ACF Culinary Arts Competition

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 Plater     (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
  • Chowder

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.

Competition Application Deadline
All Competition Applications are due at Midnight on August 20th, 2017

ACF Approved Competitions

Info, Forms & Waivers

Download the ACF Approved Competition Application Form. Then click on any of the competition categories below for quick information and to download their specific Rules & Waiver Forms.

Competition Date: September 11, 2017
Grand Prize: $1000 & Trophy
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $500

This competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Awards, medals, and cash prizes will be given away after the competition that day. Up to twenty (18) individuals will compete in this ACF Contemporary Competition.

Download Cold Platter Rules & Waiver Form

Competition Date: September 10, 2017

Sugar & Chocolate Combined
First Place: $2000
Second Place: $1000
Third Place: $750
Fourth Place: $500
Fifth Place: $300

Student Prizes
First Place: $500
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $250

 

This competition is open to all chefs and pastry chefs and will take place in conjunction with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association at the Orange County Convention Center. Centerpieces must be set up by 8:00 a.m. on Sunday September 10, 2017 at the Culinary Arts Competition Tasting Area. Mail in the registration form, together with $50.00 PER SHOW PIECE being entered. Awards will be given at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10th at the Culinary Arts Competition Tasting.

Download Pastry Rules & Waiver Form

Competition Date: September 11, 2017
Grand Prize: $1000 & Traveling Trophy
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $500

This competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Awards, medals, and cash prizes will be given away after the competition that day. Up to twenty (18) individuals will compete in this ACF Contemporary Competition.

Download Pork Signature Recipe Rules & Waiver Form

Competition Date: September 12, 2017
Grand Prize: $1000 & Traveling Trophy
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $500

This competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Awards, medals, and cash prizes will be given away after the competition that day. Up to sixteen (16) individuals will compete in this ACF Contemporary Competition

Download Farm to Table Rules & Waiver Form

Open Tasting Competitions

Info, Forms & Waivers

Download the Open Tasting Competition Application Form. Then click on any of the competition categories below for quick information and to download their specific Rules & Waiver Forms.

Competition Date: September 10, 2017
Grand Prize: $500 & Trophy
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100

This competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Awards, medals, and cash prizes will be given away after the competition that day. Up to (20) Restaurants/Teams will compete in this competition.

Download One Pot Chili Rules & Waiver Form

Competition Date: September 11, 2017
First Place: $500 & Trophy
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100

This competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Awards, medals, and cash prizes will be given away after the competition that day. Up to (20) restaurants/teams will compete in this competition.

Download Grilled Cheese Rules & Waiver Form

Competition Date: September 12, 2017
First Place: $500 & Trophy
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100

This competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Awards, medals, and cash prizes will be given away after the competition that day. Up to (20) teams will compete in this competition.

Download Chowder Rules & Waiver Form