ACF Culinary Arts Competition

The American Culinary Federation’s Central Florida Chapter is excited to host the ACF Culinary Arts Competition again for the 22nd year in a row. This competition takes place during the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show held on September 6-8, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center. (2018 FRLA Show website) This year, we have some exciting changes in the competition schedule. Several competition favorites remain, but we have added a few new competition formats based on current trends in the restaurant industry. These new competitions will increase our variety of flavors and competitors at the show. It will be a showcase of good food, friendly competition, and themed fun.

The ACF-Approved competitions are:

  • Wedding Cake (C-4)
  • Centerpiece- Chocolate, Cooked Sugar, Pastillage and Marzipan (D-4)
  • Duck Signature Recipe Competition (KC)
  • “Taste of Elegance” Pork Signature Recipe Competition (KC)
  • Farm to Table Signature Recipe Competition (KG)

The NEW open competition categories in our Tasting Arena are:

  • “2018 Florida ProStart Best Grilled Cheese”
  • Scott Joseph’s Sous Chef’s “Next Big Thing”
  • O-Town MacDown

For the Tasting Arena competitors will vie for two awards. One will be “People’s Choice”, judged by the FRLA Show attendees who purchase tickets to enter the Tasting Arena to sample and vote for their favorite flavors of the day. The “Judge’s Choice” award will be earned from a panel of local executive chefs and celebrities.

The ACF CFC Culinary Arts Competition Committee has announced the theme for the Florida Pastry Challenge competition: “Music of the 80’s”.


Thursday, September 6th

  • Wedding Cake
  • Chocolate & Sugar Centerpiece with Pastillage and Marzipan
  • 2018 Florida ProStart Best Grilled Best Grilled Cheese
  • Duck Signature Recipe

Friday, September 7th

  • “Taste of Elegance” Pork Signature Recipe
  • O-Town MacDown

Saturday, September 8th

  • Farm to Table Signature Vegetarian Recipe
  • Scott Joseph’s Sous Chef “Next Big Thing”

For more information please contact:

Extended Competition Application Deadline
All Competition Applications are due at 6 PM on August 25th, 2018