American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Regional Team USA
earned a gold medal in cold food at the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Art Competition, or “culinary Olympics,” Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Erfurt, Germany.
The regional competitions consisted of the following three categories. Category A–Culinary Art, which included two show platters, displayed cold; one festive, cold display platter for eight and six different hors d’oeuvres; Category B–Culinary Art, which included one vegetarian platter as a main course for four, displayed cold; one, three-course menu with hors d’oeuvre, main course and dessert, prepared hot, displayed cold, and four
different main courses, prepared hot, displayed cold; and Category C–Pâtisserie, which included one showpiece, one platter and four different exclusive desserts. Now, all 23 international regional teams wait as the judges tally points. The winner of the 2008 IKA Cup and trophy will be announced at the final awards ceremony, Thursday, Oct. 23. Today’s ACF Culinary Regional Team USA gold-medal win is in addition to AAC Culinary Regional Team USA’s gold-medal win in cold food, Monday, Oct. 22.
“We absolutely jumped 10 feet into the air when they called our team,” Jill Bosich, CEC, CCE, AAC, team manager of AAC Culinary Regional Team USA, said, recalling Monday’s competition. “They were still announcing silver medals when they said our team name, paused, and then said, ‘gold medal!’ I had my head in my hands when I heard the name come up, and when they said ‘gold,’ we all jumped up and screamed. We
seriously didn't hear them call any other names after that, we were just way too in the moment. It was awesome, and it was my best olympic experience ever.”