ACF Today Vol. V, No. 24
October 1, 2007
In this edition . . .

 

  • ACF 2008 Award Application Deadline Approaching
  • Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl Applications Available in October
  • ACFFAC Culinary Arts Required Knowledge and Competencies Receives Copyright Approval
  • ACF Awards Seal of Approval to SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener
  • Plan for the 2008 ACF Regional Conferences
  • American Academy of Chefs Update
  • Do you think you have what it takes to be a TV star and host your own show?
  • Have you attended a conference or seminar lately and didn't receive continuing education (CEH) credits?
  • October 15 Deadline for Early Bird Registration for 2008 WACS Congress in Dubai Approaching
  • Find What You're Looking For at nichepork.org
  • EB -- "66 pounds of capacity, 1 gram of precision"




ACF 2008 Award Application Deadline Approaching

The 2008 ACF Award Applications have been mailed to each chapter president, and are now available for download from the ACF Web site. The online forms are interactive, allowing you to type in your information and print the completed document. The deadline to return completed applications is October 31.


The application for 2008 U.S.A.'s Chef of the Year™, sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions is only available online or by calling the Events Management Department at (800) 624-9458. The deadline to return completed applications is November 30.


Criteria vary within each award, so please review the eligibility requirements carefully to ensure that your nominee qualifies. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact the ACF Events Management Department at (800) 624-9458.




Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl Applications Available in October


ACF will begin accepting team registrations for the 2008 Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl in mid-October. The competition is open to teams from ACF chapters, ACF apprenticeship programs, and accredited American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFFAC) institutions. The applications will be available for download in October from the following link, http://www.acfchefs.org/Content/Education/KnowledgeBowl.htm. The deadline for application submission for teams completing in the Central and Southeast ACF regional conferences is December 31, 2007. The deadline for teams completing in the Northeast and Western regional conferences is February 28, 2008.


ACFFAC Culinary Arts Required Knowledge and Competencies Receives Copyright Approval


The American Culinary Federation Foundation's Accrediting Commission (ACFFAC) has been notified that the Culinary Arts Required Knowledge and Competencies has received official copyright approval from the United States Copyright Office. The ACFFAC competencies are now protected and are officially the property of the ACFFAC for a copyright term of 95 years.


Any person or program wanting to use the ACFFAC Culinary Arts Required Knowledge and Competencies must now have permission from the ACFFAC. All American Culinary Federation Foundation (ACFF) accredited culinary arts programs must meet the required knowledge and competencies as part of the accreditation process. Any program applying for initial grant of accreditation, must purchase the competencies as part of an initial accreditation packet.


For more information regarding the ACFFAC Culinary Arts Required Knowledge and Competencies please contact the ACFF Accreditation Department at (800) 624-9458 or by email at cchilders@acfchefs.net.


Seal of Approval

ACF Awards Seal of Approval to SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener


SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener earned ACF's endorsement following extensive testing by a panel of ACF-certified chefs. Testing criteria evaluated ease of use, versatility and adaptability of product, consistency of physical properties, application of product to service procedures, and above all, flavor.


SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener is now offered in 65 of the top 100 food service chains nationwide, such as McDonald's, Starbucks, The Cheesecake Factory, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin' Donuts, Burger King and Wendy's.


For information on ACF Seal of Approval, please visit www.acfchefs.org.


Plan for the 2008 ACF Regional Conferences

2008 ACF Event Series - Achieving Culinary Excellence


The new year will be here before you know it, so now is the perfect time to plan for the 2008 ACF Regional Conferences. Early Bird Discounts are available on attendee registration, tradeshow exhibitor booths, hotel room rates and airfare. Visit www.acfchefs.org for the most up to date information - schedules, host hotel and city profiles, downloadable registration forms, and more - for each of the 2008 ACF Regional Conferences. When it comes to Achieving Culinary Excellence, it's never too early to plan.


CENTRAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE
February 8-10, 2008
Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, Mo.
Hosted by ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association


SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE
March 1-3, 2008
Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Va.
Hosted by ACF Virginia Chefs Association


NORTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE
April 5-7, 2008
Hilton Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio
Hosted by ACF Greater Cincinnati Chapter


WESTERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE
April 19-21, 2008
Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Hosted by ACF Beehive Chapter, Inc.


American Academy of Chefs Update

The American Academy of Chefs


2008 American Academy of Chefs Application for Induction
The deadline for the 2008 American Academy of Chefs application for induction has been extended to December 31, 2007. Please contact Katie King in the Academy office if you have any questions at (800) 624-9458 ext. 102 or at kking@acfchefs.net.


AAC Gives Back
The AAC gives thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving culinary students and professional chefs each year. The scholarship applications have updated and are now in four categories; high school students, college students, professional chefs (for help with continuing education), and culinary team grants (for competing culinary teams participating in ACF regional conference competitions or ACF national convention). Please encourage all ACF members to take advantage of these great opportunities.


The AAC will award one $1,000 scholarship at each 2008 ACF Regional Conference during General Session to a deserving culinary student in that region.


The Food Network Star is back for a new season and a new Search! Do you think you have what it takes to be a TV star and host your own show?


This is what the Food Network is looking for:

  • Cooking know-how: You can be self-taught or professionally trained but you must have strong cooking skills. Cooks, chefs, foodies and all those who are passionate about food are encouraged to apply!
  • Personality that pops: Let yourself shine and show us who you really are. Don't be shy. We are all about personality, show us yours!
  • Teaching skills: Bring the world of food and cooking to life in your very own passionate and unique way. Please be clear about your cooking point of view.
    From a pool of finalists, one winner will receive his or her own six-episode show.


To Apply:
Applications and contest rules can be downloaded from www.FoodNetwork.com. Please e-mail your name, age, phone number, e-mail address, city, a brief summary of why you want to be on the show, occupation (if not cooking professionally how do you continue to keep your passion for cooking alive) and a picture of yourself to CastingNFNS4@yahoo.com or meet the casting team at an open call on October 9, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.


Have you attended a conference or seminar lately and didn't receive continuing education (CEH) credits?


ACF offers all conference and seminar planners the opportunity to have their courses approved for ACF CEH hours. Don't forget to call the ACF Certification Department before attending a workshop, seminar or educational culinary activity to find out ACF CEH status. If the program does not offer continuing education hours, ask the program coordinator to contact the ACF Certification Department to have courses approved. The ACF Certification Department can be reached at (800) 624-9458 or by email at certify@acfchefs.net.


Don't miss your chance to attend ACF-approved courses that offer CEHs at the 2008 ACF Regional Conferences. The conference schedule will be packed with opportunities to earn CEHs for ACF certification. For more information on the upcoming conferences, please visit ACF's Web site.


October 15 Deadline for Early Bird Registration for 2008 WACS Congress in Dubai Approaching

WACS Congress Dubai 2008


The deadline for early bird registration for the 2008 WACS Congress in Dubai is October 15, 2007. For detailed information and questions, please contact: Debbie Kelder, CTA, ACF Travel Services Manager, at dkstaug@aol.com or (602) 466-2294.


The WACS biennial congress brings together more than 1,000 of the world's leading leisure-industry professionals. The 2008 congress, hosted by the Emirates Culinary Guild, will be held at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre May 12-15, 2008.


May 8-16, 2008, ACF package includes:

  • Ibis Hotel or similar, seven nights
  • Breakfast daily
  • Airport meet-and-greet, transfers, round trip
  • Registration
  • Shuttle service from hotel to venue, two round trips per day
  • City tour of Dubai plus one additional tour TBA
  • Visa for Dubai
  • Assistance with airfare to Dubai (airfare not included)
  • Taxes and service charges

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