Competitions play a vital role in culinary arts as they continually raise the standards of culinary excellence. There is no better way for a culinarian to hone their craft than by putting their skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive format.

Participation in ACF approved competitions will also earn you continuing education hours for ACF certification.

The WSCA hosts ACF sanctioned competitions on a regular basis and also enjoys hosting local culinary competitions to promote the Washington Culinary scene.

Each year schools from around the country participate in the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl (jeopardy of the culinary arts!). Schools compete on a regional level to gain the chance to compete nationally at the ACF National Convention. If your school is interested in competing,  click here for more information.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th, 2019 we will be having our annual Culinary Salon at Bellingham Technical College. Please click the image on the left to find more details and how to register and pay online.




On Saturday May 19, 2018 we hosted our annual Culinary Salon at The Art Institute Seattle. Twenty-five chefs and student chefs from around our state (as well as some from California) put their skills to the test under the watchful eyes of three well-respected and highly decorated chefs, two of them being Certified Master Chefs (CMC), all of whom flew in just for this event. And a HUGE thank you to Chef Janet Waters, CWPC, and Chef David Wynne, who facilitated this event and made it what it was! FANTASTIC! We also are fortunate to have supportive sponsors that helped us out with the competition.

Big thanks to: The Art Institute of Seattle, Food Services of America, BMI Hospitality Management, Smithfield Pork, Peterson Company, P&R Paper Supply Company, Two Snooty Chefs, and Royal Cup Coffee and Tea.


ACF/WSCA Culinary Competition 2016

2016 Salon Competition Pictures

Dear Culinarians,

Another tremendous year for competitions, our culinarians from around the region garnered more than 60 medals! Great job! We are all very proud of your hard work and dedication to our craft. I would like to take this moment to thank all those involved in the competition.

First and foremost we must thank the following people who work hard in making the competition the success it is. These individual work tirelessly for no rewards, no thanks, and most of us do not even see what they do. Please thank them for all their hard work and dedication.

Chef Brian McDonald CEC, CCE  (Mystery basket Kitchen)
Chef Nicole Carter ( skills Kitchen)
Chef Michael Higgins CCE (Ice Carving Area)
Chef Hilde Korsmo CWPC, CCE (pastry, fruit coffee, and lunch)
Chef Sheila Pfeiffer (all around)
Chef Janet Waters CWPC , (Scoring and Awards)

I would like to thank the sponsors, who we could not do without these following individuals donated $500.00 each

BTC chefs Club
Royal Cup Coffee
Canada Cutlery
AAC local
Exter house ( MLindens group)
Claus Meats (donated at least $500.0 in product for mystery baskets) lamb, pork butt, shoulders, Birds, fish, shellfish etc!

I would also like to thanks the judges for taking their weekend away from family and being the utmost professionals. These chefs travels from great lengths to share their wisdom and knowledge with each of you.

Chef Bill Franklin
Chef John Fisher
Chef Stafford Decambra
Chef Doug Fisher
Chef Peter Sproul
Chef Brandon Parry
Chef Spendlove

Thanks you again for all your support,  Michael

May 2015 - ACF Culinary Salon Competition

Congratulations to all competitors, I hope everyone had a great journey through the competition. It was great to see past competitors and great to meet all the new ones. I wish you all the best and congratulations on a job well done. Look below for pictures from the competition:

 Student Hot Food Competition - January 10, 2015

Three teams competed for the WSCA student hot food team on Saturday January 10th at Bellingham Technical College. Click here for pictures and more info...

Salon Du Chocolat Competition 2014


May 2014 - ACF Culinary Salon Competition

The WSCA completed their annual culinary salon on May 17th, 2014. Congratulations to all competitors for a job well done. Thanks to Le Cordon Bleu and Chef Sohonie for hosting the competition.  Thanks to Members Janet Waters, Mimi Stockmann, Mathew Dimeo and all the student volunteers from Bellingham Technical College. Thanks to Judges Chef Shawn Hanlin, Chef Doug Fisher, Chef John Fisher, and Chef Woojay Poytner. The competition was a wonderful success and opportunity for members and non-members to compete in a variety of categories, Competitors came from as a far away as Idaho, San Diego and Utah.

