Culinary Competition

It's time to get your winning team together!

AHF's Culinary Competition is a career changing opportunity for our competiting member teams. Five teams of two are selected from self-operated facilities around the country. Each year our five teams compete for Gold, Silver, and Bronze spots across a two hour timed competition with set ingredient options selected from AHF's curated Market Basket. Competitors are selected through a rigorous, blinded, selection process. In 2019 AHF had it's highest ever submission and competition was fierce to gain a coveted competition spot. Be sure to attend AHF 2020 and watch our teams go for the Gold. 
    • 2020 Competition Rules - Coming Soon
    • Equipment Listwhat's provided by AHFComing Soon!
For teams looking to submit themselves for selection, please read all our rules, regulations, and tips below carefully. Please be sure to request any additional equipment in the application.
    • You must have all the required documents in order to submit your application online.
    • When submitted successfully, you will receive a confirmation email with your completed form contents and a link to edit.
    • You may use the link to edit your submission before the deadline.

Deadline to apply: Coming Soon. 

If you have any questions, please email AHF Staff at culinary@healthcarefoodservice.org.

Facebook Live Stream

Beginning in 2019, AHF began live streaming it's Culinary Competition so that competitors facilities, family, and colleagues could watch from home as well as other AHF supporters. AHF will continue this in 2020.
Watch 2019 Facebook Live Stream


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Webinar 

AHF panel of chefs will present a webinar on tips and tricks to get your team selected for this year's competition! The webinar will take place in early 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Q: Can the competitors heat water prior to the start of the competition?
    A: Yes, they will be allowed to, as we allowed this in previous years.
  • Q: Can the competitors bring their own stock?
    A:  Yes. If you wish to bring your own stock, you must find a way to ship it to the hotel and store it safely. The stock must be included in your original recipe and meet the nutritional guidelines.
  • Q: Can you apply to compete with another member in a sister facility?
    A: No, both team members must be from the same facility. Two teams from the same system may apply separately.
  • Q: Can one team submit more than one recipe?
    A: Yes, this has been done in previous years.
  • Q: How many portions are you expected to prepare?
    A: 6 portions
  • Q: When will the applicants find out if their team has been selected?
    A: End of May
  • Q: Can you use sous vide
    A: Yes, sous vide is allowed. If you would like to bring additional equipment than what is provided on the Equipment List, please submit for approval on the online application.
  • Q: How many teams compete?
    A: 5 teams of 2
  • Q: Will there be storage and refrigeration space available?
    A: Yes, both dry storage and refrigeration will be available the day prior to the competition. More instructions will be given to selected finalists.
  • Q: How much time will we have before the start of the competition?
    A: 1 hour to wash vegetables, arrange the space, boil water. No cutting vegetables will be allowed.
  • Q: Are we supposed to go shopping for the ingredients before the competition?
    A: Market basket ingredients will be provided for you. Any additional ingredients must be picked up before the event.  Local grocery stores in Scottsdale will be provided. If you are shipping any products, shipping instructions will be given to you.
  • Q: Do we need to bring our own wash and sanitation station?
    A: To be determined, varies by conference location. Your runner will have access to it during the competition.
  • Q: Will there be station storage available?
    A: Each team will be given a speed rack, with sheet trays that can be used to organize your materials.
  • Q: Can the mystery ingredient be free of common allergens?
    A: Yes, the committee will keep that in consideration when selecting.
  • Q: Are eggs counted as an additional protein?  
    A: No, not if it is not center of the plate
  • Q: Can you do Sous vide finishing or ahead?
    No, you cannot do sous vide ahead. You will have to start the sous vide at the beginning of the 75 mins.
  • Q: Is there a list of food vendors that service the hotel?
    A: Please contact culinary@healthcarefoodservice.org, so we can provide you with what will be made available. 
  • Q: Is the selection committee using a specific software to determine nutrition requirements that we can use to be sure they match?
    A: We recommend using whatever your hospital uses or a commercial version. Please do not use an open source one from the Internet.
  • Q: Do we bring our own plates or are they provided?
    A:  AHF will provide each team with the 12" white plates.