Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl


Showcase your culinary expertise by becoming the next national champion in the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl. The competition is open to ACF members of all levels from student to professional. All registered teams will take an online test in May through the ACF Online Learning and have the opportunity to earn their Certificate of Culinary Essentials. The top six teams from each region will compete at ACF’s National Convention in Dallas, July 19-23, 2020, in a "Jeopardy"-style competition with questions covering topics such as nutrition, baking, safety and sanitation, and the arts of classical and modern cooking.


Please note that the 2020 Knowledge Bowl competition has been canceled. We hope to focus on making 2021 an extraordinary competition and we are excited to launch the new format next year!

Official Rules and Guidelines

Register your team now.

New reference materials:

* The Safety & Sanitation and Baking & Pastry chapters of Professional Cooking will not be included in the competition.

Practice, practice, practice! Get ready for the competition with our Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl – 2020 Practice Edition. This edition features 8 pre-loaded game boards with questions from the new Knowledge Bowl reference materials, as well as customizable game boards. Purchase your copy today!

For more information, call (800) 624-9458 or email

Why Compete?

"It has helped develop teamwork, memory retention, improved academics, and culinary education, not to mention the resources and connections made during the ACF conferences."
Patrick Sanecki, coach, Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, N.C.

"It encourages teamwork, learning, and passion throughout practices and during the competition week."
Joanna Bryant, coach, Grayson College, Denison, Texas

"I know that our students are very proud of participating in the Knowledge Bowl, and I believe that it instills a work ethic and confidence in them that they might not get otherwise."
Meghan Roddy, CEPC, coach, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

2019 National Winner

Central - Culinary Institute of Michigan, Muskegon, Michigan

View Past Winners