ACF Today, Vol. III, No. 18
August 29, 2005


In this edition . . .

* ACF Culinary Team USA Tryouts
* Deadline Approaching for Student Team Registrations
* 2006 Award Applications Available
* Opportunity for Continuing-Education Hours at 90th International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show
* Earn Continuing-Education Hours at Florida Restaurant Association Show
* Sizzle Seeks Questions from Students
* ACF Certification Book Available
* Information on Chapter PR Chairs Requested

ACF Culinary Team USA Tryouts

Do you want to be a member of Culinary Team USA, the current world champion in hot food? If so, visit for team tryout information and to download applications. Applications are due by November 7, 2005, to Edward Leonard, CMC, manager, ACF Culinary Team USA.

Deadline Nearing for Student Team Registrations

The deadline for anyone wishing to register a student team for the upcoming state and regional competitions is August 30. The "Intent to Compete" form, which was updated after the 2005 regional conferences, is available for download by visiting Forms submitted after the posted deadline will not be accepted. Remember, team members' names are required 30 days prior to each state competition. If you have any questions, contact Jennie Snell or Tracy Smith at 800-624-9458 or via e-mail at or

2006 Award Applications Now Available

The 2006 applications for awards, such as U.S.A.'s Chef of the Year™, Chef Professionalism, Student Culinarian of the Year, etc., may now be downloaded from the ACF Web site under the Events, Competitions and Awards link. Here, you will find a brief description of each award and the deadlines for submitting applications. Visit to learn more.

Don't Miss the 90th International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS)

The 90th International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS), which runs from Saturday, Nov. 12, through Tuesday, Nov. 15, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will feature 1,700 exhibitors with thousands of products and services for hotels, restaurants and other hospitality outlets.

In addition to the exhibits, the show offers more than 40 educational seminars, many of which are approved for continuing-education hours for certification (see below). The show will also feature a power-packed opening day of conferences for either the hospitality or foodservice executive ($99 additional fee), as well as dozens of exciting culinary demonstrations and competitions and countless networking opportunities. Don't miss all that it offers to make your business a success!

Through an agreement between ACF and the IH/M&RS, we are pleased to offer you one complimentary admission - valued at $50 - for the show. Just visit and enter the special promotional code ACF05.

You can also check out for complete IH/M&RS details, including an exhibitor list and schedule of events.

Programs Approved for Continuing-Education Hours (CEH)

IHM & RS Trade Show 3.0 CEH
Food Arts Annual Trends Survey 1.0 CEH
Spa Cuisine Scales New Heights 2.0 CEH
The New Directions of Asian Flavors 1.0 CEH
The New Directions of Latin Flavors 1.5 CEH
Food View, A Presentation of Research Chefs Assoc. 1.5 CEH
Research, Development & Pursuit of Sustainability 1.0 CEH
Research, Development & Pursuit of Food Safety 1.5 CEH
The New Techno Marketing 1.0 CEH
A Two-Act Exercise in Evaluation 1.5 CEH
Education Gears up w/ Programs in Research & Develop. 1.5 CEH

Earn Continuing-Education Hours for Certification at the Florida Restaurant Association Show!

Need continuing-education hours (CEH) for certification? Then make plans to attend the 2005 Florida Restaurant Association Show, from Sept. 9-11, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Visit for a complete list of the ACF-approved seminars for CEH. Please remember that trade show attendance can be documented with a copy of your badge, and you must sign in at each seminar with your name and address to receive proof of attendance.

Sizzle Seeks Students' Questions for "Ask the Chef"

Students, do you have a question for a certified master chef? A new column, 'Ask the Chef,' launched in the spring 2005 edition of Sizzle, poses students' questions on any culinary or career topic to Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF, who spent more than 30 years as an instructor and dean at The Culinary Institute of America before retiring in 2002.

Sizzle is seeking questions for its fall 2005 edition. Examples of questions you might ask: What is the future of charcuterie in the United States? or How many years should I devote to my first job after graduation? If you're a student and have a question for the chef, please e-mail it to your answer from Chef Sonnenschmidt just might appear in the next Sizzle. In the e-mail, be sure to include your school or apprenticeship program, your location and your intended degree or certificate.

ACF Certification Book Now Available

The American Culinary Federation's Guide to Culinary Certification: The Mark of Professionalism is now available for purchase. The book, written by Michael Baskette, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, and Brad Barnes, CMC, CCA, AAC, is the essential guide to obtaining the valuable inside track to earning the certification awarded to chefs. It includes:

* A clear explanation of specific skills for five levels
* A road map to passing every certification level
* Helpful exam-taking tips

The book is $31 plus shipping and handling. Call 800-624-9458, ext. 142, to place your order today!

Chapter PR Chairs' Information Needed

Attentions chapters! In order to communicate more effectively with the media at the local level, the ACF National Office is trying to identify all chapter PR chairs for networking and professional development opportunities. If you currently do not have a PR chair, now would be an excellent time to involve an interested member in the PR activities for your chapter. Please send your PR Chair contact information to

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