The first few times winning ACF medals was a amazing experience, I encourage everyone who is in the culinary world to compete. I have learned so much from competitions and try to improve each time I compete. It is nice to win a gold medal but I have to say winning gold isn't everything. It is what you get out of it that's important. If you don't learn from your wins or mistakes then whats the point of competing? I have entered in over 20 events. Didn't win all gold, mostly silvers. But I did have fun and when I did win a gold I was pretty excited. I will be out there again trying my best and if I don't win no big lose, I am just happy to be there and experience the excitement. Hope to see you there and good luck if you decide to compete in a culinary event.