Student Competition

National Student Savory Culinology® Competition

RCA will hold the student competition in Savannah, GA on Tuesday, March 27. Come test your skills, and win a cash prize and an RCA medal.

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Submissions are now closed.

Student Competition Process

Phase I

Student teams will develop a proposal for a frozen retail, single serving, microwavable meal. Entrée themed on the cuisine of Southern Georgia-style United States as served in a “Mom and Pop” style locally owned restaurant. The Gold Standard will be the inspiration for a frozen retail supermarket entrée. Teams will develop both gold standard and the corresponding manufactured product formulations. The concept must feature technology from ingredient partner companies.

Phase II

Following the proposal round (Phase I), up to six (6) finalist teams will commercialize and ship their item to the competition site at the annual national conference. On the day of the competition, finalists will create the fresh product version (gold standard) judged against how well the commercialized item matches up against the gold standard. The first place team will receive a $2,500 cash prize.

Congratulations to our 2017 Student Competition Winners 

Student Savory Culinology® Competition 

Team Plus Ultra - Taylor's University Malaysia
Dish: Plantain Pastelon 
Team members: 

  • Muhammad Ramzali bin Mohammed Akhiar
  • Bertrand Barrett Tan
  • Poh Mun Xuen
  • Abdul Hannan Zulkarnain

Student Pastry Culinology® Competition 

Team Gryphon - University of Guelph 
Dish: Guava Bizcocho Tart with Rum Ice Cream
Team members: 

  • Colin Booth
  • Monica Chau
  • Brittany Chow
  • Yinglei Li 

About the Student Competitions

RCA is the premier source of culinary and technical information for the food industry and is committed to the advancement of Culinology® — the intersection of the culinary arts and food science. RCA membership includes chefs, food scientists, technologists, writers, nutritionists, academicians, researchers, consultants, sales and marketing professionals, suppliers, co-packers, distributors, and students.

The Student Culinology® Competition has been a feature of the RCA Annual Conference since 2007.

2018 Sponsors

Student Competition Sponsors

International Flavors & Fragrances


Equipment Partner for Culinology® Competitions





For more information about partnering with the Professional Culinology Competition, please contact Andrew Haigh, Director of Partnerships, at (312) 673-5442.