ACF Culinary Arts Competition

The American Culinary Federation’s Central Florida Chapter has hosted an annual ACF Culinary Arts Competition again for 24 years -- until 2020 when COVID-19 forced events to cancel for that year. Our competition returns again this year during the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show held September 19th & 20th, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center. (2021 FRLA Show website)

This year, we have some exciting competition category favorites. These competitions feature a variety of flavors, aromas and visual presentations at the show. It will be a showcase of good food, friendly competition, and themed fun.

The Culinary Competitions are:

  • Duck Signature Recipe Competition (KC)  *
  • Pork Signature Recipe Competition (KC)  *
  • 2021 Florida ProStart Best Grilled Cheese
  • 2021 Florida ProStart Best Mac & Cheese

* These competitions are ACF Approved but are open to all interested chefs.

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.


Sunday, September 19th

Monday, September 20th

For more information please contact Event Chairman Bryan Frick, CEC, AAC at

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