Press Release

Chefs Gather for Annual Conference

American Culinary Federation Meets in Lake Geneva

St. Augustine, Fla., May 2, 2002—The American Culinary Federation’s (ACF’s) Central Region members held their annual conference at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis., April 19–21. The conference was hosted by the ACF Geneva Lakes Chapter. The following individuals, chapters, and companies were honored:

ACF Central Region Chef of the Year Award Winner
Joel Tanner, CEC, AAC

Caledonia, Michigan
ACF Greater Grand Rapids Chapter
Chef Tanner, associate manager and executive chef de cuisine at Watermark Country Club in Grand Rapids, 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 Central Region Chef Professionalism Award Winner
John Kaufmann, CEC, AAC

Antioch, Illinois
ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.
Chef Kaufmann, who is retired, 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 Central Region Junior Member of the Year
Paul Tseng

ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.
Tseng 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 Central Region Student Hot Food Competition
Johnson County Community College
took First Place. Team members were: William Norem, captain; Nathan Havercroft; Matt Hirt; Leanne Miller; and Jessica Mullins, alternate. They will compete in the ACF Student Team National Championship at the ACF National Convention in July in Las Vegas.

ACF Central Region Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl
1st Place: Elgin Community College. Team members were: Matt Karnath, captain; Laura Bellus-Kaltenecker; Sarah Bruketa; Chris Copeland; and Erin Mack, alternate. They will compete in the national competition in July in Las Vegas.
2nd Place: Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University
3rd Place: Grand Rapids Community College
4th Place: WCTC–ACF Chefs of Milwaukee

2002 Central Region Little Oscar Award
ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association

The Little Oscar award is given by ACF Chef & Child Foundation to recognize outstanding participation in and contribution to eliminating childhood hunger in America.

ACF Central Region President’s Medallions
Bernard Urban, CEC, AAC
- Houston
Robert Fedorko, CEC - Lake Geneva. Wis.
Grant Short, CEC - Linden, Mich.
Paul Madsen, CEC - Duluth, Minn.
Thomas Berg, CEC, AAC - St. Louis Park, Minn.
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 Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.
ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association
ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

Silver Plate Winner
ACF Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter
Bronze Plate Winner
ACF Arrowhead Professional Chefs
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 Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.

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

2002 Northeast Region Purveyor of the Year Award Winner
Sysco Food Services - Chicago, Inc.

This award recognizes businesses that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to ACF.

Rene Roncari ACF Senior Chef Humanitarian Award
Ralph Comstock, CEC

Indianapolis, Ind.

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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.