Press Release

ACF’s Southeast Region Chefs Gather in the Queen City

St. Augustine, Fla., February 28, 2003—Members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) gathered in Charlotte, N.C., Feb. 20–23, for the Southeast region conference. The following individuals, chapters, and teams took top regional honors and will compete at the national level during the 2003 ACF National Convention in Washington, D.C., July 25–29, 2003.

ACF Southeast Region Chef of the Year Representative
Roderick Smith, CEC, AAC

Lantana, Florida
ACF Palm Beach County Chefs Association
Smith, executive chef at The Country Club of Florida, Village of Golf, is now a finalist for the 2003 ACF National Chef of the Year award. He will participate in a cook-off in July at the 2003 ACF National Convention at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

ACF Southeast Region Chef Professionalism Award Winner
Derek Spendlove, CEPC, CCE, AAC

Louisville, Kentucky
ACF Kentucky Chapter
Spendlove, chairman of the Baking and Pastry Arts Program, the National Center for Hospitality Studies, Sullivan University, Louisville, is now a finalist for the 2003 ACF National Chef Professionalism Award to be given in July at the 2003 ACF National convention. The award is sponsored by Minor’s, a division of Nestlé FoodServices.

ACF Southeast Region Student Member of the Year
Damian Wanek

Columbia, South Carolina
ACF, Midlands Chapter
Wanek is now a finalist for the 2003 ACF National Student Member of the Year award and will participate in a cook-off at the 2003 ACF National Convention in July at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C

ACF Southeast Region Student Hot Food Competition
Region champions: Ashville Buncombe Technical Community College
Team members are: Eric Baker, Kether Smith, Young Nae Shin, Ashley Ware, and Deric McGuffey.
They will compete in the ACF Student Team National Championship at the 2003 ACF National Convention in Washington, D.C. The competition is sponsored by R.L. Schreiber.

ACF Southeast Region Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl
1st Place: Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College
Team members are: Clay Crabb, Peter Gordon, Patricia Sodano, Emily Sims, and Valerie Wood.
They will compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. The Knowledge Bowl is sponsored by The Art Institutes, Culinary Arts.
2nd Place: ACF Palm Beach County Chefs Association/Florida Culinary Institute

ACF President’s Medallion Recipients
Jud Flynn, CEC
, Blacksburg, Virginia
Marvis Hinson, CCE, Savannah, Georgia
Charles Mattocks, CEC, Surfside Beach, South Carolina
Sheila Veach, Chapin, South Carolina
President’s medallion recipients are selected by the national president in recognition of superior contributions to the enhancement of ACF as an organization.

2003 Southeast Region Little Oscar Award Winner
ACF, Midlands Chapter
. This award is given by the ACF Chef & Child Foundation to recognize outstanding participation in and contribution to eliminating childhood hunger in America.

2003 Southeast Region Are You Really ACF Award Winners
Gold Plate Winners: ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter, Inc.; ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association, Inc.; ACF Triad Chapter, NC; ACF Palm Beach County Chefs Association
Bronze Plate Winner: ACF Greater Miami Chapter Epicurean Club
Are You Really ACF awards honor chapters that represent the ideals and values of the American Culinary Federation.

2003 Southeast Region Chapter of the Year
ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association

Founded in 1929, the American Culinary Federation (ACF) is the largest and most prestigious chef’s 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.

Upcoming ACF Events

  • Northeast Region Conference, March 14–17. Philadelphia, PA
  • Western Region Conference, March 28–April 1, Portland, OR
  • Central Region Conference, April 23–27, Houston, TX
  • 2003 ACF National Convention, July 25–29, Washington, D.C.

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Contact: Kay Orde
(800) 624-9458, ext. 116
korde@acfchefs.net