Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Culinary Arts Competition held during the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show on September 6th-8th at the Orange County Convention Center.

2018 ACF-SANCTIONED CULINARY ARENA COMPETITIONS

Taste of Elegance Pork Signature Recipe Competition:
1st Place Gold Medal: Lance Cook, Hammock Dunes Club
2nd Place Gold Medal: Angel Santiago, Universal Orlando Resort
3rd Place Silver Medal: Dennis Roach, Walt Disney World

Duck Signature Recipe Competition:
1st Place Gold Medal: Justin Maurinus, The Club at Mediterra
2nd Place Silver Medal: Lance Cook, Hammock Dunes Club
3rd Place Silver Medal: Michael Priola, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Farm to Table Vegetarian Signature Recipe Competition:
1st Place Gold Medal: Bounphet Chanthavong, Shadow Wood Country Club
2nd Place Silver Medal: Christian Markussen, Florida Technical College
3rd Place Silver Medal: Juan Cruz, Bonita Country Club

Florida Pastry Challenge – Student Category:
1st Place Silver Medal: Yoleida Davila, Second Harvest Food Bank
2nd Place Silver Medal: Abdul Haq Siddiqui, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
3rd Place Bronze Medal: Jolina Baron, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Florida Pastry Challenge – Professional Category:
1st Place Silver Medal: Timothy Blouin, Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club
2nd Place Silver Medal: Raymond Blanchard, The Everglades Club
3rd Place Bronze Medal: Pablo Rodriguez, Rosen Hotel & Resort

Florida Pastry Challenge – Wedding Cake Category:
1st Place Silver Medal: Cheryl Figueroa, Universal Orlando Resort
2nd Place Bronze Medal: Denise Carino, NUC Florida Technical College
3rd Place Bronze Medal: Oscar Pagan, Treasure Cakes by Pagan & Shaffer

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2018 TASTING ARENA COMPETITIONS *

Florida ProStart Best Grilled Cheese Competition:
1st Place: J.P. Taravella HS
2nd Place: Martin County High School
3rd Place: South Lake High

Scott Joseph’s “Next Big Thing” Sous Chef Competition:
1st Place: Jacob Rios, B Resorts
2nd Place: Denny Roach, Walt Disney World
3rd Place: Edwin Fernandez, JW Marriott Grande Lakes

O-Town MacDown Competition:
1st Place: Terrence Tookes
2nd Place: Bryan Frick, Nestle Professional
3rd Place: Daniel Gill & Dylan Beck, WDW Swan & Dolphin Resort

* Note:

Due to a clerical error, People’s Choice Winners were not recorded and that information is currently unavailable.

2017 Culinary Arts Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Culinary Arts Competition held during the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show on October 11-13th at the Orange County Convention Center.

Taste of Elegance Pork Signature Recipe Competition:
1st Place Gold Medal: Michael Priola – ACF Tampa Bay Chapter
2nd Place Gold Medal: Angel Santiago – Universal Orlando Resort
3rd Place Silver Medal: Kyle Hash – Crush Eleven

Florida Pastry Challenge – Student Category:
1st Place Bronze Medal: Cristina Camacho- Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort
2nd Place Bronze Medal: Jonathan Hacker – Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort
3rd Place Diploma: Jennyfer Wagner – Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort

Florida Pastry Challenge – Professional Category:
1st Place Gold Medal: Sofiane Ait-Sghir – Four Seasons Orlando resort
2nd Place Silver Medal: Pablo A. Rodriguez Davilla – Rosen Shingle Creek
3rd Place Silver Medal: Rodrigo Nunez – Royal Pacific Hotel

Florida Pastry Challenge – Wedding Cake Category:
1st Place Silver Medal: Elizabeth Balderaz – Memorial Bakery
2nd Place Bronze Medal: Vaishali Ramjee – Royal Pacific Hotel
3rd Place Silver Medal: Jamie Barth – Sweet Shops by 4Rivers

Signature Vegetable Recipe Competition:
1st Place Gold Medal: Michael Priola – ACF Tampa Bay Chapter
2nd Place Silver Medal: Denny Roach – Walt Disney World
3rd Place Silver Medal: Haim Asher – Universal Orlando Resort