ACF National Convention Wraps Up 2014 Event Series in Style
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.