Culinary Challenge

The Culinary Challenge recognizes the exceptional culinary expertise within collegiate dining. The Challenge is a live competition at the regional level, with regional winners advancing to the National Conference, where they will compete before a live audience. The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) recognizes the skills necessary for chefs to bring together within their creations – a combination of organization, talent, technique, taste, and style. The winner of the Culinary Challenge is recognized during National Conference with an award and cash prize, highlighted in Campus Dining Today®, the official magazine of NACUFS, and may earn a medal from the American Culinary Federation.

The individual competitors will face off against the clock to prepare their original recipe featuring the mandatory protein. For 2023, each competitor will be provided with (2) 1 lb. pork tenderloins, 1 lb. ground pork and ½ lb. slab smoked bacon. They must use all three types of pork to build a nutritionally balanced plate including starch, vegetables, and sauce that will impress even the most discerning judge. The application window for 2023 has closed.

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2023 Culinary Challenge Sponsors