5-8 Sep 2022
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

ACF Competition Arena

Join the Australian Culinary Federation in recognising outstanding industry professionals with a range of important awards. Plus get involved in a Yum Cha challenge!

8 - 11 March
ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
Free

Chefs, trainees and apprentices will have the opportunity to pit their skills against each other and against the clock, competing for a share of the cash and prizes.

Chefs of the highest calibre and skill level are invited to showcase their talents in front of the Fine Food audience and will be judged by a panel of registered ACF Judges.

This year the extensive competition program will include the National Apprentice Competition 2021 Final, ACF Most Outstanding Chef /Apprentice/Trainee , Lakanto Most Outstanding Pastry Chef/Apprentice Chef/Trainee, Yum Cha Challenge, Tabasco Team Challenge & an extended list of Live individual events.

Included in the competition arena will be:

  • A demonstration stage hosting a series of free 30 minute demonstrations relevant the culinary industry from industry professionals,
  • The ACF / Moffat Chef lounge that has prime viewing position for all competitions and is also a place for all to catch up after 2 long years.

 

WATCH THE BEST CHEFS, TRAINEES & APPRENTICES FROM AROUND AUSTRALIA

 

Watch as they showcase their skills and compete against the clock – and each other! Check out the awards up for grabs. See program and learn more information below.

More Competition Information

Competition Criteria

Tabasco Team Details

Yum Cha Team Details

Entry Form

National Apprentice Award


National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge


Best Yum Cha Award


Lakanto Pastry Chef of the Year


Tuesday 8 March 2022

7:30am – Sugar Paste Cakes

Sweet Buffet Centrepiece

10am – 6pm – Demonstration Kitchen

Individual Live Challenges

A decorated wedding cake of one or more tiers suitable for a modern wedding coated with sugar paste.

This category includes any form of decorative and artistic display made from food materials.

A series of free 30 minute demonstrations relevant the culinary industry from industry professionals will include medal presentations for static & live individual competitions.

60 minute individual live cooking competitions including:

  • Lamb, Beef, Veal Main Course
  • Live Challenge Seafood Main Course
  • Live Challenge Poultry Main Course
  • Live Challenge Live Filled Pasta Challenge
  • Plant Based or Vegetarian Main Course Live Challenge
  • Paella Live Challenge Tapas Live Challenge
  • Burger Live Challenge
  • Traditional Croquembouche Challenge
  • Dessert Live Challenge

National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge

Each year the Australian Culinary Federation (ACF) conducts a cooking competition for Secondary School Students in each Australian state. This competition is a great opportunity for students with an interest in becoming a chef to gain invaluable contacts within the hospitality industry. It is also a lot of fun, and a great learning experience for staff and students alike. The aim of this competition is to give students an insight into the hospitality industry and to identify and encourage students who demonstrate a talent and a passion for cooking. the 2021 National Final will be held in the Culinary Challenge Arena.

Wednesday 9 March 2022

7:30am – Torte or Gateaux for Eight (8)

10am-6pm – Demonstration Kitchen

Individual Live Challenges

Present torte/gateaux of your choice with maximum size 22cm x eight (8) portions. All components of the decoration and cake must be edible.

A series of free 30 minute demonstrations relevant the culinary industry from industry professionals will include medal presentations for static & live individual competitions

60 minute live individual cooking competition including:

  • Lamb, Beef, Veal Main Course Live Challenge
  • Seafood Main Course Live Challenge
  • Poultry Main Course Live Challenge
  • Live Filled Pasta Challenge
  • Plant Based or Vegetarian Main Course Live Challenge
  • Paella Live Challenge
  • Tapas Live Challenge
  • Burger Live Challenge
  • Traditional Croquembouche Challenge
  • Dessert Live Challenge

Lakanto Pastry Chef of the Year

More details coming soon…

Thursday 10 March 2022

7:30am – Petit Fours/Pralines

10am – 6pm – Demonstration Kitchen

Tabasco Team Challenge

5 varieties of 6 portions with an appropriate sweet centrepiece.

A series of free 30 minute demonstrations relevant the culinary industry from industry professionals will include medal presentations for static & live individual competitions.

Maximum 12 teams, 2 chefs per team consisting of 1 qualified chef & 1 apprentice or trainee or student. They will have 3 hours to prepare cook & serve a 3 course menu for 2 covers including:

  1. Vegan Entrée
  2. Main course using size 16 whole Duck
  3. Dessert

National Apprentice Competition

The NAC is a culmination of many apprentice competitions being held throughout the year in each state and territory and includes training chefs in each year of apprenticeship and a culinary students section. The best apprentice from each apprentice year and culinary student section from each state and territory are brought together to compete and decide the overall winners.

9am – 11am 1st Year Apprentice Cooks

11am – 2pm 2nd Year Apprentice Cooks

2pm-5pm Culinary Students

Friday 11 March 2022

10am – 3pm – Demonstration Kitchen

National Apprentice Competition

A series of free 30 minute demonstrations relevant the culinary industry from industry professionals will include medal presentations for static & live individual competitions.

The NAC is a culmination of many apprentice competitions being held throughout the year in each state and territory and includes training chefs in each year of apprenticeship and a culinary students section. The best apprentice from each apprentice year and culinary student section from each state and territory are brought together to compete and decide the overall winners. Final Year Apprentice Chefs.

Yum Cha Challenge

2 Competitors per team have 60 minutes to prepare & cook and 20 minutes to serve 25 pieces of Yum Cha cuisines with appropriate garnishes and sauces, using duck, pork, seafood, beef and vegetables with accompanying sauces:

  • 1 x duck dish (5 pieces)
  • 1 x pork dish (5 pieces)
  • 1 x seafood dish (5 pieces)
  • 1 x beef dish (5 pieces)
  • 1 x vegetarian dish (5 pieces)
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