ACF Today, Vol. III, No. 23
October 31, 2005

In this edition . . .
* Registration Open for World Association of Cooks Societies Congress 2006
* 90th International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show Offers Opportunity for Continuing-Education Hours
* ACF Assurance Programs Offers Opportunity for Recognition
* AAC Application Deadline Nearing
* Clearance Sale Online at ACF E-Store
* Center of the Plate Wants to Hear from You!

Register Now for the World Association of Cooks Societies Congress 2006

Ready for one of the best culinary experiences in the world, while surrounded by lush and breathtaking landscapes? If so, make plans to attend the World Association of Cooks Societies (WACS) Congress 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand, March 12-16, 2006.

WACS is a non-political professional organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines. The biennial Congress is a hallmark tradition of WACS and has been organized in more than 20 cities throughout the world during its 74-year history.

While attending the Congress, you can also take time to explore the natural splendor of New Zealand through a tour led by a leading travel specialist. Tour options include a walk on the Milford Track through the heart of Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, a stroll through some of New Zealand's many golf courses and well-known fishing spots. You can also hit the road and enjoy the flexibility and freedom of touring the country yourself in the comfort of a rental vehicle. Tour information is available online at or you may send an e-mail to for tailored travel options.

Take advantage of early bird fees by registering by Nov. 30. Get ready to immerse yourself in the Pacific, and prepare yourself for a 'world of culinary excellence' in 2006. For more information, please visit

90th International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show Offers Opportunity for Continuing-Education Hours

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.

Programs Approved for Continuing-Education Hours (CEH)

IH/M&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 with Programs in Research & Develop. 1.5 CEH

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

ACF Assurance Program Offers Opportunity for Recognition

ACF's new Educational Assurance program offers the opportunity for non-degree-granting culinary programs that do not fall under the scope of the ACFF Accrediting Commission to become recognized by ACF.

Programs that qualify include short-term culinary programs offering less than the required 1,000 hours for ACFF accreditation; specialized- or single-subject training programs such as cake decorating or pulled-sugar training programs; existing ACF accredited programs that offer certificate and/or diploma programs; formalized demonstration classes; and online educational programs. Military training programs, including academic and apprenticeship training, may also qualify. For more information about the program and how to apply, please contact ACF at 800-624-9458, ext. 101.

AAC Application Deadline Nearing

ACF members who wish to apply for election in 2006 into the American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of ACF, should submit their applications and all materials to the AAC National Office by Dec. 31, 2005.

Requirements mandatory for consideration in the honor society include:

  • must be certified as an ACF master chef, master pastry chef, executive chef, executive pastry chef and/or culinary educator for a minimum of two years
  • must be in the culinary profession a minimum of 15 years, 10 of which must be at the executive chef or culinary educator level
  • must be an ACF member in good standing for a minimum of 10 years
  • must have attended four ACF regional conferences and/or national conventions within any 10-year period
  • must fulfill a minimum of 10 of 20 elective attainable goals
  • all requirements/goals must be met the year prior to induction

For more information or to request an application, please contact Laura Howell in the AAC National Office at 800-624-9458, ext. 102.

Check Out the Clearance Sale at the ACF E-Store!

Are you looking to update your wardrobe with some new ACF clothing or other merchandise? If the answer is "yes," then go online to the ACF E-Store. The E-store is offering great clearance merchandise at extremely low prices in order to make room for new inventory. So, visit the online E-store at today!

Center of the Plate Wants to Hear from You!

Do you or your company do any food drives or fund-raisers around the holidays? Or, are you involved in any local holiday community-service activities? If so, let us know by e-mailing Your story might just be featured in the next Center of the Plate.



A Career Development Path for Foodservice Professionals
The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world's premier culinary college, and the American Culinary Federation (ACF), the nation's foremost organization of chefs, have joined forces to create the ProChef Certification program for foodservice professionals.

Why Certification?
ProChef Certification represents the only certification program for chefs based on validating specific skills. Designed to verify and acknowledge the achievements of culinary professionals throughout all career stages, the CIA and ACF's industry-driven ProChef Certification identifies the core competencies imperative for building an effective and rewarding foodservice career, including Culinary Arts, Personnel Management, and Financial Administration.

The CIA's widespread reputation for excellence in culinary education, coupled with the ACF's national recognition, will give foodservice professionals who achieve ProChef Certification the credentials needed to enhance their position, increase their marketability and elevate their appeal to both present and future employers.

Key Benefits for Prochef Certification Applicants:

  • ProChef Certification ties the expertise of the CIA with the established and recognized ACF certification program.
  • One-on-one professional development advisement is provided to all foodservice professionals in the ProChef Certification program.
  • As participants progress through the ProChef Certification, they can focus their development in the following discipline areas: Garde Manger, Asian Cuisine, Mediterranean Cuisine, and Latin American Cuisine.

Take the first step on the path to success-enroll in the ProChef Certification program today!

Visit or call 800-888-7850 for more information

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