The American Culinary Federation is hosting a multi-category food competition on August 29, 2015 at The Art Institute of California in Los Angeles. The ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California event will feature a variety of cooking, baking and, of course, fruit and vegetable carving contests. Entry is open to anyone and you do not have to be an ACF member to join.
The Fruit and Vegetable Carving competition is a part of the Showpieces category, which serves to demonstrate the difference between cookery and culinary arts. Some of the basic guidelines for this category include a maximum base of 30″ x 30″ with no height restrictions. While minimal use of toothpicks and skewers may be used to hold the display together, non-edible floral and foliage are prohibited.
Some tips for creating a strong display that will impress the judges include demonstrating a variety of techniques in your carving and presenting a clean, attractive table to add to the beauty of your carving.
Mauro Rossi, who is the organizer of this event, wrote,
This pictures are from the International Culinary Olympics (IKA) in Germany, but this is pretty much what most competitors strive for. Cheers.”
Carvings will be assessed via critique and score. The critiques are provided by trained culinary judges and are meant to serve as a learning tool for competitors. The judges will point out both strong and weak areas and suggest ways to improve future carvings.
The judges will also award points in several categories while viewing the display. For the Showpieces category, there are 25 points available for presentation, 25 for artistic achievement and 50 for craftsmanship and quality of work.
The breakdown of medals and awards are as follows:
Gold with Special Certificate: 100 points
Gold: 90-99.99 points
Silver 80-89.99 points
Bronze: 70-79.99 points
Certificate of Participation: Below 70
If you’re interested in participating in this ACF Competition at The Art Institute of California in Los Angeles, you may register here. Registration fees are $125 for professionals and $75 for students. Contact Mauro Rossi for more information at [email protected]
You can find information on other ACF Competitions in other parts of the U.S. by clicking here.