The Culinary Insider - February 1, 2010 (Vol. VIII, Issue 3)

Kelly Conwell, CSC™, Makes U.S. Proud

Kelly Conwell

Kelly Conwell, CSC™, represented the U.S. in the Hans Bueschkens World Championship Junior Chefs’ Challenge Jan. 27 during the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Congress in Chile. Supported by ACF and Custom Culinary, Inc., she competed against 13 others. Although she did not place in the top three, she did an outstanding job representing the U.S. among a pool of talented competitors. Canada won first place, followed by Malaysia in second and New Zealand third.

2010 WACS Congress Highlights

World Association of Chefs 
Societies The 2010 World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Congress in Chile, Jan. 24–28, was eventful. Below are a few highlights.

  • The Congress opened with the declaration of 10 new counties, bringing the membership to 92 strong.
  • WACS President Gissur Gudmundsson announced “Chefs Without Borders” to expand and promote humanitarian initiatives.
  • Michael Baskette, CEC, AAC, a member of ACF St. Augustine Chapter, received the WACS Education Award for his work and dedication to Train the Trainer.
  • L. Edwin Brown, HAAC, HHOF, a member of The Southwest Florida Chapter of the ACF, received the WACS Life Achievement Award.
  • Indonesia placed first in the Global Chefs Challenge followed by The Netherlands in second and Australia in third.

ACF-Certified Executive Chefs Earn an Average $10,000 More

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AAC Celebrating Culinary Excellence

AAC Upcoming events Celebrate culinary excellence with the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation, during the 2010 ACF Regional Conferences. An evening of fine dining awaits ACF members and their guests. Seating is limited. Make your reservations online, or call (800) 624-9458, ext. 102.

Kyle Richardson, CEC®, CCE™, Elected ACFEF Apprenticeship Committee Chair

American Culinary Federation Education 
Foundation Kyle Richardson, CEC®, CCE™, AAC, culinary-arts professor at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill., was elected chair of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Apprenticeship Committee for a term of two years. Richardson succeeds Mary Zappone, CEC®, AAC, chef-instructor at Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pa. Lindy Robinson, business-division dean, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan., was named chair elect, with her term commencing January 2012. More

CAFÉ’s 2010 Program for Foodservice Trainers and Educators

CAFE 5 weekend events critical to your professional development!

March 5–7: Front-of-House Operations National Symposium, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Las Vegas

June 18–20: Mastering French Cooking: from Classics to Contemporary, L’Academie de Cuisine, Gaithersburg, Md.

June 25–27: 6th-Annual Leadership Conference, Baltimore International College

July 23–25: The Healthy Menu-Cooking for Tomorrow, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago

October 22–24: The Latin Event, Johnson & Wales University, North Miami

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

Dr. Oz Helps Chef Andy Kick Salt Addiction

Andy Bacigalupo

The results are in from Andy Bacigalupo’s 28-day salt health challenge with Dr. Oz. He first appeared on the show Dec. 3, when Dr. Oz revealed that the 49-year-old chef and educator from Michigan had the body of a 66-year-old. He returned to the show Jan. 15 to share his results. He lost 40 lbs., five and a half inches from his waist, his LDL cholesterol went from 154 to 114 and his blood pressure dropped from 160 over 110 to 124 over 84. More

Make-It-Mini or Do It with One Pot

The Make-It-Mini Dessert Trio, sponsored by MARS Foodservice, wants to see how creative you can be using a Twix Caramel Cookie Bar or Peanut Butter Cookie Bar. The One-Pot Win A Lot Cooking Competition, sponsored by Riviana, tests your creativity using a quick-cooking rice variety in a main course that’s cooked in a Dutch-style pot. The competitions take place during the tradeshow at each ACF Regional Conference. Regional champions will compete for national titles at the ACF National Convention. The regional conference deadlines for the competitions are: Northeast, Feb. 12; Central, Feb. 26.; and Southeast, March 26.

ACFEFAC Grants Accreditation to Programs

Postsecondary culinary programs at 13 schools across the United States received initial and renewal programmatic accreditation by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). Accreditation assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum amount of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services.

Programs at the following schools received American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) programmatic accreditation:

  • Alaska Vocational Technical Center, Seward, Alaska
  • The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix
  • The International Culinary School at The Colorado Institute of Art, Denver
  • First Coast Technical College, St. Augustine, Fla.
  • The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tampa, Tampa, Fla.
  • The Chef’s Academy at Harrison College, Indianapolis
  • East Central College, Union, Mo.
  • L’École Culinaire, St. Louis
  • The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
  • The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts, a Division of YTI Career Institute, Lancaster, Pa.
  • Culinary Institute of Virginia, Norfolk, Va.
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Va.
  • Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, Wash.

There are currently 377 postsecondary programs in 203 institutions accredited by the ACFEFAC worldwide. Learn more about the newly accredited programs.