The Culinary Insider - April 13, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue
2009 ACF Western Regional Conference Spectacular
The 2009 ACF Western Regional Conference was a spectacular
representation of the Pacific Northwest’s finest culinary and
local offerings. A sincere thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors, and
the ACF Washington State Chefs Association, our host chapter. Photos to
Congratulations to the honorees for their outstanding contributions
and goodwill, and all the award competitors and winners, who were
impressive. Much luck to our regional winners as they prepare to face
off against their regional counterparts for the national title at the
ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., July 11–14.
ACF Membership Stimulus Plan
Any professional or culinarian member who brings in two new
professional or culinarian members will receive a one-year national
membership extension on receipt of their local chapter membership dues.
Both the sponsoring member and the new members will receive this
one-year free national membership extension benefit.
Login to the ACF Web site and review the program guidelines and
additional information under the Members Only section.
CAFE’s Summer Program for Professional Foodservice Trainers
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,
- 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
www.CafeMeetingPlace.com for more information.
Scholarships Available for Students
Academy of Chefs is offering eight $5,000 scholarships through the
generosity of the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation. The
application deadline is May 1. Visit the ACF Web site to learn about
other available scholarships.
The Foundation of the National Association of Catering Executives is
seeking candidates for the Vince DeFinis Scholarship. This $15,000
scholarship will be awarded in the spring of 2009 to an undergraduate
student pursuing a degree in hospitality or a closely related field. The
application deadline is May 18.
Northeast Region Pastry Chef of the Year Competes in Food Network
Megan Ketover, CPC, pastry chef at Midwest Culinary Institute’s
Bakery Hill, Cincinnati, will take part in an upcoming episode of the
Food Network Challenge. As ACF’s Northeast Region Pastry Chef of
the Year, she will bring her competition experience to the set for the
show’s Cereal Bridges 2 Challenge filming April 30 in Denver.
Top Chef: The Tour
Bravo’s Top Chef kicked off a 21-day tour March 27 in New York.
The tour, which allows fans and affiliate partners nationwide to
interact, will feature a brand-new state-of-the-art customized traveling
18-wheeler semitruck, with an expansive space to accommodate more fans
for each on-site demonstration. View the Top Chef tour dates.
ACE Training Opportunities
The ACF Certification Commission has expanded the number of Approved
Certification Evaluators (ACE) Trainers resulting in additional
opportunities for this specialized training. ACE Training locations are
being scheduled now. Learn about the requirements for hosting.
You Eat With Your Eyes…
Edward Leonard, CMC, AAC, in his book, You Eat with Your Eyes:
The Simplicity & Elegance of Presenting Food (LTD Publishing
2008), shares his passion for all things culinary and demonstrates how
the statement “you eat with your eyes” can come to life. The
book is available to members at a discounted rate of $25 plus shipping
through our ACF e-store, but you must login to receive the discount.
One-Pot Cook A Lot Competition
ACF and Riviana Foods, Inc. will hold a One-Pot Win-A-Lot
Cooking Competition at the ACF National Convention Trade Show, Orlando,
Fla., July 12. Competitors will use a Dutch-style pot to prepare a dish
with 10 ingredients, including a Riviana rice product, in 15 minutes.
The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.
Interested competitors should submit an application and a recipe in a
standard four-serving format by June 1. Four competitors will be
selected from the recipes received to participate in the competition.
Download rules and an application. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you