The Culinary Insider - January 19, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue 2)

Salary Calculator on ACF’s Web site

Find Out What You’re Worth
Did you know that culinarians with a certified executive chef or certified executive pastry chef designation and higher on average earn more in a year?

Several factors have been determined as influential components in determining a chef’s salary. To find out how these factors could increase your annual salary, use ACF’s salary calculator. Here you can select various career situations and the calculator will predict your potential annual salary.

ACF Culinary Team USA Seeks Manager

ACF Culinary Team USA is looking for a qualified culinarian to fill the position of manager of Team USA for the 2010 to 2013 period. Those interested in applying for the position are asked to submit a letter of interest no later than Feb. 21.

All applications will be reviewed by ACF National President John Kinsella, CMC, CCE, WGMC, AAC, and former Team USA Manager Edward Leonard, CMC, AAC. Eligible candidates for the position will be asked to submit a curriculum vita, and these will be forwarded to a selection committee that comprises former Team USA managers, sponsors and competitors. Three candidates will be selected for final review by Kinsella and the committee, and one of those will be named ACF Culinary Team USA manager.

Letters of interest should be mailed to: American Culinary Federation, attn. John Kinsella, CMC, CCE, WGMC, AAC, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095.

CAFE’s Summer Program for Professional Foodservice Trainers and Educators

CAFE offers 5 weekend events in 2009 delivering topics and trends critical to your successful professional development.


  • CAFE’s 5th-Annual Leadership Conference, J&W University, Denver
  • Front-of-House Operations, CIA, Hyde Park, N.Y.


  • Food and Breads of the World, Florida Culinary Institute
  • Global Cuisines, Kendall College, Chicago


  • Edible Art, Professional Culinary Institute, San Jose, Calif.

Earn ACF continuing-education hours! Click Events at for more information.

Looking for a New Career Opportunity?

Visit ACF’s online Career Center for the latest available job opportunities in the culinary industry. Search for jobs by location or type, or post your résumé for employers to find you.

Some of the current postings of available positions:

  • Executive Chef: Chicago Restaurant Partners, McCormick Place, Chicago
  • Corporate Executive Chef: Harry’s Fresh Foods, Portland, Ore.
  • Chef: Morrison Management Specialists, Topeka, Kan.
  • Executive Sous Chef: Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
  • Food & Beverage Manager: Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel, Jackson, Calif.
  • Culinary Arts Director: Miami Dade College, Miami, Fla.
  • Private Chef: private family, Charleston, S.C.

Comerford Remains White House Chef

While many chefs and food writers have speculated during the past months who the Obama administration might appoint as executive chef—from Rick Bayless, chef/owner, Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, Chicago, to Art Smith, former personal chef for Oprah Winfrey, Cristeta Comerford, will remain on the job.

What do you think about this presidential chef choice? Post your comments on Not a member? You can join for free.

What’s Hot in 2009

The What’s Hot survey, conducted by the National Restaurant Association in partnership with ACF, reveals that nutrition and philosophy-driven food choices will be the hottest trends on restaurant menus this year. Local produce, bite-size desserts, organics, healthful kids’ meals and new cuts of meat top the list of nearly 210 culinary items according to the more than 1,600 ACF chefs who participated.

ACFFAC Recognizes Exemplary Programs

Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis., and Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pa., were recognized by the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFFAC) as exemplary programs on Jan. 11.

To qualify as an exemplary program upon renewal of ACFFAC accreditation, a program must have had been in full compliance the last two site visitation reports and have met the ACFFAC standards in the eight required areas.

Recipe Contests

Recipe Contest: Rio Star Grapefruit Recipe Challenge

Prize: One grand prize of $1,000 and three first place prizes of $500
Entry deadline: Feb. 15

QSR Magazine’s Culinary School Challenge

Prize: $500 scholarship and trip to the National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show
Entry deadline: Feb. 16
Enter: QSR magazine