The Culinary Insider

Through The Culinary Insider e-newsletter, the federation provides members with regular news alerts and timely information on products and services offered by the American Culinary Federation and its partners.

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The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 21 - October 16, 2017

  • ACF Member News & Opportunities
    • Three Chefs Earn CMC Certification
    • Register Early to Save up to $200 on ChefConnect Conferences
    • Update on Hurricane and Wildfire Relief Efforts
    • CEC®/CEPC® Update
    • 2018 What's Hot Survey
  • Upcoming Deadlines
    • Apply to Join ACF Culinary Youth Team USA 2020
    • Ingredient of the Month: Winter Squash - Social Media Contest!
    • Your School could be the Next Knowledge Bowl Champion
    • Grants Still Available for Childhood Nutrition Programs
  • ACF Chefs in the News
    • It's Not Just About Certification--It's About Learning
    • Happy Childhood Nutrition Day!
  • Trends, Techniques and Tastes
    • Sizzle with Lorena Garcia
    • Korean Kalbi Two Ways
    • Cultured Butter in 8 Steps
  • Members Advantage Program
    • Certification Plaques
    • GE Store

The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 20 - October 2, 2017

  • Member News and Highlights
    • 2017 ACF Certified Master Chef Exam
    • Update on Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief Efforts
    • CEC®/CEPC® Update
    • Childhood Nutrition Day Grants Available in October
    • Online Registration is Open for 2018 ACF Events
    • 2018 What's Hot Survey
    • Social Media Contest!
    • September Ingredient of the Month Contest Winner
    • Earn CEHs as an ACFEF Apprenticeship Supervising Chef
  • Upcoming Deadlines
    • Chef Educators and Industry Chefs Needed
    • Your School could be the Next Knowledge Bowl Champion
  • ACF Chefs in the News
    • JJC Chef Advances in Food Network's 'Best Baker in America'
    • UT Culinary Institute creates Volunteer-themed ice carving
    • John V. Johnson, CEC, CCE, AAC, Wins Chesapeake Chef's Challenge Culinary Competition
  • Trends, Techniques and Tastes
    • How to Watch for Temperature Abuse
    • It's All About Work Ethic
    • The Importance of Food Safety Training
    • Call for 2018 Contributors
  • Members Advantage Program
    • Share Your Expertise
    • List your Restaurant or Find a Restaurant with an ACF Chef
    • Knowledge Bowl Practice Game

The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 19 - September 18, 2017

  • Member News and Highlights
    • Update on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Disaster Relief Efforts
    • Be a Part of Childhood Butrition Day in October
    • Social Media Contest!
    • Earn CEHs as an ACFEF Apprenticeship Supervising Chef
  • September & October Deadlines
    • DEADLINE APPROACHING: Submit an Application for an ACF Award
    • Share your Expertise with ACF Chefs at a 2018 Regional or National Event
    • Pay Half Now and Half Later for 2018 Conferences and Convention
    • Chef Educators and Industry Chefs Needed to Serve on ACFEF Accrediting Commission and Apprenticeship Committee
    • Your School could be the Next Knowledge Bowl Champions
  • ACF Chefs in the News
    • Kontos Foods Partners with Zoës Kitchen for Harvey Relief
    • Chef Spotlight: 2017 Was a Very Good Year for Chef Drew Garms
    • Food Carver Finds His Culinary Niche
    • Tri-C Makes World's Largest Pierogi
  • Trends, Techniques and Tastes
    • I'm too busy to wash my hands!
    • What is food safety?
    • Shaping Chefs in Restaurant Settings
    • Call for 2018 Contributors
  • Members Advantage Program
    • Dell Computer Discount for ACF Members
    • Restaurantware
  • The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) 2018 Deans and Directors Retreat †

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The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 18 - September 5, 2017

