KAHCF/KCAL along with our partners, Gordon Food Services and Sandridge Food Corporation, are excited to announce the third annual, KAHCF/KCAL Culinary Competition!  Does your facility have what it takes to be named the KAHCF/KCAL Top Chef?


Participants will create and prepare recipes using ingredients from a mystery box, provided by Sandridge Food Corporation. Each team will prepare one entrée, one side, one salad and a dessert for a total of four items to present.   This competition will be virtual. You will document your culinary skills through photos and videos.  KAHCF/KCAL will provide a template to guide you in creating your presentation that will be shared with our judges.

The winning facility will receive complimentary registration to the KAHCF/KCAL Annual Meeting & Expo for up to five people valued at over $1,300!


  • One entry per community. If you are part of a chain, we respectfully ask that you join forces and submit two entry per corporation.
  • Must be a member of KAHCF.
  • Up to 4 people allowed per team.(only need to register one from the facility, not all 4 at this time)
  • Team must create: one entree, one side, one salad and one dessert for a total of four different items to present.
  • All Mystery Box ingredients must be used in some way (can be used partially; not necessarily all ingredients have to be used).
  • Grocery/pantry items may be used in addition to Mystery Box ingredients provided All ingredients and recipes must be documented in final presentation More details will be included in the mystery box.


Each team will "present" their culinary creations virtually to the judges. Final entry will be judged on presentation, creativity and appetite appeal. (Taste is important, however our esteemed judges cannot taste your dish, so presentation, descriptions and creativity are crucial in this competition).

Who is judging?

Your presentation will be judged by culinary experts, Chris Willet, Culinary Specialist for GFS and Keith Amos, Culinary Chef for Sandridge Food Corporation. Also judging the competition will be Rayona Baker, Business Solutions Specialist for GFS and INCITE Teams will be judged on creativity, appetite appeal and presentation.

Registration is now closed! Please try again next time.

The Culinary Competition will be open to 21 member facilities.  Registration opens July 11th.   Judging will take place August 15,16, and 17. .  Mystery boxes will be delivered by GFS to the participating facilities by August 1-3

If you have any questions please contact:Tate McCormick ([email protected])

HAVE FUN and be creative!

Thank you to our sponsors:






8/15/2023 1:00 PM - 8/17/2023 3:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Registration not available.