Student Winners
Jody Morris from South Seattle CC received a Gold medal SK2
Tiputha Gaspbretti – Silver and Bronze, SK1, SK 9
Emily Romnes - Silver, SK4
Rafeal Ramos – Bronze, SK1
Candis Outson – Bronze, SK 7
Burmaa Munkbat – Bronze, SK 1
Lauren Williams – Silver, SC4
Laura King – Silver, SC4
Kelly Hannah – Bronze, SD
Bradley Barth - Silver, SD
Michael Kerr - Certificate
Fredrick Robinson - Certificate

Brandon Lavielle – Bronze, K1
Peter Serrano – Silver, P2
Douglas Hinner – Bronze , K7
Jason Sipe – Bronze, K9
Erick Swenson - Gold, K1
Bob Donnelly- Silver, K2
Chuk Blessum - Bronze, K1
Taylor Kacerek - Silver, K1
Thomas Pham - Gold , K9
Nicki Occhipinti – Bronze, P2
Ryan Sharpe - Bronze, K2
Xochi Rocha - Gold, P2
Christopher Harris - Gold, D Sugar
Leslie Seiferle – Bronze , F1
Elijah Dalager – Silver, F1

Congratulations to all, and continued success in future competitions!
Chef Baldwin

January 2014 - Student Hot Food Competition

On January 18th, 2014 the WSCA held their student hot food competition at Le Cordon Bleu Seattle. The winner will represent Washington state at the ACF Western regional Conference in Oakland, Ca March 1st through the 6th. The teams competing were Bellingham Technical College, Le Cordon Bleu, Seattle, and Walla Walla Community College. All teams did an excellent job pushing through the stress and timelines of the competition. There were some wonderful skill sets demonstrated by all teams.  Le cordon Bleu received a Bronze Medal, Walla Walla received a bronze medal and Bellingham technical college received a Silver. Bellingham technical college will represent the state at the Western Regional Conference. Congratulation to all, and good luck Bellingham at regionals! View the slideshow below for a few pictures from the student hot food competition.

May 2013 - Culinary Salon Competition

Our annual culinary salon was held May 4, 2013 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. We want to thank all who participated to make this event possible. Our judges were Chefs John Fisher, Doug Fisher and Franz Popperal as well as Chef Roland Henin. In the F-1 Category earning gold medals were Michael Baldwin CEC, AAC, CCE (as well as in A-3), and Gilbert Roderiguez. Earning silver medals were Chris Bowens and Jeff Euteneier. In the K-9 category we had Kelly Sasuga with a silver medal, in category D Karen Neugebauer and Josh DoRion with bronze medals. In the student categories with bronze medals were Troy Jones, Aliccia Better, Christopher Davis, Connor Whaley, Kris Kim, Jordon Richendefer. Earning a silver was Christopher Ranwell. In the K-1 Category Anita Alten with a bronze and Kelly Sasuga with a gold. P-2 produced a silver for Ashareen Ritter and a gold for Marisela Vidala. Our toques off to these competitors. It takes a lot of personal time and energy to compete as well as nerves of steel. Congratulations again. To our many volunteers we could not have done it without you as well.

October 2010 - Crab Cake Competition

In October 2010 we had our first "Best of the Pacific Northwest" event, with Gold Sponsors Ocean Beauty  Seafoods and Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission providing all our  Dungeness Crab of the competition.  View more details  about this competition here...

December 5, 2009 - Student Hot Team Competition

Congratulations to Renton Technical College for taking home the gold for Washington State at the Student Hot Team Competition which took place in Coos Bay, Oregon on December 5, 2009.  Click here for all the details. Kudos to Bellingham Technical College for a strong showing.  Renton will now compete for the state at the ACF Western Regional conference February 6-8, 2010 in New Mexico.  Go Team!

Renton Team

AUGUST 8, 2009 - Competition at Seattle Kitchen Academy

Thank you to Seattle Kitchen Academy for hosting our August 8 Competition.  Congratulations to Gold Medal Winners : Emily Wallace (K-1), Verin Keokitvon (P-2), Wendy Lei (P-2)  Click Here for Full Results...


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