Culinary Fusion Contest

Create a fusion dish for a chance to win $1,000 award

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WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: Innovative chefs, adventurous culinary students, and creative home cooks to produce a unique dish combining ingredients, techniques, or spices from at least two different continents/cultures for a chance to win cash awards up to $1,000. Contestants need to prepare 40 samples of their fusion dish for judges and VIP guests.

HOW TO APPLY: Fill out the application and good luck!


  • Wednesday, May 1: Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, June 5: Home cooks
  • Thursday, May 6: Culinary students
  • Monday, June 10: Working/Trained Chefs
  • Tuesday, June 11: Working/Trained Chefs
  • Saturday & Sunday, November 30 & December 1: FusionFest 7th Annual Festival

The Culinary Fusion Contest takes place at the beautiful Creative Village Campus in Valencia’s West Campus, Building 9 – Walt Disney World Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

  • Each contestant selected will receive $100 grocery money.
  • Serving plates (bamboo) are provided.
  • You must use the plates provided.
  • Indicate if you will need a bowl and it will also be provided.
  • Each contestant has their own stove, oven and cooking station (no fryers).
  • You may bring one assistant with you, and other chefs will often pitch in to help when you need an extra hand with plating.
  • You’ll be asked to explain your creative fusion and the heritages represented when your dish is served to the judges and audience.
  • There are volunteers from the school which will serve the plates.
  • Only seven (7) contestants each night.
  • There will be approximately 10 judges and 30 audience members.

There is a $1,000 cash prize for each category. There is also a $200 Second Place Prize EACH NIGHT and a $100 Audience Choice Award each night.

Idrees Khan


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