ACF Culinary Team USA ACF Culinary Youth Team USA 2020

Congratulations to the junior culinary team at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas, on being named ACF Culinary Youth Team USA 2020.


2020 Culinary Youth Team USA

“Johnson County Community College and the culinary team here are very proud to get the chance to represent all the junior culinarians across the country. We will work hard to represent the country as other team have in the past.” - Edward Adel, CEC, culinary instructor, ACF Culinary Youth Team USA coach

With dedication, enthusiasm and hard-work, the youth team will proudly represent ACF, the United States and all young chefs in the country on their journey to the 2020 Internationale Kochkunstausstellung (IKA), or “culinary Olympics,” in Stuttgart, Germany.

Next steps for the youth team will be continuous practice sessions, complemented by extensive research of ideas, strategies and techniques, in preparation for the competition.

Elijah Luck

Elijah Luck, team captain, is a second year apprentice at Country Club of Leawood, working under Executive Chef Brian Jantz.


Melissa Dodd

Melissa Dodd is a first year apprentice at Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center, working under Executive Chef David Stevens.


Torian Jenkins

Torian Jenkins is a first year apprentice at Lake Quivira Country Club, working under Executive Chef Michael Lamping, CEC.


Ellianna Pageler

Ellianna Pageler is a first year apprentice at Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center, working under Executive Chef David Stevens.


Bailey Sargent

Bailey Sargent is a first year culinary student at Johnson County Community College.


Madison Woods

Madison Woods is a second year apprentice at Ameristar Casino North Kansas City, working under Executive Chef Joseph Perez.


Edward Adel

Edward Adel, CEC, team coach, is a culinary instructor Johnson County Community College.