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ACF National Convention Wraps Up 2014 Event Series in Style

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More than 1,000 chefs, cooks, students and foodservice professionals attended the 2014 ACF National Convention, hosted by ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association, in Kansas City, Missouri, July 25–29. The annual event provided attendees with opportunities to advance their professional development and culinary skills through seminars and cutting-edge demonstrations, a trade show featuring nearly 100 exhibitors, national competitions and ACF’s national awards.

This year’s presenters included Pat LaFrieda, third-generation meat purveyor and owner of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, North Bergen, New Jersey, who demonstrated the art of butchery; Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder/academic dean for student affairs, The French Pastry School, Chicago, who shared his knowledge and expertise for making desserts; and Becky Wortman, chef/owner, Imagine Something Sweet, Clayton, Washington, and one of Dessert Professional’s 2014 Top Ten Cake Artists in America, who demonstrated the art of sculpting buttercream showpieces. One of the many highlights during convention was when Rochelle Trotter, wife of the late renowned chef Charlie Trotter, HHOF, announced that the Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation will donate $25,000 to ACFEF for culinary-arts education scholarships at General Session, July 26. Read more and find out this year’s award winners and honorees.

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Present at an ACF Conference or Convention

Chefs interested in presenting an innovative seminar or demonstration on the latest culinary trends and techniques at an ACF regional conference or national convention should submit an electronic proposal by Sept. 14.

Certified Master Pastry® Chef Exam

Unfortunately, none of the pastry chefs met the criteria needed to pass the CMPC® exam, Aug. 16–23, at Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, North Carolina. However, the candidates showed tremendous courage and strength, and we are proud of them. Read More

ACF’s Recipe Collection and Contest

Discover new recipes, share your own favorites with ACF’s recipe collection. The ACF member from each region who inputs the highest number of recipes by Sept. 30 will have one of their recipes published in the January 2015 issue of The National Culinary Review.

ACF Award Applications Due Sept. 30

Award applications for 2015 must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014, for U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year, ACF Pastry Chef of the Year, ACF Chef Educator of the Year, Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award and ACF Student Chef of the Year.

Rochelle Trotter Donates $25,000 to ACF

Rochelle Trotter, wife of the late renowned chef Charlie Trotter, HHOF, announced that the Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation will donate $25,000 to the ACFEF for culinary-arts education scholarships. Read More

2015 ACF Conferences and Convention Dates

Planning is already under way for the 2015 ACF regional conferences and national convention, so mark your calendars.

Support ACF Culinary Team USA

Wayne Farms LLC, proud sponsor of ACF Culinary Team USA, will donate $5 for every case of gourmet chicken sausage purchased by an ACF member.
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