How many chefs will be selected?

8 culinary students will be selected and 2 alternatives.

How many students per team?

2 students per team will compete.

How are the participants determined?

The culinary school will determine participants by:

  • Seniority in the Program
  • Area of Culinary Study
  • Performance in the Program

Are there any mandatory conditions to qualify as a participant?

  • Competitors must be currently enrolled at Valencia College in the Culinary Arts program
  • Students must commit to a day on-site at the event site
  • Must be 18 years of age to participate as a competitive chef
  • Competitive chefs must agree to competition rules and legal disclaimers
  • Chefs will be expected to give commentary for promotional use

Is there a deadline to register?

October 8, 2019

When will the chosen students be notified?

By October 11, 2019

How many rounds are there in the competition?

There will be two rounds of competition and the winners of each round will compete against each other in a final championship round.

How are the teams determined?

Before the competition and during the judges’ meeting, competitors will draw for starting sequence and team assignments.

What is the competition date?

October 18, 2019

Where is the competition located?

The Taste of Colorado Show Floor
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Blvd, Championsgate, FL

What is The Taste of Colorado?

Every year Colorado Boxed Beef brings together customers and vendors by invitation only for a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. https://coloradoboxedbeef.com/food-show

At what time will the competition take place?

  • Round 1:
    • Menu creation: 11:45am – 12:00pm
    • Cook time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
    • Presentation/Judging: 12:30pm – 12:45pm
  • Round 2:
    • Menu creation: 1:15pm – 1:30pm
    • Cook time: 1:30pm – 2:00pm
    • Presentation/Judging: 2:00pm – 2:15pm
  • Final Round:
    • Menu creation: 2:45pm – 3:00pm
    • Cook time: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Presentation/Judging: 3:30pm – 3:45pm

Award presentation: Friday, October 18, 2019, 4pm
Participating Valencia Students and Staff are invited to attend the Dinner on Friday evening.

What prizes are awarded?

First Place Team: $2,000 scholarship to Valencia College ($1,000 per student)
Second Place Team: $1,000 scholarship to Valencia College ($500 per student)

How will the competition be judged?

Each round will be judged by 3 individuals on the following criteria:



Is it pleasing to the eye? Does it look appetizing? Do you want to take a big bite out of it right now? “Appearance” should be scored first. Judges will be instructed to base their assessment on the appearance of the dish’s overall presentation of its components. Judges will rate the dishes on a scale of 1, being a visual disaster, to 5, being an artistic display.


Is the dish cooked properly? Were acceptable cooking methods applied? Was the protein cooked to the right temperature? Is the accompaniment cooked to the right tenderness, firmness, moisture etc.? Judges will rate the dishes on a scale of 1, being improper, to 5, being appropriate.


Is it pleasing to the taste buds? Does it make you want to eat more? Is there an appropriate balance of flavor? Additional”Taste” considerations will be based on the balance of flavors and ingredients used by the cook. Judges are instructed to NOT use personal bias when it comes to spicy or savory preferences.Judges will rate the dishes on a scale of 1, being inedible, to 5, being delicious


Is the protein prepared and cooked in the manner that allows for the most juiciness, tender, chewable dish? Is it cooked to the right temperature to allow for an enjoyable chew? Does the protein still hold its natural flavor in a texture that is palatable? Judges will rate the dishes on a scale of 1, being tough, to 5, being optimal tender.


Judges should belooking for something from our competitors that you would not see in the home kitchen or learned in the classroom. Creativity is important whether it be a Secret Ingredient, a Pairing, Unique Preparationand is as sensible and appropriate as it is new and imaginative.Judges will rate the dishes on a scale of 1, being seen that before, to 5, being never would have thought of that.

Tie Breaker – Relativity to Theme

In the situation that a Tie Breaker is required, it will be based on the event theme. How well does the dish support the theme of the event? Whether it be BBQ, Tropical, Southern or Cajun the dish should be rated on how close it follows the event’s designated theme. Judges will rate the dishes on a scale of 1, being least associated, to 5, being highly representative.

Is the competition video recorded?

The competition will be video recorded and include promotional excerpts from the footage to promote the support of the culinary arts, raise awareness of future events and the High River Angus® and Diamond Reef® brands.