Preparing for the Next ACF Catering Competition? Download Your Free Tactical Plan.

ACF Tactical Plan ChecklistPreparation is the best way to succeed at anything in life. When it comes to cooking, adequate preparation is key to serving delicious dishes… and winning catering competitions!

The University of Tennessee Catering & Culinary Program prepares students for a successful career in food service, business management, and entrepreneurship through a series of hands-on learning experiences and live catering events.

Over the course of 12 weeks, many students also have the opportunity to participate in American Culinary Federation competitions. These competitions are designed to test your skills in menu planning, kitchen production, food quality, and taste.

We’ve put together a comprehensive tactical plan to give you an idea of what to expect, so you can perform at your very best.

This tactical plan includes:

  • an insider’s knowledge about how to prepare before you enter the kitchen
  • what judges look for in food quality and taste so you can make high scores
  • a checklist to help kitchen production go smoothly
  • a sample timeline so you’ll know what to do and when on the day of the competition

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The lessons you learn in culinary school will not only prepare you for catering competitions, but for a successful career in the food industry as well. No matter what path you choose, we promise to teach you what you need to know.

After attending the UT Culinary & Catering Program, many of our students have advanced to become executive chefs, wedding and event caterers, and food truck owners. Some have even come back to us to teach courses themselves.

If you want to learn more about how the UT Culinary & Catering Program can jumpstart your culinary career, sign upfor a free information session online or contact Pam Quick at or 865-974-3181.