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Election Results - ACF National Officers for 2015–2017

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2015–2017 ACF Board of Directors Election. The results of this year’s election show a 19.45% participation rate based on the eligible number of voters which was 15,623. Full Results

  • National President: Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC
  • National Treasurer: William Tillinghast, CEC, AAC, MBA
  • National Secretary: Kyle Richardson, CEC, CCE, AAC
  • Central Region Vice President: Brian Hardy, CEC, CCA, AAC
  • Northeast Region Vice President: George O’Palenick, CEC, CCE, AAC
  • Southeast Region Vice President: Michael Deihl, CEC, CCA, AAC
  • Western Region Vice President: Carlton Brooks, CEPC, CCE
  • American Academy of Chefs Chair: Mark Wright, CEC, AAC
  • American Academy of Chefs Vice Chair: Americo “Rico” DiFronzo, CEC, CCA, AAC

ACFEF Scholarships Awarded

The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) awarded financial scholarships through the Linda Cullen Memorial, Ray and Gertrude Marshall, Balestreri/Cutino and Peter Timmins, CMC, memorial scholarship funds to the following culinary students:

  • Katelin Gellar, Johnson and Wales University, Providence, R.I.
  • Maalek Getchell, College of the Ozarks Apprenticeship Program, Point Lookout, Mo.
  • Lisa Krueger, Madison College, Madison, Wis.
  • Saul Seerveld, I.U.P. Academy of Culinary Arts, Punxsutawney, Pa.
  • Dwayne Sinclair, Kendall College, Chicago
  • Jaclyn Studniski, University of Wisconsin, Menomomie, Wis.

Three high school students also received scholarships through a partnership between the American Academy of Chefs® and the Culinary Institute of America.

  • Margaret DeMarco, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Baylee Mello, Taunton, Mass.
  • Curt Williams, Lebanon, Pa.

Congratulations to all. You can learn more about ACFEF scholarships and how to apply.

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AAC Election Results Are In!

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2015–2017 American Academy of Chefs elections for Chair and Vice Chair. Check out the American Academy of Chefs page for the election results.

New! Restaurantware Discount for ACF Members

ACF is pleased to announce the addition of Restaurantware to our ACF Members Advantage Program. Restaurantware offers a large variety of eco-friendly tableware made of plastic, bamboo, ceramic, glass, foil, paper and more. Get 10% off your entire order just for being a member of the American Culinary Federation! To learn more and take advantage of this special discount visit the ACF Members Advantage Program page. Login Now

ChefConnect: Indy Roundup

Central and Western regional award results are in and posted! In case you missed out on our conference in Indianapolis, April 12–14, we have compiled all the details on winners from ChefConnect: Indy in our Media Room.

Save With the ACF Members Advantage Program

Making travel plans to heat things up this summer? Cook. Craft. Create. perhaps? Remember that ACF members enjoy discounts on hotels and car rentals through the ACF Members Advantage Program. To access these exclusive member discounts, sign in on the ACF Members Only page.

A Sustainable Culinary First

A little slice of culinary U.S. history was made in Central Florida last month. The first-ever Green, Sustainable and Local Food Cooking competition took place April 24 during the regular Friday evening Farmers Market at Artisan Alley in DeLand, Florida. Check out the story in Recent Media Coverage.

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.