AGFD Communicating Culinary Chemistry Competition: Colloids

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"AGFD Communicating Culinary Chemistry Competition: Colloids" will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at the Drexel Department of Food & Hospitality Management, in Philadelphia, PA. Finalist teams will have prep time at the Department of Food & Hospitality Management during the previous day, Tuesday, March 24. The timing for the entire event is during the spring ACS meeting, 22 – 26 March.

Culinary Chemistry Competition

Presentations should be modeled after a TV cooking show and should include live demonstrations alongside explanation of underlying chemistry. Immediately after the formal presentations, all three student groups will participate in an interactive session with those in attendance. Groups can use posters, computer-aided presentations, live cooking demonstrations, pre-prepared edible materials, and other creative methods of presenting their topics. The interactive presentation must include something edible for the audience to sample that helps explain the chemistry involved in the presentation.

Culinary Chemistry Competition


Entries should relate to cooking with colloids, interpreted broadly. Among other possibilities, entries could focus on dishes that feature colloidal ingredients; techniques that exploit or highlight the physical properties of colloids; or chemical transformations that showcase some other aspect of cooking with colloids.


Teams may consist of up to four students. Students must be currently enrolled at an accredited college at the date of the competition. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. All team members must be student members of the ACS, though intent to join before the conference is acceptable.

Culinary Chemistry Competition


Initial proposals consisting of a video portion and a written portion will be submitted electronically.

  1. A video (3-minute limit) should be related to the intended final presentation, and could (but does not have to) show a portion or overview of the intended final presentation.
    Extensive video editing and effects are discouraged (the video presentation should reflect the final presentation).
  2. The written component (2-page limit, single-spaced, 12 pt. font) should provide an overview and description of the team's interactive component.
    Entries must include a list of supplies and ingredients needed on a separate page.

Modest revision of presentations between the entry date and the final competition is acceptable.

Due date for entries is December 13, 2019 at 12 PM EST.

Official Rules and Regulations

The complete set of competition rules and regulations is available here.


The competition will be held at the Drexel University Department of Food & Hospitality Management.


Justin Miller
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Gavin Sacks
Cornell University

Donnie Golden
University of Delaware

Culinary Colloids Poster


December 13, 2019 at noon

Official Rules and Regulations

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Celebrity Judges

Sunil Malapati

Sunil Malapati
Clarke University

Alyson Mitchell
UC Davis

Richard V. Pepino Jr.

Richard V. Pepino Jr.
Executive Chef, Food & Hospitality Management, Drexel University


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