Culinary Resources

Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show

Over 1,000 chefs, cooks, students and foodservice professionals attended Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show in Orlando, Florida, July 30–Aug. 3. The event featured workshops and seminars, cutting-edge demonstrations, a trade show featuring nearly 100 exhibitors and national competitions. Several foodservice professionals were honored with awards, including:

  • U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year: Senior Chief Derrick Davenport, CEC, CEPC, MBA
  • ACF Pastry Chef of the Year: Laura Johnson-Lachowecki, CC
  • ACF Student Chef of the Year: Kathryn Eurich, student, SUNY Delhi
  • ACF Student Team National Championship: ACF Professional Chefs and Culinarians of the Heartland; Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl National Winners: Kendall College, Chicago

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In The News

ChefConnect: Atlanta

Hyatt Regency Atlanta, March 13–15, 2016. Northeast and Southeast members kick off the 2016 Signature Series in the Peach State, where ACF will be welcomed with the warmest of Southern charm. With one of the fastest growing food cultures in the country, Atlanta is home to cutting-edge, award-winning chefs and restaurants with firmly planted Southern roots as well as international and ethnic offerings. Join us for education and networking in Georgia’s capital city.

ChefConnect: Hawaii

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, April 3–5, 2016. Central and Western Region members head to Hawaii Island for the Spirit of Aloha. Comprised of five distinct volcanoes, The Big Island is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature. Native Hawaiian cuisine started with the first Polynesians who arrived with fruit and plants to cultivate the new land. Today, modern regional cuisine beautifully reflects the fusion of global influences and local products. Join us for a culinary exploration of local and regional cuisine along with industry trends, education and networking.

Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, July 15–19, 2016. Phoenix’s bold nature shines through with unique cultural eats, breathtaking sunsets against rugged mountains and a gateway to the Grand Canyon. Visit Arizona’s urban heart for educational and engagement opportunities that will build off the ChefConnect: series and provide a revitalizing experience for members, foodservice professionals, students and competitors. Whether you are a seasoned chef or a student new to the kitchen, Cook. Craft. Create. offers something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get ready for this amazing convention in Phoenix!

ACF Board of Directors

The newly elected 2015–2017 National Officers & Board of Directors were inducted during Cook. Craft. Create. Please meet your new ACF Board of Directors!

Membership Benefit

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What’s Your ACF Story?

For 85 years, chefs, students and foodservice professionals have benefitted from membership and involvement in ACF. Read several members’ stories and share your story.