Review of 2012 Culinary Competitions

American Culinary FederationPresident's MessageReview of 2012 Culinary Competitions

Greetings Chefs, Culinarians, and Colleagues!

Looking for an opportunity to compete and showcase your skills? Here’s a quick list to help you find competitive events in our Region.

For Students:

March 5th – Third Annual Student Competition hosted by Bar Harbor Seafood during the March Chapter Meeting. (Click here for more meeting info, including a link to video highlights from last year’s competition).  Last year 6 teams had a lot of fun showing their skills in a competition with a focus on seafood. We even had teams from the Art Institute in Jacksonville and Tampa make the trip. In the end the competition team from Valencia CC, took 1st place. Everyone was a winner though as each competitor received a prize. It was a night of fun, networking, great food, and making new friends. The meeting and competition will begin promptly at 6:30pm so please be on time. All instructors who wish to have their teams participate, must RSVP with Chef Keith Esbin by calling him at 407-832-7330. We have room for 6 four-man teams and the spots fill up quickly. Look forward to seeing you there!

For Chef Members:

First, we’d like to remind you that a full list of Culinary Competitions exists at the ACF National website. Click here for a direct link to that page.

March 28th – Cold Food Competition, sponsored by the ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter (Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA)
Show Chair: Mark Milliron – or (770) 444-0768
Competition Category: A, B
Lead Judge: Russell Scott, CMC, WGMC –
Click here to download a PDF file of the application form.

April 23rd – Wake Tech’s Annual Culinary Arts Showcase, sponsored by the ACF Triangle Chefs Association (Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC)
Show Chair: Caralyn House – or (919) 866-5991
Click here to link to the show information website page.
Competition Categories: A, B, C, D, SA, SB, SC, SD, E1-4, W, SW. Wild Card – Customized Category 1: Bread Display: must include minimum of 3 different breads plus a bread sculpture; maximum display area of 36″x36″. Wild Card – Customized Category 2: Novelty cakes; maximum display area of 36″ x 36″, can be any height and shape
Gunter Heiland, CMPC, AAC will serve as Pastry Lead Judge.
Lead Judge: Roland Schaeffer, CEC, AAC, HOF

April 23–24th, 2012 ACF Poarch Creek Chapter Inc. (Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, Atmore, AL)
Show Chair: Donnah DeCambra – or (601) 497-1693
Competition Categories: A – D, SA – SD, K9, SK9
Lead Judge: Rene Marquis, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC

September 23-25th – International Food Expo Culinary Competitions, sponsored by the ACF Central Florida Chapter (2012 FRLA Show, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL)
There are over $50,000 in cash prizes to be won in these competitions.  Detailed competition information will be available soon on our chapter website.
Show Chair: Steven Jayson, CEC –

Joe Alfano, CEC
1st Vice President & Communication Chairperson

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