ACF Restaurant Challenge

The ACF Restaurant Challege is an exciting three-day event which will see International and Australian teams compete to be the best in Australia. 

Organised by the Australian Culinary Federation and held alongside Foodservice Australia, the competition will give nine teams the chance to show their skills at the three pop-up restaurants on the show floor. Each team will be tasked with preparing a two-course meal for 50 guests and judges, who will score on technique, efficiency, presentation and of course... taste! The winners will receive medals, prizes and recognition across the industry.

Each team comprises a Team Manager and 3 Chefs. Teams will be given $1500 to assist with travel expenses and $400 for food costs.

Want to enter the competition? 
This is a fabulous opportunity for you to bring your kitchen team together and do something wonderful. If you are interested then simply complete the online entry form and the organisers will be in touch. The nine successful teams will be announced on 16 April 2024. 

Want to eat in the restaurant?
A limited number of seats will be available to purchase starting at $55 for lunch on Sunday 19 May. Please note as lunch is served as part of the competition, we regret dietaries cannot be accommodated. Click here for lunch bookings.

More Information


Online Entry Form

2023 Teams Included:

2023 Winners Included:

1st Moke Dining Gold Medal

2nd Simmer Culinary Gold Medal

3rd Sou'West Brewery Gold Medal

Gold Medals - Tasmania Silver Medal - Bunga Kantan, QT Kitchen, Soulfood Fusion, Pavilion Restaurant.

2023 Judges Included:

Clockwise from top left:

Chairman Michael Strautmanis

Andre Kropp

Matt McBain

Dale Lyman

Johnny Jong