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American Culinary Classic Competition in Florida

The American Culinary Classic Competition that takes place at the Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show that will be happening on July 30 – August 3, 2015. It is put on by the American Culinary Federation. The location – the Orando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

We are past the official deadline to register but you may still be able to participate or attend. You can call (800) 624-9458. OR you can email [email protected]. You will find the Registration Form here. It contains detail about the competition structure and rules.

Fruit and vegetable carvings would be entered in the Showpiece division ot the American Culinary Classic Competition. Showpieces can be made of ice, vegetables, fruits, tallow, saltillage, pastillage, chocolate, marzipan and cooked sugar. They are judges for Degree of Difficulty, Scale and Size, and Artistic Achievement.

If you are not familiar with the AFC here’s a bit of info about it. The American Culinary Federation (ACF)  comprises more than 22,000 members in 230 chapters across the United States. It’s a non-profit organization based on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels. They offer educational programs, culinary competitions, chef certification, a national apprenticeship program, regional and national events and publications. The membership contains lots of chefs and culinary students yet, you don’t have to be a chef or aspiring chef to be a member. You can get more information at

I just learned that a past student/customer who has gone on to be a professional fruit carver, Pat O’Brien, is one of the presenters at the Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention and Show. Unfortunately HIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. Pat has won gold medals at ACF competitions and has carved for a televised event. Pat stumble across my website a couple of years ago. He started learning from my video lessons. He was a quick learner and quickly became talented carver.

Pat's gold medal winning fruit carving arrangement is an example of the types of carving you may see at the American Culinary Classic Competition

This is a section of Pat OBrien’s gold medal winning fruit carving arrangement at a past annual AFC competition. This is how Pat (1) carved only 1 year after his first melon carving attempt. Remarkable progress in only 1 year, don’t you think?

I can’t tell you how much you’re work and dvds have inspired me. Thank you for leading the way in carving and teaching me (virtually of course) so much.
Have a wonderful day, Patrick O’Brien

If you want to compete at an ACF chapter event near you, you can see the list of upcoming ACF competitions here. If you choose to attend or participate in the American Culinary Classic Competition, have fun!

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