Press Release

Portland Hosts ACF’s Western Region Chefs

St. Augustine, Fla., April 7, 2003—ACF Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon welcomed members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to Portland March 28–April 1 for the federation’s Western 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 Western Region Chef of the Year Representative
Jacques Wilson, CEC

Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Wilson is executive chef at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. He will participate in a cook-off this July at the 2003 ACF National Convention at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

ACF Western Region Chef Professionalism Award Winner
John Fisher, CEC, CCE, AAC

Federal Way, Washington
Fisher, who is academic dean in the school of culinary arts at The Art Institute of Seattle, 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 Western Region Student Member of the Year
Ke’o Velasquez

Captain Cook, Hawaii
Velasquez 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. The award is sponsored by Custom Food Products, Inc.

ACF Western Region Student Hot Food Competition
Washington State Chefs Association
won the Western Region Student Hot Food Competition. Team members are: Hayley Vause, Brittany Higley, John Wilson, Janis Frey, and Mary Lokar. The team will compete in the Student Team National Championship at the 2003 ACF National Convention in Washington, D.C. The competition is sponsored by R.L. Schreiber.

ACF Western Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl
Broadmoor Knowledge Bowl Team
took first place in the Western Region Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl and will compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C., during the national convention. Team members are: Brandon Waddell, Keith Perlette, Keith Theodore, Randy Gerardot, and Courtney Veltman. Washington State Chefs Association took second place. The Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl is sponsored by The Art Institutes, Culinary Arts.

ACF President’s Medallion Recipients
Robert R. Bland, AAC
Douglas A. Fisher
Giacomo Stoltz, CEC

President’s medallion recipients are selected by the national president in recognition of superior contributions to the enhancement of ACF as an organization.

2003 Western Region Little Oscar Award Winner
ACF Southern Oregon 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 Western Region Are You Really ACF Award Winners
Gold Plate Winner: ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter, Inc.
Are You Really ACF awards honor chapters that represent the ideals and values of the American Culinary Federation.

2003 Western Region Chapter of the Year
ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter, Inc.

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

  • 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