  • Member News and Highlights
    • Update on Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Efforts
    • Be a Part of Childhood Butrition Day in October
    • Earn CEHs as an ACFEF Apprenticeship Supervising Chef
    • Share your Apprenticeship Story
    • Ingredient of the Month: Onions
    • Join Today! ACF Young Chefs Club Keeps you Connected
  • Upcoming Deadlines
    • Share your Expertise with ACF Chefs at a 2018 Regional or National Event
    • Prove your Skill, Knowledge and Professionalism
    • Pay Half Now and Half Later for 2018 Conferences and Convention
    • Chef Educators and Industry Chefs Needed to Serve on ACFEF Accrediting Commission and Apprenticeship Committee
    • Your School could be the Next Knowledge Bowl Champions
  • ACF Chefs in the News
    • Top Culinary Exam in Country Coming to Schoolcraft College this Fall
    • Chef Rick Neal, Executive Chef at Eagle's Bluff County Club, Wins American Culinary Federation’s Texas Chef of the Year Award
    • Frank Constantino,CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, Ed.D, wins National Pork Board's Second-Annual Cook-Off
  • Trends, Techniques and Tastes
    • Shaping Chefs in Restaurant Settings
    • Before Alice Waters There was Mussels Polonaise
    • The Most Important Things I Learned as a Chef Took Place in the Dishpit
    • Call for 2018 Contributors
  • Members Advantage Program
    • Introducing American Culinary Federation Business Insurance Program
    • Federation of Dining Room Professionals
  • The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) 2018 Deans and Directors Retreat †

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The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 17 - August 21, 2017

  • Member News and Highlights
    • Share your Expertise with ACF Chefs at a 2018 Regional or National Event
    • Call for your Memorable Apprenticeship Stories
    • ACF Young Chefs Club Keeps you Connected
    • Payment Plan Option for 2018 ChefConnect Conferences and Convention
    • 2018 Student Team Classical Dish Requirements
    • Prove your Skill, Knowledge and Professionalism
    • Showcase your School's Culinary Program at a Knowledge Bowl Competition
    • Veterinary Insurance
  • ACF Chefs in the News
    • Denise Graffeo, CEC, AAC, HOF, becomes first female member of Culinary Hall of Fame
    • Chasing the Culinary Dream
    • Designing Menus That Balance Traditional Fare with Modern Dietary Needs
    • Beef Fabrication and Beer Tasting at ACF Coastal Virginia Chapter Meeting
  • Trends, Techniques and Tastes
    • The Importance of Kitchen Design
    • 7 Steps to Perfect Macarons
    • The Most Important Things I Learned as a Chef Took Place in the Dishpit
    • Call for 2018 Contributors
    • Ingredient of the Month: Watermelon
    • The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) 2018 Deans and Directors Retreat †

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The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 16 - August 7, 2017

  • Member News and Highlights
    • Volunteer and Earn Continuing Education Hours
    • ACF Certification Tool Helps You Stand Out
    • ACF Certified Master Chef® Candidates Announced
    • Call for Contributors for Sizzle Magazine
    • Ingredient of the Month: Watermelon
    • Payment Plan Option for Spring 2018 ChefConnect Regional Conferences
    • Orlando Chef Norman Van Aken inducted into the AAC Culinary Hall of Fame™ as a Celebrated Chef
    • Back-to-School Discount for ACF Chefs
    • Jazz Up your Chef Coat with ACF Patches
  • ACF Chefs in the News
    • KC Chef Entering Hall of Fame Declares God Can Take Him Now: ‘I got up the mountain’
    • Chef John Folse, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT, on the Ultimate Four-Course Meal
    • Top Michigan Chefs Hold Symposium
  • Call for Presenters and Applications
    • Share your Expertise with ACF Chefs at a 2018 Regional or National Event
    • 2018 Awards and Competition Applications
    • ACF Student Team Competition Application
    • Showcase your School's Culinary Program at a Knowledge Bowl Competition
  • Trends, Techniques and Tastes
    • Mainland Poke
    • A Chef's Guide to Foraging
    • Chanterelle Mushroom Ragout
    • Showcase your School's Culinary Program at a Knowledge Bowl Competition
  • Enter the SHARE. MANGO. LOVE. Foodservice Recipe Contest †

