ACF Today Vol. V, No. 10
April 20, 2007
Special Edition . . .

  • Congratulations to the ACF Western Regional Conference Award Winners!
  • 2007 ACF Southeast Regional Conference - The Sights, Sounds & Flavors of Music City
  • Keep Your Operation Growing with Food, Beverages and Ingredients. Attend the 2007 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®
  • Are You a Culinarian Looking for Job or Employer Looking to Fill a Position? ACF's Online Career Center is the Answer!





Congratulations to the ACF Western Regional Conference Award Winners!


U.S.A.'s Chef of the Year™ sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions

Joseph Piazza; executive chef, Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colo.; ACF Colorado Chefs Association


ACF Pastry Chef of the Year sponsored by Splenda®
Loan Co
; pastry chef/bakery supervisor, San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco; ACF San Francisco Chapter


ACF Chef Educator of the Year
Jerald Chesser, CEC, CCE, AAC
; professor, The Collins School of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif.; ACF Southern California Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association


ACF Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award
Bill Sy, CEC, AAC
; academic advisor, Culinary Arts, The Art Institute of Phoenix
Phoenix; ACF Chefs Association of Greater Phoenix


ACF Chef Professionalism Award sponsored by Nestlé FoodServices
David Goodwin, CEC, CCA, AAC
; executive chef, Carson Valley Inn, Minden, Nev.; ACF High Sierra Chefs Association


ACF Student Culinarian of the Year sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.
Carol Chandler, CC
; student, University of Montana, College of Technology, Missoula, Mont.; ACF Montana Chefs Association


Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl
ACF Washington State Chefs Association; Skagit Valley College, Culinary Arts; Alexandra Cantu; Breanne Davies; Taylor-James French; Christine Greenlaw; Brittany Rathburn; Dani A. Cox, CCC, CWPC, CCE,
coach


ACF Student Team Regional Championship sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.
California; ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Association; Orange Coast College; Brodie Curtis; Marissa Gerlach; Conrad Malaya; Suzanne Nottage; Brent Omeste; Jeremy Peters, coach


ACF Chapter of the Year
ACF Colorado Chefs Association


ACF Chapter Achievement Award
ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California
ACF Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon
ACF Colorado Chefs Association


ACF Chef & Child Little Oscar Award
ACF Southern Oregon Chapter, Medford, Ore.


ACF President's Medallions
Peter Aiello, CEC, CEPC; owner/caterer, Alpine Chef Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo.; ACF Pikes Peak Chapter Inc.
Jill Bosich, CEC, CCE, AAC; executive chef/energy programs advisor, Southern California Gas Company, Downey, Calif., ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Association
Janet Crager, CEC; executive chef, Country Side Village, Grants Pass, Ore.; ACF Southern Oregon Chapter
Giovanni Delrosario; director of culinary arts, Los Angeles Harbor College, Wilmington, Calif.; ACF National Chapter
David Goodwin; CEC, CCA, AAC; executive chef, Carson Valley Inn, Minden, Nev.; ACF High Sierra Chefs Association
Leslie Hall, CSCE; educator, Medford School District 549C, Medford, Ore.; ACF Southern Oregon Chapter
Rod Jessick; executive chef, Coeur d'Alene Golf and Resort Spa, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; ACF Chefs de Cuisine of the Inland Northwest
Patricia Curfman, CEC, AAC; executive chef, Patti Cakes Inc., Stayton, Ore.; ACF Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon
Scott LaCrosse; executive chef, Radisson Sacramento, Sacramento, Calif.; ACF California Capital Chefs Association
Robert O'Brien; executive chef, Circus Circus, Las Vegas, Nev.; ACF Chefs of Las Vegas
Roy Joseph Salazar, CEC, CCE; chef instructor, California Culinary Academy, San Francisco; ACF San Francisco Chapter


The Flat Iron Chefs Challenge sponsored by Beef Producers of Idaho, Montana and Washington
Raimund Hofmeister, CMC, AAC
; food and beverage manager, Space Needle, Seattle, Wash.; ACF Chefs of Las Vegas




2007 ACF Southeast Regional Conference
The Sights, Sounds & Flavors of Music City


April 29-May 1, 2007 - Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, Tenn.
Hosted by ACF Middle Tennessee Chapter


General Session promises to balance ACF business, culinary education and fun. The keynote speaker is Walter Scheib, HAAC. Scheib served as the White House executive chef for 11 years (1994-2005) under the Clinton and Bush Administrations. His experiences at the White House serve as his primary resource for an array of anecdotal storytelling, which includes views of the Clinton and Bush families, the corridors of political power, international personalities and what it was like in the kitchen at the most famous building in the United States.


