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Nations' Cup International Student Culinary Competition

The Nations' Cup was created in 2005 in the spirit of supporting professional and cultural learning for tomorrow's chefs. This is a biennial event structured like the “Iron Chef” TV show, where competitors are presented with mystery ingredients and given a limited amount of time to turn them into five-star gourmet fare. 

Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education hosted the Nations Cup Competition October 17-19, 2019. Teams included:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Scotland
  • USA

Students competed in the following categories over two days:

The third day students competed in the National Dish Dinner and Awards Ceremony  Each country presented a course using unique ingredients.  Following this dinner, the teams were awarded the gold, silver or bronze medals they earned over the previous two days in the mystery box competitions as well as the medal earned for the National Dish Dinner.  The evening concluded with the announcement of the Nations Cup winning team....Team Mexico.


Past Winners

  • 2019 - Team Mexico
  • 2017 - Team USA
  • 2015 - Team Scotland
  • 2013 - Team Scotland
  • 2011 - Team Canada
  • 2009 - Team USA
  • 2007 - Team Mexico
  • 2005 - Team Chile