2018 Culinary Challenge


This live competition recognizes outstanding organization, cooking skills, culinary technique, taste, and style. The winners of each of NACUFS’ regional culinary competitions square off at the national conference for gold, silver, and bronze medals before a live audience of college and university foodservice professionals, industry experts, and ACF judges.

Individual competitors faced off against the clock to prepare a creative entree, featuring the mandatory combination of Littleneck clams, whole squid, and oysters, to create an appetizing and inviting plate. See rules for more information.

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

The 2018 National Culinary Challenge took place on July 11, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island during NACUFS 2018 National Conference. Congratulations Humberto Espinal from Yale University, the winner of the 2018 Culinary Challenge Competition!