Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Calling All Foodies - New Culinary Competition in Hot Springs

State’s First American Culinary Federation Competition Set for Hot Springs

Chefs, students to compete for $8,000 in cash and scholarships May 11

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – April 18, 2011 – Nationally and regionally renowned chefs will compete from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the state’s first American Culinary Federation-sanctioned culinary competition. The event will be held at the Hot Springs Convention Center in conjunction with the annual Ben E. Keith Food Expo, with contestants competing for more than $8,000 in cash and scholarships.

Area “foodies” are familiar with the many “Iron Chef” style culinary competitions that have been held in Arkansas, but ACF-sanctioned events differ in many ways, including the strict qualifications for judges. Judges must have won gold medals in all categories of competition, gone through ACF training sessions, and have experience as apprentices at other competitions. At least one judge must have international competition experience.

The May 11 ACF competition will feature chefs who have competed internationally as well as chefs who have excelled around the country and across Arkansas. There will also be a student competition featuring soon-to-be-chefs from the ACF-accredited culinary school at Pulaski Technical College.

The Ben E. Keith Food Expo is open to the foodservice company’s customers and prospects, but anyone who wants to attend the ACF competition can get a spectator badge at the Food Expo registration booth at the show’s main entrance. Admission is free.

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