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PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 15 - July 24, 2017

  • 2017-2019 ACF Board of Directors were inducted during President's Grand Ball at Cook. Craft. Create.
  • Member News and Highlights
    • USA's Chef of the Year - Drew Garms
    • ACF Pastry Chef of the Year - Dan Boman, CEPC
    • ACF Studend Chef of the Year - Madeline Black
    • Student Team National Championship - Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.
    • 2017 National Knowledge Bowl Winners - Kendall College
    • 2017 National Chef Educator of the Year - Costa Magoulas, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
    • New ACF Certification Tool
    • CMC Exam Candidates Announced
    • Baron H. Garland Culinary Knowledge Bowl 2017 Practice Edition
    • FRLA Discount for ACF Members
    • Dell Discount for ACF Members
    • Congrats to the Winners of the ACF Mobile App game
  • Call for Applications
    • 2018 Awards and Competition Applications
    • ACF Student Team Competition Application
    • Share your Expertise with ACF Chefs
    • Showcase your School's Culinary Program at a Knowledge Bowl Competition
  • Coming in Hot: The Summer Issue of Sizzle
  • Quick Tips for Camera Phone Food Photography

PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 14 - July 10, 2017

  • Cook. Craft. Create. Highlights
    • Emily Ellyn shared her favorite mocktail recipes
    • Francisco Mgoya's "Modernist Bread."
    • Lorena Garcia Inspired Members to Reach High and Not Compromise
    • Daniel Wernz, CC, was the Winner of ACFYCC Ceviche Throw Down
    • Attendees Learned the Method behind the Magic of Ice Carving
    • The Fruit Carving Ninja trained cehfs on their Knife Skills
    • ACF Volunteers Donated Their Time to the Orlando Rescue Mission
    • The Farm Tour and Ceviche Class was a Hit!
  • World Association of Chefs Societies Competition
    • Shayne McCrady earned a silver medal in the Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Competition
    • Cher Harris, CEPC, earned a silver medal in the pastry competition
    • See the panel of distinquished judges
  • Member News and Highlights
    • New ACF Certification Tool Launched at Cook. Craft. Create.
    • FRLA Discount for ACF Members
    • Congrats to Jeff State culinary student Brian Duffett
    • New! Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl 2017 Practice Edition
    • Cook. Craft. Create. Career Fair
    • Dell Discount for ACF Members
  • Call for Applications
    • 2018 Awards and Competition Applications
    • ACF Student Team Competition Application
    • Showcase your School's Culinary Program at a Knowledge Bowl Competition
  • Coming in Hot: The Summer Issue of Sizzle
  • New Posts on We Are Chefs
    • U.S.A's Chef of the Year Competition
    • How Sweet it is: The Quest for Pastry Chef of the Year
  • Diamond Culinary Academy, the new online destiantion for culinary students and aspiring chefs †
  • Enter the SHARE. MANGO. LOVE. Foodservice Recipe Contest †

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PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 13 - June 26, 2017

  • New Presenters and Cook. Craft. Create.
    • Co-Founder of Blue Apron
    • Insects: Food and Future
    • Surprise your Spouse - The ACF Spouses Brunch
    • See the Best Student Culinary Teams in the U.S. Compete
    • President's Grand Ball Seating Requests
  • Cook. Craft. Create. Registration Closes June 30
  • Hands-on Workshops and More at Cook. Craft. Create.
    • Grab a Chainsaw and Carve Some Ice
    • Farm to Fork Tour: Authentic Peruvian Cuisine and Whisper Creek Farm Tour
    • The American Academy of Chefs Dinner: Tuesday, July 11
  • Member News and Highlights
    • Metlife for ACF Members
    • Rental Car Discounts for ACF Members
  • Call for Applications
    • 2018 Awards and Competition Applications/li>
    • ACF Student Team Competition Application
    • Showcase your School's Culinary Program at a Knowledge Bowl Competition
  • Coming in Hot: The Summer Issue of Sizzle
  • June's Ingredient of the Month: Beets
  • Bone-in Versatility: Make a Menu Statement†
  • New Posts on We Are Chefs
    • Meet the ACF Student Chef of the Year Competitors
    • Tasting with Intention: A How-To Guide to Enjoying Wine

PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 12 - June 12, 2017

  • Hands-on Workshops and More at Cook. Craft. Create.
    • Carve Up Something Cool - Sessions on Fruit, Vegetable and Ice Carving
    • Authentic Peruvian Cuisine and Whisper Creek Farm Tour
    • Surprise your Spouse - The ACF Spouses Brunch
    • See the Best Student Culinary Teams in the U.S. Compete
    • President's Grand Ball Seating Requests
  • Member News and Highlights
    • 2017-2019 Elected Candidates for National Office
    • Restaurantware Discount for ACF Members
    • Rental Car Discounts for ACF Members
  • June's Ingredient of the Month: Beets
  • Bone-in Versatility: Make a Menu Statement†
  • New Posts on We Are Chefs
    • How to Cure Guanciale in Six Steps
    • ACF Announces 2017 ACF CMC Exam
  • Diamond Culinary Academy, for culinary students and aspiring chefs†

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PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 11 - May 30, 2017

  • Get Pumped for Cook. Craft. Create.
    • Book your Room by Friday, June 16
    • Stay on Track at Cook. Craft. Create.
    • President's Grand Ball Seating Requests
    • The Magical AAC Golf Tournament
    • ServSafe Manager Course at Cook. Craft. Create.
  • Member News and Highlights
    • 2017-2019 Candidates for National Office
    • Nominations and Elections Committee Update
    • Enjoy entertainment discounts with TicketsatWork!
  • Ham Does It All†
  • New Posts on We Are Chefs
    • Emily Ellyn Dishes on the Retro Rad Movement
    • Get your Foot in the Door with Two New ACF Certifications
  • 13th Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference†

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PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 10 - May 15, 2017

  • Cook. Craft. Create. Updates
    • Sizzling Keynote Speakers at Cook. Craft. Create.
    • President's Grand Ball Seating Requests
    • The Magical AAC Golf Tournament
    • Career Fair at Cook. Craft. Create.
  • Member News and Highlights
    • ACF Launches Two New Entry-Level Certification Programs
    • New Benefit for Members: Save on Dell Computers and More
    • Lydia Ross, CSC, Places Second in Competition
  • What's Now: Time to make glazed ham greater.†
  • New Posts on We Are Chefs
    • Accommodate Food Allergic Guests
    • Your Career is Your Responsibility
  • 13th Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference
  • Diamond Culinary Academy, for culinary students and aspiring chefs†

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PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 9 - May 1, 2017

  • New Certification Evaluator Trainings Scheduled across the U.S.
  • Hop into the Spring Sizzle
  • Culinary Educator Criteria Aligned
  • Track your Continuing Education Hours
  • Show Off your ACF Pride with a Membership Patch
  • Choose Your Leaders in ACF's National Officer Elections
  • Learning Tracks at Cook. Craft. Create.
  • Chefs Must Teach the Rules of Professionalism
  • Bone-in Versatility. The Bone-in Port Delivers Big Flavor
  • 2017 Worldchefs Continental Tryouts for the Americas
  • 13th Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference

PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 8 - April 17, 2017

  • Book your hotel and complimentary transportation for Cook. Craft. Create. before it's too late!
  • Congrats to Chef Jeffrey Wyder, winner of hotel suite upgrade and Disney package.
  • Visit the ACF Career Center
  • A big THANK YOU for answering the ACF survey!
  • Nominations and Elections Committee Update
  • 2017 Election Ballot
  • Learn Modern Plating at Cook. Craft. Create.
  • Why Chefs Wear White
  • Now This Is Big. A Big Bad Bone-In Pork Rib Roast
  • Notice of Annual Member Meeting for 2017 Elections
  • 13th Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference

PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 7 - April 3, 2017

  • General Session Keynotes Announced for Cook. Craft. Create.
  • NRA Show Discount for ACF Members
  • ACF Board of Directors Election Schedule and Voter Eligibility
  • Share your Story with Sizzle
  • ACF Plaques
  • Nominations and Elections Committee Update
  • Signature Looks for Every Kitchen
  • April Ingredient of the Month: American Lamb
  • 13th Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference
  • Meet the 2017 Award Finalists
  • One Cut. Endless Possibilities.

PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 6 - March 20, 2017

  • Dates and Location Announced for 2017 ACF Certified Master Chef Exam
  • Congrats to the 2017 ACF award finalists!
  • Register for Cook. Craft. Create. by March 31 for a magical offer!
  • Membership Dues Must Be Paid by March 31 to Vote in ACF Elections
  • Calling all foragers!
  • Spring Sale in the ACF Store
  • U.S. Team Claims Title in Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event
  • Application Deadline Approaching for ACF Culinary Team USA 2020
  • A Coat for Accomplished Chefs
  • Chef Shayne McCrady Selected as ACF Young Chefs Club President
  • 13th Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference

PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 5 - March 6, 2017

  • Seven ACF certification levels "fast tracked" with WORLDCHEFS Certification Program
  • Last Call for Certification Commission Submissions
  • 2017 National Restaurant Association Show
  • Membership Dues Must Be Paid by March 31 to Vote in ACF Elections
  • Traditional Style. Bold, New Look. Happy Chef Uniforms
  • Toques Off to the Northeast Region Culinary Salon Winners
  • Fermented Port with Greens and Cherry Miso. Pork, Be Inspired
  • ChefConnect: NYC Highlights
  • Applications for ACF Culinary Team USA 2020
  • 13th Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference

PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 4 - February 21, 2017

  • ACF Wants You! (to serve on the Certification Commission)
  • ChefConnect: NYC Dine Around Town
  • Are You Eligible to Vote in ACF's Election?
  • S. Pellegrino Announces Plans for Youg Chef Flobal Competition
  • 2017 FoodTrekking World Travel Trade Convention
  • Congrats Central and Western Region Chefs!
  • Applications for ACF Culinary Team USA 2020
  • 2017 Lenôtre National Symposium on Pastry Arts
  • Tabasco Foodservice
  • Ingredient of the Month: Mango
  • Neo, from the premium Master's Reserve® Performa Collection by Libbey®
  • ChefConnect: NYC Hands-on Workshops at ICE
  • 13th Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference

PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 3 - February 6, 2017

  • Toques Off to the Central and Western Region Student Team Salon Winners!
    • Central Region Student Team Champion ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.
    • Western Region Student Team Champion Kapiolani Community College ACF Honolulu Chapter
    • Chef of the Year Competition Plates
    • Pastry Chef of the Year Competition Plates
    • Student Chef of the Year Competition Plates
  • ChefConnect: NYC Hotel Deadline Extended
  • Ingredient of the Month: Mangos
  • Regional ChefConnect Conference Updates
  • Coming Soon: ACF Survey & Compensation Study
  • 2017 Lenôtre National Symposium on Pastry Arts

PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 2 - January 23, 2017

  • Member News & Benefits
  • Toques Off to the Southwest Region Culinary Salon Winners
  • 5th Annual Deans and Directors Retreat
  • Regional ChefConnect Conference Updates
  • Enter to Win! #Waringrecipecontest
  • 2017 Lenôtre National Symposium on Pastry Arts

PDF The Culinary Insider, Vol. XV, Issue 1 - January 9, 2017

  • Member News & Benefits
  • Featured Pastry Demos at ChefConnect
  • Is your company looking for more great chefs like you?
  • 5th Annual Deans and Directors Retreat
  • Tesia Campbell to Compete in Global Young Chefs Challenge Jan. 25 at Sirha, Lyon
  • Call for Cook. Craft. Create. Presenters