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2021 Student Culinology Competition

The Student Culinology Competition, sponsored by AjinomotoFlorida Food Products and IFF, brings creativity to the university campus. Students are challenged to create a better-for-you concept that can be served at their school’s dining halls. The concept must contain at least 10% less sugar than a standard formula, and must be flavorful and on trend. In addition to creating this concept, the teams must construct an effective presentation that would convince their school’s foodservice contractor to bring the item to the menu.

Interested StudentsDownload the manual today to learn more. Letters of intent are due on Friday, December 11, 2020.

NEW! The Blue Nalu Student Essay Competition

Blue Nalu’s mission is to be the global leader in cellular aquaculture, providing consumers with great tasting, healthy, safe and trusted cell-based seafood products that support the sustainability and diversity of our ocean.

A key element of Blue Nalu’s mission is to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 14.  The Eat Blue™ educational platform, sponsored by BlueNalu, supports SDG 14 by celebrating life below water and the people who make a difference. It is a multimedia campaign for exploring the depths of ocean optimism and seafood sustainability that connect consumers to the stories that matter. It is a community dedicated to sustainability and conserving ocean biodiversity.

In partnership with the Culinology Education Foundation, Blue Nalu is offering a scholarship to the best essay that answers, “What does it mean to you to Eat BlueTM?” Essay details can be found by clicking here. First prize is $750, second is $450, third prize is $300.

Essays should be sent to and are due no later than Friday, February 26, 2021..

2021 Scholarships Opportunities 

The Culinology® Education Foundation places great value on education.  Key to its mission is providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships to qualified students pursuing higher learning opportunities in Culinology®, culinary arts, and food science. Deserving students are awarded these scholarships each year and recognized at The RCA Conference. 

Scholarship applications are now open for the 2020-2021 school year. Complete your application by January 29, 2021.

Special Employment Opportunity for Students!

Restaurant Brands International (RBI), home of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Burger King, is searching for hungry talent from the nation's best culinary, food science and innovation programs. RBI has an exciting, year-long rotational program that immerses participants in the product development and innovation experience with the masterminds behind The Whopper and The Chicken Sandwich. Interested? Please click here for information and how to apply.

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Get Involved. Join the Student Committee Today!

Join us in creating the future of food by getting involved with the RCA Student Committee. If you are a RCA student we would love to have you join the RCA Student Committee! Please contact Kyle Stuart, Board Liasion to the Student Committee, to get involved. Student Committee calls are held once a month. If you are interested in helping with the below initiatives please let us know.

The Student Committee is currently pursuing the following initiatives:

  • Planning student events at a regional level
  • Promoting the Food Evolution Competition and encouraging submissions
  • Recruiting students from every RCA recognized school to join the Student Committee
  • Publishing blog posts to The Culinologist, a place where students, professionals, and food geeks share their food interests
  • Creating and establishing a student presence on RCA social media platforms
  • And more!

Questions? Contact us at or at (312)321-6861.