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 a creative entrée featuring the mandatory ingredient, a whole frozen turkey, to create a nutritionally balanced plate.
Challenge Rules & Eligibility