The Culinary Insider - February 16, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue 4)

ACF Northeast Conference Successful

Boston was the location of the 2009 ACF Northeast Regional Conference hosted by the ACF Epicurean Club of Boston. Bringing more than 600 chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals to the city, this year’s conference was memorable with MORE networking, MORE educational programming and MORE professional development opportunities. Photos

Congratulations to the honorees for their outstanding contributions and goodwill, and all the award competitors and winners, as they did a great job. Please join ACF in wishing much luck to our regional winners, as they prepare to face-off against their regional counterparts for the national title at our national convention in Orlando, Fla., July 11–14.

A sincere thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors, whose support was instrumental to our success.

New Member Advantage Program Partner

ACF is pleased to announce our new Member Advantage Program partner, Federation of Dining Room Professionals (FDRP). FDRP offers several hospitality personnel certification programs. ACF members will recieve a 10 percent discount on FDRP apprentice and associate level programs, and a 20 percent discount on professional and master certification programs. Login to the ACF Web site to receive your discount or call FDRP at (904) 491-6690.

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.

When Is Your ACF Recertification Date?

ACF certification is valuable to your career and professional development. In an effort to assist you in recertification, ACF is distributing hard copy and e-mail notices to alert you of your recertification date. Be sure to know the recertification requirements.

To receive these recertification reminders, keep your mailing and e-mail addresses current by updating your member profile.

We Are Chefs

Join We Are Chefs today and increase your visibility in the culinary industry and ACF. We Are Chefs is an interactive networking site designed specifically for professional chefs and culinary students.

Chefs are invited to join the free site where members can network, create a personal page, post blogs and pictures, join groups, share recipes and much more.

Casting for Food Network’s Chopped

Food Network is currently casting for season two of Chopped and is looking for professional chefs, who want to test their culinary skills against those of their peers. Four competitors will race against the clock; their food judged on taste, creativity, and presentation by the experts. Three are eliminated along the way, and only one remains the ultimate winner. Apply today.

One-Pot Win-a-Lot Competition

ACF and Rivana Foods, Inc. will host a cooking competition at the ACF National Convention, July 11–14. Competitiors will have one dutch pot, ten ingredients (including a Riviana rice variety) and fifteen minutes to prepare a dish. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Submit an application and your recipe in a standard four serving format by June 1. Four competitors will be selected.

Sponsored by 
Riviana For an application and full competition details, contact

Recipe Contests

Top Chef and Quaker® Oats Viewer Quickfire Challenge

Grand Prize: 3-days/2-nights trip for two to host city of Bravo’s 7th season of Top Chef to participate in an episode of Top Chef and taste cheftestants’ recipes.
Entry Deadline: Feb. 27
Enter: Bravo Presents

Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown Season 3

Prize: TBD
Entry Deadline: Feb. 28
Enter: Food Network