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Culinary Challenge

Live lobsterThe 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 2014 Culinary Challenge took place on Thursday, July 10, at the Hilton Baltimore, during the national conference. Competitors were required to incorporate the featured protein, live lobster.

The Culinary Challenge is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and is being sponsored by US Foods, Sea to Table and Chef Revival. 

Congratulations to Matthia Joseph Sccurso of the University of Massachusetts—the 2014 winner of the NACUFS Culinary Challenge!


2014 Culinary Challenge Contestants

Scott Turley, Grinnell College, Midwest Region 
Thomas Schraa, University of Maryland, Mid-Atlantic Region 
Martin de Santiago, Jr., Rice University, Southern Region 
Matthia Joseph Accurso, University of Massachusetts, Northeast Region
Edward Stephen Glebus, Jr., San Diego State University, Pacific Region
Eric Diaz, University of Utah, Continental Region 

Culinary Challenge Judges

NACUFS would like to thank the following ACF-sanctioned judges for agreeing to judge the 2014 Challenge:

Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC (lead judge)
Mark Spelman, CEC, AAC
Richard Schneider, CMC, AAC

Culinary Challenge MC
Mark Eggerding, US Foods