The Culinary Insider - July 20, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue
You Asked for MORE
The 2009 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., delivered MORE
continuing education, MORE professional development and MORE fun. Over
the course of five days, July 10–14, professional chefs, student
culinarians and foodservice industry experts attended 32 seminars and
workshops, 24 culinary demos, 8 competitions and exhibitions, 8 book
signings, 7 social functions and a two-day trade show.
The convention came to a close with the President’s Grand Ball
and Sweet Decadence dessert party, sponsored by Splenda®. It was an
exciting evening with the announcement of the competition winners and
ending with the swearing in of the national officers and board of
ACF National Competition Winners
U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year™, sponsored by Unilever
Joseph Leonardi, CEC; executive chef, Somerset Club, Boston; ACF Rhode
ACF National Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Splenda®
Heather Hurlbert; executive pastry chef, Cherokee Town & Country
Club, Atlanta; ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Inc.
ACF National Chef Educator of the Year
Timothy Bucci, CEC, CCE, CHE; associate professor, Joliet Junior
College, Joliet, Ill.; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter
ACF National Student Chef of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary,
Kelly Conwell; graduate, Johnson County Community College, Overland
Park, Kan.; ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association
ACF National Student Team Championship, sponsored by R.L. Schreiber,
Chefs de Cuisine Association of Hawaii Honolulu, students at
Kapi’olani Community College, Honolulu: Anna Hirano, Keaka Lee,
Tate Nakano-Edwards, San Shoppell, Rena Suzuki and Frank Leake, CCC,
Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by Nestlé Professional
Dale Miller, CMC, WGMC, AAC; executive chef/owner, Dale Miller, Albany,
N.Y.; ACF Capital District–Central New York
Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award
Wolfgang Bierer, CMPC, CEC, CCE, AAC; retired, Hilton Head Island, S.C.;
ACF Chefs of the Low Country
Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by Pearson
Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.: Jeremy Brown, Meredith
Frank, Erin Hoffmann, Amanda Losh, Richard Mueller and Vicki Davenport,
Many other individuals, chapters and dining establishments were
honored during the course of the convention, from the ACF Pittsburgh
Chapter being named ACF Chapter of the Year to the President’s
Medallions, Achievement of Excellence awards, Chef & Child
Foundation awards and MORE.
New this year, ACF TV highlighted each day’s events, keeping
attendees and those at home informed of convention happenings. View the
ACF National Convention photos will be available for viewing and
purchasing on flickr.com by Friday, July 24.
American Academy of Chefs
The 38th Annual American Academy of Chefs
Induction Dinner, July 10, was an evening of fine cuisine featuring
delicacies from the Marriott’s Executive Chef Jon Espelage and a
memorable first course of Caviar & Crab—Tin of Sin by Patrick
O’Connell, proprietor/chef of The Inn at Little Washington. The
AAC Spouses’ Luncheon, at Epcot Center’s France Pavilion
hosted by Jerome Bocuse, son of legendary chef and restaurateur Paul
Bocuse and general manager of Chefs de France at Epcot, and Remy, from
DISNEY-PIXAR’s Ratatouille, was enjoyed by all attendees.
Durable and Precise OHAUS FD Scales
For durable and precise weighing, the OHAUS FD combines a large, bright
display with an internal battery that lasts 120 hours between charges.
With capacities from 6lb to 30lb, and precision up to 0.1g, these scales
can be configured in lb, oz, lb:oz, kg and g. Includes modes for
checkweighing and for baker’s percentages. NSF listed, supports
HACCP systems. For more information or to find out how to buy, call
(800) 672-7722, ext. 7021.
The Next Food Network Star Casting Call
The Next Food Network Star is holding casting
calls. Apply and you might be The Next Food Network
San Francisco: July 26, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
New York City: July 31, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Los Angeles: August 10, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
San Diego: August 17, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Atlanta: August 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
NRAEF Names Executive Director
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)
announced that Barbara Sido has been named its executive director. The
NRAEF is the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant
Association and its mission is to enhance the restaurant
industry’s service to the public through education, community
engagement and promotion of career opportunities.
Think Globally Dine Locally
Support local ACF certified chefs by patronizing their
establishments. Search ACF’s Dining Guide to dine at a restaurant
with an ACF certified chef.