Great American Chef Cook-off!

Show your culinary prowess and demonstrate your superior skills in AACA’s Great American Chef Cook Off. If you are a gradyear graduate in a high school culinary program at a vo-tech or a career & technology center, you are eligible to enter this scholarship competition with a 2015 partner.

At the end of the morning you and your partner could each be the recipient of a PTI scholarship you can use toward your culinary arts program at AACA or any other program at Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

Enter Today! Call 412-809-5381

Win One of 80 Scholarships:

  • First Place Team ............Two $5,000 Scholarships
  • Second Place Team ......Two $3,000 Scholarships
  • Third Place Team ..........Two  $2,000 Scholarships
  • Fourth Place Team ........Two $1,000 Scholarships
  • All Contestants Qualify for a $500 Scholarship

Two Competition Dates:

Competition 1 November 8.....Limit 10 Teams of 2
Competition 2 November 22...Limit 10 Teams of 2

The deadline to enter for both dates is October 31.


  • Competition Limited to Career and Technology Center Seniors Graduating in 2015
  • Judging by Chef Director Norman Hart & a Team of Award-Winning Chefs
  • Competition Will Follow NOCTI Guidelines 


  • All cooking utensils will be provided by AACA.
  • Student responsible for personal equipment, knives, serving spoons, spatulas, etc.


  • Student must be dressed appropriate to kitchen standards.
    • Chef Coat
    • Chef Pants
    • Apron
    • Cook’s Toque
    • Black kitchen shoes
  • Starting time and station will be determined by a drawing.
  • All Allegheny County sanitation requirements must be practiced at all times.
  • Time for the competition will be 1 hour to cook and a 15-minute window to present.
  • Being a High School graduate of the year gradyear is a requirement for entry into the Great American Chef Cookoff.

All food will be provided by AACA

Competition limited to Vo-Tech Culinary Seniors graduating in 2015 - Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Questions about the Great American Chef Cookoff? Contact your admissions coordinator or Janet Jennings, event coordinator, at or 412-809-5336. 

Great American Chef Cookoff

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AACA Announces Culinary Cookoff Winners

The American Academy of Culinary Arts held a cooking competition in the AACA Culinary Center November 23. Students from across the region participated in the event.