The Culinary Insider - July 19, 2010 (Vol. VIII, Issue 15)

2011 ACF National Convention Prize

Views of Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center

Deadline July 26, 2010
ACF members who choose the digital edition of The National Culinary Review (NCR) by July 26 will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a 2011 ACF National Convention prize package. One winner will receive two full registrations, airfare for two and a five-night stay July 22–26 at the Gaylord Texan, Dallas.

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 prize package is nontransferable.

Barley’s Healthful and Tasty Benefits

Barley [PDF]

Barley is a cereal grain with a nut-like flavor and a chewy, pasta-like consistency. Most barley grown in the Western world is used either for animal feed or to produce malt for beer and whiskey production. Nowadays, barley’s use is more frequently as an ingredient to add healthful fiber, chewy texture and nutty flavor to soups, stews, casseroles, salads, pilafs and fillings. Read more in July’s Ingredient of the Month, provided by ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

ACF National Convention—Visit Happy Chef® Booth for Exclusive Offers

Custom embroidered ACF chef coats, aprons & special deals only available to ACF National Convention attendees. Visit booth #308 for $5 chef hats, $10 chef coats & pants. Don’t miss out on these amazing offers!

Complimentary Term Life Insurance Benefit of ACF Membership

Life Insurance Form 

The American Culinary Federation provides Professional Culinarians, Culinarians, Student Culinarians, Senior Professional Culinarians, and Allied and Associate members who are not part of a Property or Military Program complimentary term life insurance from The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York, N.Y. Eligible members must be in good standing and have completed and submitted a beneficiary form to ACF naming a beneficiary. More

New ACF Certified Sous Chef™ Exam

Certified Sous Chef Exam Goes Into Effect Aug. 3
American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certification Candidates taking the new ACF Certified Sous Chef™ (CSC™) written exam at the ACF National Convention Aug. 3 will earn a $75 credit toward their certification fee. After Aug. 3, all CSC™ candidates will take the new exam at a Comira test site. In preparation, take the practice exam online, with the same type of questions and weighting as the actual exam, through the ACFEF eCulinary Professional Development Institute.

The Solution to Serve Chilled Food without External Power


Serving temperature is the key to food freshness. Vidacasa is a thermal control dining ware collection that can keep food freshly cold at 32 °F–39 °F for up to 6 hours; requiring no wet ice, dry ice or even electricity. As the first of its kind in temperature control, the cooling power of Vidacasa helps to keep bacteria inactive and lets you enjoy a healthy and pleasant dining experience. Experience the cooling power now!

Join ACF Culinary Team USA

2010 Practice Schedule

ACF Culinary National Team USA invites you to attend their team practice sessions at Johnson & Wales University campuses across the U.S. They are also practicing at ACF National Convention Aug. 1–2, with the finished platters displayed Aug. 3 at the ACF Gathering Spot during the trade show.

Meet and mingle with the team Aug. 2 at the Get Your Groove On Reception at convention. Hear from ACF National President Michael Ty, CEC, AAC, and ACF Culinary Team USA Manager Steve Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC, and meet the members. Break out your bellbottoms and platform shoes and get ready to show your moves when Grooveline takes the stage for a high-energy, funkadelic dance-party.

ACF Culinary Youth Team USA tryouts also take place at convention, with hot food Aug. 2 and cold food on display Aug. 4 at the ACF Gathering Spot. The winner will be announced Aug. 4 at brunch.

Join the team and be a part of the heritage and the journey.

CCF Congratulates 2010 Award Winners

ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation The Chef & Child Foundation (CCF) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2010 CCF awards. Join us Aug. 4 during General Session at the ACF National Convention as we honor them and recognize their accomplishments.

Little Oscar Award
Western Region: ACF Chefs & Culinarians of San Diego
Central Region: ACF South Bend Chefs & Cooks Association
Northeast Region: ACF Long Island Chapter
Southeast Region: ACF Kentucky Chapter

True Spirit Award: Nancy Russman, culinary-arts program coordinator, Jefferson Community & Technical College, Louisville, Ky., ACF Kentucky Chapter

Michael Ty Endowment Fund Award: Thomas Trevethan, CEPC, pastry chef, Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, ACF Chefs Las Vegas

ACF National Convention on Twitter

acfchefs on Twitter Will you be at the 2010 ACF National Convention? If yes, join us as we give minute-by-minute updates via Twitter. Tweet about interesting seminars and demos, the trade show, social functions or anything convention related. Don’t forget you can post photos and videos. Be sure to use the hash tag #ACF10 at the end of each of your tweets. If you are not attending convention, follow us on Twitter at and you will feel like you are there.

Foodservice Chef Recipe Contest

Foodservice Chef Recipe Contest [PDF]

Grape growers in California are challenging foodservice chefs to create an original recipe(s) featuring California grapes as an ingredient by the Nov. 1 deadline. First place is $1,500; second is $1,000; and third is $500. Enter