Press Release

Award Winners Announced at the 2008 Annual American Culinary Federation National Convention

St. Augustine, Fla., July 18, 2008 - The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF) honored more than 110 chefs, culinary industry professionals and foodservice establishments at the 2008 ACF National Convention in Las Vegas, July 14-17.

Las Vegas was the location of the 2008 ACF National Convention. Bringing more than 2,000 chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals to the city, the convention provided attendees with numerous opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through informative workshops and seminars, cutting-edge demonstrations, a trade show featuring approximately 150 exhibitors and national competitions. The sold-out third annual Certified Master Chefs dinner featured ACF Culinary Team USA.

Charlie Trotter, chef/proprietor, Charlie Trotter's, Chicago, announced, on behalf of the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation, an annual $25,000 donation to the American Culinary Federation Foundation. Trotter, a member of ACF National Chapter, was the keynote speaker during General Session. The Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that awards scholarships to students seeking careers in the culinary arts.

U.S.A.'s Chef of the Year™, sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions
Russell Scott III, CMC; executive chef, Isleworth Country Club, Windermere, Fla.; ACF Central Florida Chapter

ACF National Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Splenda®
R. Andrew Chlebana II, CEPC; pastry chef, White Eagle Golf Club, Naperville, Ill.; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

ACF National Chef Educator of the Year
Wilfred Beriau, CEC, CCE, AAC; department chair and professor of culinary arts, Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, Maine; ACF Casco Bay Culinary Association of Portland ME

ACF National Student Culinarian of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.
JohnMichael Lynch; apprentice and line cook, Cherokee Town & Country Club, Atlanta; ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Inc.

ACF National Student Team Championship, sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.
ACF Professional Chefs Association of Houston: Jeff Albers; Michael Castillo; Eva Raquel del Pilar Castanon; Gabriel Gomez; Robert Morales; and Alex Darvishi, CEC, AAC, coach.

Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by Nestlé Professional
Charles Carroll, CEC, AAC; executive chef, River Oaks Country Club, Houston; ACF Professional Chefs Association of Houston

Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award
Roland Schaeffer, CEC, AAC, HOF; retired, St. Augustine, Fla.; ACF National Chapter

Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by Pearson Prentice Hall
Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.: Mary Boehne, Charles Conners, Brian Horton, Reagan Irwin, Corey Moore, Joseph Mueller, CEC, coach

President's Award
John Kaufmann, CEC, AAC; retired, Antioch, Ill.; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.

ACF Leadership Award
Ferdinand Metz, CMC, AAC, HOF; president emeritus, The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y.; Mid Hudson Culinary Association

ACF Industry Partnership Award
Custom Culinary, Inc., Oak Brook, Ill.

Excellence in Education Award
Professional Culinary Institute, Campbell, Calif.

ACF Humanitarian of the Year Award
Elizabeth Mikesell, CEC, AAC; chef-instructor, Pima Community College, Tucson, Ariz.; ACF Chefs Association of Southern Arizona Tucson

ACF President's Medallion Recipients
Joachim Buchner, CMC; executive chef, Chevy Chase Club, Chevy Chase, Md.; ACF Nations Capital Chefs Association
Julia Burnside; senior manager, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Nassau, Bahamas; Bahamas Culinary Association
Margaret Condrasky, CCE, ED.D, RD; assistant professor-food service, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.; ACF Upstate South Carolina Chapter
Scott Daniels, CEC, CCA; senior director, dining and culinary; Sodexo, Middleton, Del.; ACF First State Chefs Association
Ira Fingerman; national manager, Lady Aster, Tyson Food Service, Springdale, Ark.; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
Donald Hauck, CEC, AAC; chef-instructor, Columbus Culinary Institute, Columbus, Ohio; ACF Columbus Chapter
Paul Kampff, CEC; executive chef, St. Louis Country Club, St. Louis; Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.
Stefan Marcus; chef-instructor, Midwest Culinary Institute, Cincinnati; ACF Greater Cincinnati Chapter
Rene Marquis, CEC, CCE, PCEC, AAC; executive chef, U.S. Army, Brandon, Fla.; Old Dominion ACF Chapter
Jesse Mercado, CEC, AAC; retired, Harwood Heights, Ill.; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.
Myles Moody; Ireland; World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS)
Jonathan Moosmiller, CCC; executive sous chef, Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y.; ACF National Chapter
Christopher Neary, CEC, CCA; executive chef, J. Kings Food Service Professionals, Holtsville, N.Y.; ACF Long Island Chapter
Michael Norton, CEC, AAC; executive chef, Eldorado Hotel & Casino, Reno, Nev.; ACF High Sierra Chefs Association
Christopher Plemmons, CEC; chef-instructor, Olympic College Culinary Arts, Bremerton, Wash.; ACF Washington State Chefs Association
David Prows, CEC, AAC; executive chef, Costa Vida, Sandy, Utah; ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.
Jill Russell, CEC, CCE; chef-instructor, Elgin Community College, Elgin, Ill.; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
Garrett Sanborn, CEC, CCE; chef-instructor, Oldham County Board of Education, Buckner, Ky.; ACF National Chapter
James K. Storm, CEC; executive chef, Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis; Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.
William Tillinghast, CEC, AAC; director of culinary and pastry programs, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia; ACF Philadelphia Chapter
Randy Torres; director of culinary education, Professional Culinary Institute, Campbell, Calif.; Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Charlie Trotter; chef/proprietor, Charlie Trotter's, Chicago; ACF National Chapter
Keriann Von Raesfeld; student, Professional Culinary Institute, Campbell, Calif.; Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Robert Walter, CEC; assistant director, Goodwill Industries SEW, Great Lakes, Ill.; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
Ctefan Wohlfeil; president, Verband der Köche Deutschlands, Frankfurt, Germany; WACS

