Culinary Challenge

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 2015 National Culinary Challenge will take place on Thursday, July 23, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana, during the national conference. Competitors will be required to incorporate the featured protein, buffalo flank steak.

The Culinary Challenge is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

The 2015 Regional competitions have been completed. Congratulations to the regional winners listed below, we look forward to seeing you compete in Indianapolis.

2015 Culinary Challenge Contestants

Eric Cartwright, University of Missouri, Midwest Region 
William Rogers, University of Maryland, Mid-Atlantic Region 
Juan Evangelista, Rice University, Southern Region 
Vincent Gustavson, Yale University, Northeast Region
David Teal, University of Southern California, Pacific Region
Cassie Kelsch, University of Utah, Continental Region 

2015 Culinary Challenge Judges

Rene Marquis, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC (lead judge)
Larry Matson, CEC, CCE, AAC
Derek Spendlove, CEPC, CCE, AAC

Culinary Challenge Sponsor
US Foods


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