Press Release

ACF Northeast Region Chefs Gather for Annual Conference in West Virginia

St. Augustine, Fla., April 18, 2002—The American Culinary Federation’s (ACF’s) Northeast Region members held their annual conference in Charleston, W.Va., April 6–9, hosted by the ACF Greater West Virginia Chapter. The following individuals, chapters, and companies were honored:

ACF Northeast Region Chef of the Year Award Winner
John Kinsella, CMC, CCE, AAC

Cincinnati, Ohio
ACF Greater Cincinnati Chapter
Chef Kinsella, a chef instructor at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, is now a finalist for the 2002 ACF National Chef of the Year award to be given in July at the ACF National Convention at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

ACF Northeast Region Chef Professionalism Award Winner
Thomas Vaccaro, CEPC

Margate City, N.J.
ACF Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
Chef Vaccaro, executive pastry chef at Trump Plaza Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., is now a finalist for the 2002 ACF National Chef Professionalism award to be given in July at the ACF National Convention in Las Vegas.

ACF Northeast Region Junior Member of the Year
Yvonne Westlake

Royersford, Pa.
ACF Philadelphia DVCA Chapter
Westlake, who is a line cook and tournant at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern, Pa., is now a finalist for the 2002 ACF National Junior Member of the Year award to be given in July at the ACF National Convention in Las Vegas.

ACF Northeast Region Student Hot Food Competition
The Restaurant School of Walnut Hill College
took First Place. Team members were: Jennifer Marker, captain; Hyo-Jung Chang; Amy Jaep; William Polzin; Mark Tropea; and Scott Campbell, alternate. They will compete in the ACF Student Team National Championship at the ACF National Convention in July in Las Vegas.

ACF Northeast Region Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl
1st Place: Columbus State Community College. Team members were: David Eisel, captain; Hillary Fain; Raesue Kao; Shannon Saunders; and Kurt Schumacher, alternate. They will travel to Las Vegas to compete in the national competition.
2nd Place: Pennsylvania Culinary Institute
3rd Place: The Restaurant School of Walnut Hill College
4th Place: Hocking College

ACF Northeast Region President’s Medallions
Keith E. Davis, CEC
- Dayton, Ohio
Ann Marie Mundrick, CEC - Pottstown, Pa.
Thomas F. Recinella, CEC - Delhi, N.Y.
Timothy R. Rios, CEC, AAC - Eastlake, Ohio
President’s medallion recipients are selected by the national president in recognition of superior contributions to the enhancement of ACF as an organization.

2002 Northeast Region Are You Really ACF Awards
Gold Plate Winners
ACF Columbus Chapter
ACF Delaware Valley Chefs Association of Philadelphia
ACF Jersey Shore Chefs Association
ACF Epicurean Club of Boston

Silver Plate Winner
ACF Professional Chefs Guild of Central New Jersey
Bronze Plate Winner
ACF of Greater Buffalo New York
Certificate Winner
ACF Northern New Jersey Chapter, Inc.
Are you really ACF awards honor chapters who represent the ideals and values of the American Culinary Federation.

2002 Northeast Region Chapter of the Year
ACF Jersey Shore Chefs Association

The Chapter of the Year award recognizes the best chapter in each ACF region.

2002 Northeast Region Purveyor of the Year Award Winner
Chef Revival USA

Lodi, N. J.
This award recognizes businesses that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to ACF.

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Founded in 1929, the American Culinary Federation (ACF) is the largest and most prestigious chefs organization in America. ACF’s goal is to make a positive difference for culinarians internationally through education, apprenticeship, and certification, while creating a fraternal bond of respect and integrity among culinarians everywhere.