2008 National Chapter of the Year
ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Inc.

Special Recognition Award
Mary Zappone, CCE, AAC; chef-instructor, Westmoreland Community College, Youngwood, Pa.; ACF Laurel Highlands Chapter

2008 Phillips Foods Recipe Contest
Anthony Lauri, CEC, AAC; executive chef, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.; ACF Greater Miami Chapter Epicurean Club

ACF Achievement of Excellence Awards
Fine Dining category
Desmond Albany Hotel, Scrimshaw Restaurant, Albany, N.Y.
Hugo, Oakley, Ohio
Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant, a division of Morrissey Hospitality Co., St. Paul, Minn.
Tempo Restaurant, Buffalo, N.Y.
The Summit at Midwest Culinary Institute, Cincinnati

Casual Dining category
River House Tea Room, Gruene, Texas
The Pelican's Reef, Cincinnati

Chain Operator or Restaurant Concept
Market Street, Plano, Texas

Culinary Program Full Service Restaurant Facility
Dining Room at Kendall College, Chicago

Hotel or Hotel Restaurant
InterContinental Houston, Houston

Pastry Shop/Bakery
Dessert Dreams, Inc., Irving, Texas

Private Clubs or Resorts
Brookside Country Club, Canton, Ohio
Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.
Valley Country Club, Aurora, Colo.

Restaurant Concept Company
Tommy Guns Garage, Inc., Chicago

Chef & Child Awards
Michael Ty Endowment Fund
Ann Cooper
; director of nutrition services, Berkeley Unified School District, Moss Beach, Calif.; ACF National Chapter

True Spirit Award
Thomas Yanisko, CEC, CCA, AAC
; director of nutrition and foodservice, Community Medical Center, Toms River, N.J.; The ACF Jersey Shore Chefs Association

Little Oscar Award
ACF Kona-Kohala Chefs de Cuisine, Inc.

American Academy of Chefs (AAC) Awards
Chair's Medal
Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC
; corporate executive chef, Unilever Foodsolutions, Lisle, Ill.; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.

Joseph Amendola Award
Noble Masi, CEPC, AAC, HOF
; retired, Plymouth, Mass.; Mid Hudson Culinary Association

Chef Good Taste Award
Hans Schadler, CEC, AAC
; executive chef/culinary director, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Va.; ACF Virginia Chefs Association

Sharing Culinary Traditions Award
Charles Carroll, CEC, AAC
; executive chef, River Oaks Country Club, Houston; ACF Professional Chefs Association of Houston

Lt. General John D. McLaughlin Award
Stephen Miller, CMC
; vice president, logistics, operations and planning, Macone Midway LLC, Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.

