ACF Culinary Competition

The 2016 ACF Culinary Arts Competitions at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show are sponsored by the American Culinary Federation (ACF)/Central Florida Chapter (CFC)

Over $35,000 in prizes will be awarded!

Detailed Competition Information Available Here

The 2016 Competition is held in memory of our friend and colleague, Chef John Harold Kacala, CEC, AAC.  A portion of the proceeds from this year's show will go to the scholarship fund set up by the American Academy of Chefs in Chef Kacala's name.


The R.L. Schreiber Apprentice/Jr. Member Florida State Championship Team Skills Competition

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Up to 15 teams (composed of Culinary Students) will compete against each other for the opportunity to represent their College. Each team member must be registered with the ACF in order to enter the competition. Each team will be tested in the following: Practical and Contemporary Cooking-Skill, Skills Salon (local, state, & regional) and Cooking Phase (local, state, & regional).


Taste of Elegance Pork Signature Recipe Competition

Thursday, September 29, 2016

This competition is open to all chefs (ACF & Non-ACF) and is designed to encourage up to 20 chefs to creatively prepare and feature fresh pork on their restaurant, non-commercial foodservice or catering menu. Each participating chef will develop a main entree recipe utilizing whole muscle pork.

The Two Man Team USA Culinary Cup Challenge Team Competition

Tuesday through Thursday, September 27-29, 2016

The Competition will take place over a three day period (Tuesday, September 27 - Thursday, September 29, 2016). Teams will compete against each other (4 teams each day) in the USA Culinary Cup Two Man Team Competition. Each team will have up to 5 hours to prepare and 20 miutes to plate, a four course meal, while following strict guidelines. On the final day of the competition, awards, medals and cash prizes will be given out.

Chef's Table Luncheon

Ticket Price $35.00

You're invited to sit, relax and enjoy a four course meal…without leaving the tradeshow floor! At 12:30 pm each day, the teams competing in the USA Culinary Cup Two Man Team Competition will serve their signature dishes to a "restaurant style" dining room at the back of the tradeshow floor. Tickets must be purchased in advance on the registration page of this website. Tickets are available to both attendees and exhibitors and are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Florida Pastry Challenge

Tuesday - Thursday, September 27-29, 2016

It's time to showcase your talents, Chefs! This competition is compromised of two categories: student pastry chefs & professional pastry chefs. The goal for the students is to reinforce the basic execution of fundamentals (not to force them to display advanced creativity during a period when learning and practicing basic skills are necessary). The second category is open to all Pastry Chefs, they must create their centerpiece based on this year's theme "Steam Punk". They are allowed two mediums: Sugar or Chocolate. All chefs must have their centerpieces set up by 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.


Freshpoint and Harvill's Produce Farm to Table Vegetarian Signature Recipe Competition 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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FreshPoint produce company and Harvill's produce company signature recipe competition is a chef's competition designed to encourage chefs to creatively prepare and feature a fresh farm to table vegetarian entree on their restaurant, non-commercial foodservice or catering menus.  The competition will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2016.