ACF Culinary Team

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The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), established in 1929 and the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America, is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions. ACF Culinary Team consists of a national, military, regional and youth team. Each of these teams will represent the United States at the 2012 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Exhibition, also known as the “culinary Olympics,” in Erfurt, Germany.

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Free Gift With Donation!

Just in time for the holiday season. Make a donation to ACF Culinary Team USA and receive a free gift, through Dec. 31, while supplies last.

$15 donation—Team pin
$25 donation—Team bottle opener/keychain
$35 donation—Team towel
$45 donation—Team hat
$75 donation—all four items

Donate online, call (904) 484-0202 or send a check to ACF Culinary Team USA, American Culinary Federation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095.


Help ACF Culinary Team USA Go for Gold!
 They are on the road to success after an impressive showing at the 2010 Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg. These passionate team members are generously dedicating their time and energy in their quest for the gold, as they represent American chefs and cuisine at this elite international competition, IKA. Share our vision and be a part of the journey. Join your ACF region’s fundraising competition, and help your chapter to win. Make a donation today!

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Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup 2010

Congratulations to ACF Culinary Team USA for their stellar performance at the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup 2010. The national team placed third overall with gold medals in the hot-food portion and cold-food display. The military team, USACAT, won gold in cold-food and bronze in hot-food placing sixth overall. Both teams represented the United States proudly executing the highest caliber of cooking on a world stage. Experience their journey through updates andphotos.

National Team

Team Captain Joseph Leonardi, CEC, ACF Rhode Island Chapter; Timothy Bucci, CEC, CCE, CHE, ACF Louis Joliet Chapter; Ben Grupe, Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.; Jennifer Kopp, CEPC, ACF Nations Capital Chefs Association; J. Kevin Storm, CEC, CCA, AAC, Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.; and Eddie Tancredi, ACF Columbus Chapter. More

Regional Team

Brian Campbell, CEC, CCE, ACF Inc. Charlotte Chapter; Shawn Culp, CEC, FMP, ACF Pittsburgh Chapter; Adam Heath, CSC, ACF National; and John Reed, CEC, CCA, ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.

Youth Team

Representing ACF Bay Area Chefs Association of Oregon and from Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, Coos Bay, Ore.: Team Coach Randy Torres, CEC; Team Captain Edalyn Garcia; Laura Chandler; Maddie Cutts; Reilly Meehan; and Krista Nakamura. Learn more and visit the youth team’s website.

Military Team

The U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team (USACAT) has been competing in the “culinary Olympics” since 1976. Competing at local, national and international culinary competitions offers the military chefs the opportunity to sharpen and broaden his or her cooking skills. Learn More

The Team Behind the Team

The success of ACF Culinary Team USA depends on more than just the team members. Managers, coaches and advisors play a vital part. Learn More