The Tampa chapter of the American Culinary Federation is proud to announce their participation in the 25th IKA Culinary Olympics held in Stuttgart, Germany February 14-19, 2020 with Team USA. Local Tampa ACF members on the team roster included: Rene Marquis Team Manager, Vanessa Marquis Chef team member, Kevin Maier Sous Chef and team sponsors Michael Thrash, Barry Reid, Geoff Blanchette and Zoltan Vajna. More information about the competition may be found at the website (2020 IKA Culinary Olympics).
Team USA results include: Restaurant of Nations, Silver medal and Chef’s Table Bronze Medal. National USA Junior Team took a Silver medal for Restaurant of Nations and a Bronze medal for ILA Buffet. The USA Military Team won a Silver medal while the USA Regional Team took both a Gold and Bronze medal in what was an intense competition among 110 teams from 67 countries.
About the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter:
Our chapter’s purpose is the advancement of the culinary profession and culinary awareness through education and certification of the membership and close interaction with other local organizations. The chapter membership is composed of chefs, cooks, culinary educators, students, culinary enthusiasts and purveyors from Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas Counties and the surrounding metro area. Our primary local outreach program is the ACF Educational Foundation’s Chef & Child Initiative, an ongoing program whereby our chapter chefs educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition by providing tools and resources for community-based programs led by American Culinary Federation chef members.
About the American Culinary Federation:
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. is a professional, not-for-profit organization for chefs and cooks. It was founded in 1929 in New York City by three Chefs organizations: the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs Association of America. The principle goal of the founding chefs remains true to the ACF today – to promote the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education among culinarians at all levels, from apprentices to the most accomplished Certified Master Chefs. Successful culinarians know the value of belonging to the oldest and largest organization of chefs and cooks in the United States.
Tampa Chapter American Culinary Federation