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 2016 National Culinary Challenge will take place on Thursday, July 14, during the national conference in Anaheim, California. Competitors will be required to incorporate the featured ingredients to include Bhutanese red rice, edamame, and black kale.
The Culinary Challenge is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
The 2015 Culinary Challenge has been completed.
Congratulations to the winners listed below!!
2015 Culinary Challenge Results
First Place & Gold Medal: Cassie Kelsch, University of Utah, Continental Region
Second Place & Gold Medal: Eric Cartwright, University of Missouri, Midwest Region
Third Place & Silver Medal: Juan Evangelista, Rice University, Southern Region
William Rogers, University of Maryland, Mid-Atlantic Region
Vincent Gustavson, Yale University, Northeast Region
David Teal, University of Southern California, Pacific Region
Rene Marquis, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC (lead judge)
Larry Matson, CEC, CCE, AAC
Derek Spendlove, CEPC, CCE, AAC
Culinary Challenge Sponsor