen. The
team focuses on regional, contemporary American cuisine.
2003, May - ACF Culinary Team USA 2004 is
named overall gold-medal winner at the American Culinary Classic, held
during the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel
2004 - ACF Culinary National Team USA is
named World Champions in hot-food cooking for the first time in sixteen
years at IKA in Erfurt. The team ranks third overall in the world. The
U.S. pastry team places second overall, as does the U.S. military
2005 - 2004 ACF Culinary National Team USA
wins gold in the hot-food and cold-food competitions at the Salon
Culinaire Mondial in Basel, Switzerland. The team’s combined
scores lead to a second-place finish overall in cold-food.
2006 - ACF Culinary Team USA places fifth
overall and wins two gold medals at the Expogast 2006 Culinary World Cup
international culinary competition in Luxembourg.
2007 - ACF Culinary Team USA wins two gold
medals and one silver in the cold-food competition of the American
Culinary Classic, during the 2007 National Restaurant Association
Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® in Chicago.
2008 - ACF Culinary Team USA delivered a
stellar performance at the Internationale Kochkunst
Ausstellung International Culinary Art Competition garnering
eight gold medals and and two silver medals, and with all teams placing
in the top 10 overall in their categories.
2010 - ACF Culinary Team USA brings home
two gold medals and places third overall in the world in the national
category, and USACAT brings home gold and bronze medals and places sixth
overall in the world in the military category at the Villeroy & Boch
Culinary World Cup 2010, held in Luxembourg, Nov. 20–24, 2010.
2012 - ACF Culinary Team USA wins two silver medals and places sixth overall in the world in the national category at the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung International Culinary Exhibition, and all US teams place in the top six in their categories.