The Culinary Insider - May 10, 2010 (Vol. VIII, Issue 10)

Select Digital NCR and You Could Win a 2011 ACF Convention Prize Package

Gaylord Texan

To show appreciation for ACF members who choose digital NCR, ACF will enter them in a drawing to win a 2011 ACF National Convention prize package. One lucky winner will receive two full convention registrations, airfare for two and a five-night stay (July 22–26) at the Gaylord Texan, Dallas.

Members who have opted in to receive digital NCR by July 26 will automatically be entered in the drawing. The drawing will take place during General Session at the 2010 ACF National Convention. You do not need to be present to win; however, if the winner is present at the time of the drawing he or she will receive $200 cash. The 2011 ACF National Convention takes place at the Gaylord Texan July 23–26. The prize package is nontransferable. Select digital NCR.

Students and Apprentices, Win a Trip to ACF Convention and Shadow Chef Ty

Be Like 
'Mike' Contest

Deadline May 28
Culinary students and ACFEF apprentices, enter the Be Like “Mike” contest for the chance to win a trip to the 2010 ACF National Convention, August 2–5, in Anaheim, Calif., to shadow ACF National President Michael Ty, CEC, AAC. Airfare, accommodations and full registration will be provided for the winner.

Applicants must be a first-, second- or third-year full-time culinary student enrolled in either a degree-granting, diploma or certificate postsecondary culinary program, or an apprentice in an ACFEF Apprenticeship Program.

Submit an essay by the May 28 deadline describing why you aspire to be a culinary leader and how shadowing Chef Ty during the 2010 ACF National Convention will help you reach your goal. Five finalists will be selected for a conference call interview with Chef Ty; one winner will be named on June 21. See if you qualify, and enter.

Pass the Omega-3s, Please

Culinary Nutrition News

Omega-3 fatty acids have recently begun to gain a significant amount of attention due to nutrition/ health-driven media coverage. Chefs should take comfort knowing that feeding consumers’ needs and desires for more omega-3s is actually much easier than you may think. Learn more by reading May’s issue of “Culinary Nutrition News,” Pass the Omega-3s, Please, sponsored by French’s Foodservice and provided through a partnership between ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

Going to the NRA Show? Visit the Happy Chef® Booth for Special Deals

Show 2010 Exclusive offers for NRA Show attendees, only at booth #1441. Chef pants 2 for $25, Chef coats $8, Kitchen Shirts $5 and discounts on shoes & cutlery. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75! Don’t miss out, visit Happy Chef at booth #1441.

ACE Training Opportunities

Earn recognition and assist culinarians in your area with ACF certification by taking advantage of one of five Approved Certification Evaluator (ACE) training opportunities. Complete an ACE application and register to attend a two-day approved ACE training. Contact ACF certification for more information.

Smoking? Or Not?

Culinary Nutrition News

Do you smoke, or have you quit? The National Culinary Review wants to talk to smokers and to those who have quit for an upcoming article. Please e-mail

CAFÉ’s 2010 Program for Foodservice Trainers and Educators

CAFE Weekend events critical to your professional development!

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.

ACF Culinary Team USA Update

Culinary Team USA Support ACF Culinary Team USA 2012

Thank you to ACF Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs for its generous donation of $2,000 to sponsor ACF Culinary Team USA. Join ACF Black Hills Chapter members and show your support. Your contribution will help underwrite the cost of training sessions and learning what is necessary to become world champions. Donate

Youth Team Applications Deadline May 31

Competing on ACF Culinary Youth Team USA 2012 is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Tryouts are at the 2010 ACF National Convention, August 2–5, in Anaheim, Calif. The deadline to apply is May 31.

Boost Your Business and End Childhood Hunger

Learn how your restaurant can boost business, engage employees and help end childhood hunger in America. Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out is holding its first webinar May 13, 3:30–4:30 p.m. EDT. Executives from Corner Bakery Café and Taco Bueno will be among those sharing their strategies and answering questions. Register today.

Cooking Light Recipe Contest

Cooking Light Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest Enter the 2010 Cooking Light Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest by submitting a recipe lower in fat and calories than a traditional recipe by the June 15 deadline. Each recipe must include one or more of the following: al fresco® All Natural Chicken Sausage, Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association, Domino® and C&H® Sugar, Eggland’s Best Eggs, McCormick® Perfect Pinch® Seasoning Blends, Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce and Sargento® Reduced Sodium Natural Cheese. The grand-prize is $20,000 cash and more. Contest information and rules.