Judges Application Process
As an American Culinary Federation competition judge, you have the
opportunity to participate on the other side of intense culinary
competitions. It is a meaningful way to put your culinary knowledge to
work while being exposed to new trends.
You can also receive continuing
education hours to put towards upgrading or renewing your certification.
Download the Application
Or call us at (800) 624-9458 and we will send you the application
through the mail.
Send Completed Applications to
American Culinary Federation
6816 Southpoint Pkwy Ste 400
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Prerequisite for Being a Culinary Judge
- Be an ACF member in good standing
- Be ACF certified at the CSC/CWPC level or higher
- Have won Four Gold medals within the last 10 years
These medals must be either ACF or a major WACS approved culinary competition (Culinary World Cup, Culinary Olympics). Winning a gold medal in a centerpiece category does not fulfill the medal requirement for being a judge. Judges are encouraged to compete internationally, in order to gain valuable experience.
- one in Category F4 or FP-1
- one in Category A and one in Category B OR two in Category C
- one in either Category K, or KP
- Be approved for training by the chair of the Culinary Competition Committee
- Being a CMC, a past manager, coach or member of ACF Culinary Team USA (official regional or national team only), or an ACF Youth Team Manager fulfills the medal prerequisite for becoming a judge. However, all other criteria must still be met.
Judging Training/Experience Criteria
- Apprentice judge a minimum of five ACF-certified culinary competitions over a period of two years. Of these competitions, three must be Category F, FP, K or KP.
- Attend the judges’ training seminar offered at the national convention and/or regional conferences.
To maintain ACF-approved judge qualification
- Retain currency as an ACF member in good standing.
- Retain currency in the required level of ACF certification.
- Judge a minimum of two competitions every two years.
- Attend a judges training seminar once ever two years.