Competitions play a vital role in culinary arts as they continually raise the standards of culinary excellence. There is no better way for a culinarian to hone their craft than by putting their skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive format.

Participation in ACF approved competitions will also earn you continuing education hours for ACF certification.

Competition Seminar

ACF is hosting a competition seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 15, 2023. Participants will gain an understanding of not only judging criteria but also best practices in the competition kitchen and tactics that consistently reach the highest place at the podium. All Worldchefs certified judges are required to attend a competition seminar every five years, and attending a competition seminar is a mandatory requirement for aspiring Worldchefs certified judges.

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ACF Competition Calendar

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ACF Competition Manuals

Add Credibility to Your Competition

Register your competition with ACF.

ACF Culinary Knowledge bowl

Join us during the 2023 ACF National Convention, July 17–19, 2023, in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a “jeopardy-style” competition covering topics such as nutrition, baking, safety and sanitation, and the arts of classical and modern cooking. More

Student Team

Each year, four student teams prove themselves worthy of a greater challenge—the ACF Student Team Championship.

ACF Culinary Team USA

ACF Culinary Team USA exemplifies professionalism and creativity in major international culinary competitions. More

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