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ACF Culinary Challenge

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College Culinary Arts
Exhibit Hall – Monday

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Culinary students from the Midwest’s best technical colleges and universities compete in a challenging competition.

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Teams of two culinary students will work together to create two courses, a starter and entrée. The trick? They will need to creatively incorporate three surprise ingredients into the two plates.

The surprise ingredients will be revealed to the competitors before the event so they have time to prepare. It won’t be easy – the ingredients could be wild, wacky or commonplace and include things like chocolate syrup, flavored soda or harissa paste.

Winning teams receive trophies and cash prizes - $300 for 1st, $200 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd.

See Wisconsin's 2017 Winners

$150 per team if registration received prior to February 1, 2018.
$200 per team if registration received after February 1, 2018.

To begin the registration process, fill out the form here.

Click here to download the procedures and rules for the culinary competition.



For questions on competition rules or other event-related questions, contact Alex Newman or call 800.589.3211.

If you are interested in supporting the event as a sponsor, contact Connie Fedor or call 800.589.3211. In addition to widespread recognition in Expo promotional materials and onsite, sponsors may play an additional role in shaping the competition.

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