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October 15, 2019

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College has partnered with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to host the first ever America’s Cup Competition.

This battle of culinary talent between JCCC’s renowned ACF Culinary Youth Team USA 2020 and Canada’s Junior Culinary Team will take place on Oct. 26 at the Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy. Approximately 150 high school students, their parents, judges and other guests are invited to observe and taste-test meals from both teams as they compete for the title of Best Chef in the Americas.

Each team will create an elaborate three-course meal, of 60 plates each. The menu will comprise a seafood appetizer, a protein-fueled entrée, side dishes and a dessert.

After the meal, competitors will receive feedback from advisors, judges and coaches. The winning team will receive the Michele Bouit Tom Macrina Trophy.

This competition is great practice for both teams as they prepare for the International Culinary Olympics next year in Germany.

As the 2020 ACF Culinary Youth Team USA, JCCC’s junior culinary team will represent JCCC, the ACF and all young chefs in the country at future competitions and practice sessions.

ACF is one of the largest professional chefs organizations in North America. As a leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeships and competitions, the ACF strives to enhance professional growth for current and future chefs.