The 2017 National Culinary Challenge will take place on Thursday, July 13, during the national conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Competitors will be required to incorporate the featured ingredient of Bone-In Pork Loin, 4-8 bones (chine bone may be removed before the competition)–other pork cuts may be included in the dish. The Culinary Challenge recognizes outstanding food preparation and presentation skills in collegiate dining services. The winners of each of the association's regional culinary contests square off at the national conference for gold, silver, and bronze medals before a live audience of college and university foodservice managers and industry suppliers.
The Culinary Challenge is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).