The American Culinary Federation’s Central Florida Chapter is excited to host the ACF Culinary Arts Competition again for the 21st year in a row. This competition takes place during the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show held on September 10-12, 2017. (2017 Florida Restaurant & Lodging 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 Competition categories that will remain are:
- Cold Platter (A-1)
- Wedding Cake (C-4)
- Showpiece Chocolate, Cooked Sugar, Pastillage and Marzipan (D-4)
- Taste of Elegance Pork Signature Recipe Competition (KC)
- Farm to Table Vegetarian Signature Recipe Competition (KG)
The NEW Open Tasting Competition categories are:
- One Pot Chili
- Grilled Cheese
For the new categories, competitors will vie for two awards. One will be “People’s Choice”, judged by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show attendees who purchase tickets to enter the competition area 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. Each award will be given to the top three competitors in that category.
The ACF/CFC Culinary Arts Competition Committee will shortly announce their “competition theme” which will be utilized for the creative design in the competition categories and encouraged with each competitor or team’s production/serving area through props and costuming. “Team Theme” prizes will be awarded daily.