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.
ACF Competition Calendar
ACF Competition Manuals
ACF Approved Culinary Competition Judges
No current member of the Culinary Competition Committee can judge a team from their school or an employee from their workplace in any competition during their time as chair or a Committee Member. Acting in a support capacity (i.e. coach, mentor, etc.) is also considered a direct conflict of interest.
- Retroactive policy from May 10, 2018
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Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl
Teams of student culinarian members compete in a double elimination,
jeopardy-style competition for the chance to become national champions.
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
2020 Culinary Challenge Rules
The NACUFS Culinary Challenge is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation (ACF), and is classified as a Category W - Customized Wildcard Category.
Individual competitors will have 60 minutes, with ten additional minutes for plating, to prepare four portions of an original hot entrée featuring the mandatory proteins of Cornish hen and black beluga lentils with side dishes and sauces to create a nutritionally balanced plate. (See product specifications at the end of the rules for further details.)
NACUFS Rules and Regulations
COVID-19 Safety Standards for Hosting Competitions
The ACF Culinary Competition committee is excited for in person competitions to commence. The committee has issued minimum COVID-19 Safety Standards to be followed when hosting competitions. Standards available here.
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