Scheib has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Food and Wine Magazine, and US News and World Report, and has appeared on Iron Chef America on the Food Network, CBS' The Early Show, NBC's Today Show, and ABC's Nightline, among others.


Songwriter's Night at the Wild Horse Saloon Sunday, April 29 - A benefit for childhood hunger awareness in middle Tennessee, this gala will feature the sights, sounds and flavors of Music City complete with cocktails, music, dinner, music, a songwriter's roundtable, line dancing and-you guessed it MUSIC!


Songwriters Victoria Shaw, Bob DiPiero and Jim Photoglo will do more than just perform; they will share the stories behind the inspiration to songs they have written for artists such as Garth Brooks, Alabama, Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Olivia Newton-John, George Strait and more.


Ticket prices range from $20, which is good for admission to the show only, to $75 for the full evening of cocktails, dinner, the show and dancing afterwards. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.


Detailed information about ticket options, the entertainment line up and more is available online at www.nashvillechefs.org. Tickets are on sale now through the chapter and through Ticketmaster, and will be available to the general public this week. Be sure to order yours before they're gone!



Keep Your Operation Growing with Food, Beverages and Ingredients. Attend the
2007 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®


The NRA Show® 2007 will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, May 19-22, and promises to be an exciting time to explore the future of the restaurant-and-hospitality industry for all who attend!


Join over 73,500 of your colleagues and more than 2,000 exhibiting companies from 110 countries for this outstanding opportunity to discover new food, beverages and ingredients, and learn about food safety, technology, décor trends and more shaping the restaurant industry. Choose from over 60 free education sessions led by top industry experts delivering solutions for today's challenges.


Meet trendsetting celebrity chefs and restaurateurs including: Art Smith; Cat Cora; Danny Meyer; Gale Gand; John Doherty; Ming Tsai; Paul Prudhomme, HAAC, HHOF; Rick Bayless; Thomas Keller; Tom Douglas; Steve Raichlen; Marcus Samuelsson; Rick Tramonto; and more as they sign their books and share expertise in the new Celebrity Book Signing area. Additionally, visit the onsite NRA Show Bookstore and browse a vast collection of industry-related publications selected to help you grow your business.


Chef Day, May 22
Attend Chef Day, Tuesday, May 22, in your chef coat and network with other chefs from around the world. This is an outstanding opportunity to experience cooking demonstrations and find the latest trends in food, beverages, ingredients, equipment and food-safety techniques. Also, attend these special chef-focused education sessions:

  • Culinology and Innovation in Food Product Development, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • How to Capitalize on Growing Consumer Interest in Health and Nutrition, Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Going Organic: Views from the Farm and the Kitchen, 2-3:30 p.m.


ACF Culinary Team USA Defends Title at American Culinary Classic, May 19-22
You won't want to miss ACF Culinary Team USA defending their title at the American Culinary Classic, May 19-22, center stage located in the Culinary Scene at NRA Show 2007. This quadrennial, international culinary competition features twelve teams from around the world including: the Bahamas, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, USA and Wales.


ACF Culinary Team USA is lead by Team Coach Jill Bosich, CEC, CCE, AAC, executive chef/energy programs advisor, Southern California Gas Company, Downey, Calif., ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Association; and Team Captain Michael Matarazzo, senior sous chef, Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y., ACF National Chapter. Team members include: Scott Fetty, chef and instructor, Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Pittsburgh, ACF Pittsburgh Chapter; Joseph M. Leonardi, department chair and assistant professor, Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts, Providence, R. I., ACF Rhode Island Chapter; Craig Peterson, executive chef, Hallbrook Country Club, Leawood, Kan., ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association; Timothy Prefontaine, CSC, executive sous chef, River Oaks Country Club, Houston, ACF Chapter of Northern New Hampshire; and Mellisa K. Root, pastry chef, River Oaks Country Club, Houston, ACF Texas Chefs Association.


Visit www.worldofmbi.com/ for information and competition schedules. The American Culinary Classic is owned and produced by the National Restaurant Association in cooperation with the ACF and is sanctioned by the World Association of Chefs Societies.


Registration is $70 per person. You can register at www.restaurant.org/show and have your company's tax ID number and credit card ready. If you have any questions, e-mail nraregistration@dineout.org or call customer service at (312) 580-5410.



Are you a Culinarian looking for Job or Employer looking to fill a Position?
ACF's online Career Center is the Answer!


The ACF Career Center allows job seekers to post their résumé anonymously and view positions for recent culinary jobs available across the nation. Plus, personal job alerts can be established for e-mail notification of jobs posted that match search preferences. Employers can post open positions, manage postings, view résumé, store candidate information and manage online recruiting with ease. Create an account now at www.acfchefs.org!