Middle Tennessee Chapter
of the
American Culinary Federation


What we are doing with the community.

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Chef Dennis Stukel at the Bavarian Bierhaus sponsored a Chili Cook Off on February 5th 2019.

The 1st , 2nd and best in show winners were,
Best in Show
Congradulations to all that entered.

CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Chef Elaine Parker for this outstanding award! Chef Elaine has done amazing things throughout her career and is being honored for some of her community accomplishments! We are very proud and happy for Chef Elaine!
Click the link below to go to the Observer article.


Monday March 11th @ 5:30PM

Chefs Gathering at

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The March gathering which will be on the 11th at Mere Bulles in Brentwood. Brandon Styll will have an excellent spread for us. Education portion will be conducted by GFS. Staff from Mere Bulles will cover history of the location.

Here is the information for the barbecue sauce competition. It is sponsored by Nicks Famous Bar-B-Q, a company that Rick Kahre has owned with his business partner for 7 years. There will be 2 categories and a grand champion prize. 1 entry per category only, sauce needs to be premade, no onsite cooking.

1) Red sauce barbecue, traditional or not, but something in this category.

2) Alabama white sauce, Carolina mustard sauce, or something original.

3) Grand Champion or best in show.

The same sauce could win two awards. There will be points for originality, presentation, practicality, and taste. On a 100 point scale.
40 points for taste
20 points for originality
20 points for presentation
20 points for practicality

I saw a watermelon based barbecue sauce in Kroger years ago that exploded in the jar. A local weatherman created it and thought it would be a hot seller. Practicality - 0.

The competition will be held at Mere Bulles. The judges will be Ed Butler, Brandon Styll, Sir Russell Pyles. I don't want it to be a popularity contest.

Prize money. Red sauce $100, Original category $ 100, and best in show $ 200.

If you have any other questions, please ask.


2018 is in the books. Stay tuned for updates on results.

Music City Challenge

Dates for 2019 Pending - Please check back for updates

ACF Sanctioned Culinary Competition

hosted by The Middle Tennessee ACF Chapter


Location Pending.

Competitions are subject to the rules and guidelines establish in the Professional and Student ACF culinary competition manuals. (revised August 2013)

ACF Competition Manuals

Professional Competition Manual (6.06 MB)
Student Competition Manual (6.07 MB)
All fees must be received to reserve an entry. Slots are not guaranteed until entry fee is received
Click here to open and download the Music City Challenge Flyer (Until next competition date is set)


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Welcome, everyone!

We are the Middle Tennesse chapter of the American Culinary Federation. The MTCA provides opportunities for culinary professionals, students, food purveyors, business owners and those with a passion for food to share, educate, and connect through meetings, projects and other activities which promote the culinary arts in Middle Tennessee.

MTCA and AAC are proud to announce the introduction of scholarships for our student members.

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212 Hunters Chase Drive
Smyrna, TN 37167

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