American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame
Manfred Bast, CMPC, CEC, AAC
; retired chef-instructor, The Restaurant School, Philadelphia; ACF Philadelphia Chapter

American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame Celebrated Chef
Charlie Trotter
; chef/proprietor, Charlie Trotter's, Chicago; ACF National Chapter

2008 American Academy of Chefs Academy Fellows
Jeff Bacon, CEC, CCA
; executive chef and program director, Triad Community Kitchen, Winston Salem, N.C.; ACF Triad Chapter North Carolina
Patrick Britten, CEC; culinary specialist, SYSCO Foodservice Northern New England, Westbrook, Maine; ACF Casco Bay Culinary Association of Portland, ME
Louis Chatham, CEC; executive sous chef, Pearl River Resort and Casino, Choctaw, Miss.; ACF Choctaw Chapter
Philip DeMaiolo, CEC; executive chef, Pier Sixty, New York; ACF Long Island Chapter
Christopher Desens, CEC; executive chef, Racquet Club Ladue, St. Louis; Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, Inc.
Peter Desmond, CEC; culinary instructor, Glenmont Job Corps Academy, Glenmont, N.Y.; ACF Capital District- Central New York
Brian Dragos, CEC, CCE; corporate executive chef, Nestlé Professional, Glendale, Calif.; ACF Chefs Association of Arizona, Inc.
Gary Fuller, CEC, CCE; program manager, West Sound Technical Skills Center, Bremerton, Wash.; ACF Washington State Chefs Association
Michael Gaines, CEC; executive chef, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Salinas, Calif.; ACF Monterey Bay Chapter
Samuel Glass, CEC, CCE, CCA; professor, Centennial College, Ontario, Canada; ACF of Greater Buffalo New York
Todd Gold, CEC, CCA; food service director, Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School, Little Rock, Ark.; ACF Central Arkansas Chapter
Paul Jensen, CEC, CCA; chef-instructor, Nashville State Community College, Nashville, Tenn.; ACF Philadelphia Chapter
Dorothy Johnston, CEC, CCE; owner/chef, Café in the Square, Buffalo, N.Y.; ACF of Greater Buffalo New York
Christian Kiefer, CEC, CCE; executive chef, Schwan's Food Service, Inc., Marshall, Minn.; ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
Ann Marie Mundrick, CEC; general manager and executive chef, Sodexo at Abington Friends School, Jenkintown, Pa.; ACF Philadelphia Chapter
Richard Naglich, CEC; corporate executive chef, Allen Brothers Inc., Chicago; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.
Christopher Neary, CEC, CCA; executive chef, J. Kings Food Service Professionals, Holtsville, N.Y.; ACF Long Island Chapter
John Olsen III, CEC; chef-instructor/restaurant chef, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia; ACF Philadelphia Chapter
Bruce Ozga, CEC, CCE; dean of culinary education, Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, Fla.; ACF Greater Miami Chapter Epicurean Club
Christopher Plemmons, CEC; chef-instructor, Olympic College, Bremerton, Wash.; ACF Washington State Chefs Association
Jeffrey Rotz, CEC, CCE; culinary arts instructor, Eustis High School, Eustis, Fla.; ACF Gulf to Lakes Chefs & Cooks Association, Inc.
Denise Schaefer, CEC, CCE; chef-instructor, Penta Career Center, Perrysburg, Ohio; Maumee Valley Chefs Chapter ACF
Michael Scott, CEC; executive chef, Northwood Club, Dallas; Texas Chefs Association
David Turcotte, CEC; executive chef, U.S. Army; Old Dominion ACF Chapter
J.Kevin Walker, CMC; executive chef, Cherokee Town & Country Club, Atlanta; ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
Paul Zdanis, CEC; director of education, Connecticut Culinary Institute, Hartford, Conn.; Connecticut Chefs Association

2008 American Academy of Chefs Honorary Fellows
Richard Battista
; president, Professional Culinary Institute, Campbell, Calif.; ACF National Chapter
Jim Gibbons; governor of the state of Nevada
Thomas Haas; founder, Thomas J. Haas & Associates, Ltd., Inc., Amelia Island, Fla.
Carol Kizer, CCE; hospitality management chair emeritus, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio; ACF Columbus Chapter
Barbara Kuck; curator, Chicago Culinary Museum & Chefs Hall of Fame, Chicago; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.
Kathleen Salemno; owner, K P Kitchen Crafts, Hatboro, Pa.; ACF Philadelphia Chapter

Sponsors of the 2008 ACF National Convention are: American Lamb Board; Bakewell Culinary Powders; Barber Foods; Belgioioso Cheese Inc.; Berkshire Meat Products, LLC; Buckhead Beef Company; Butterball Farms, Inc.; Canada Cutlery Inc.; The Cheesecake Factory Bakery, Inc.; Cleveland Range, LLC; Contessa Premium Foods; Custom Culinary, Inc.; Diamond Crystal; Dow AgroSciences; Ecolab; Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers; Fortessa, Inc.; General Mills; GFF, Inc./Girard's Dressings; Guittard Chocolate Co.; The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes; Johnson & Wales University; The King Arthur Flour Company; La Brea Bakery; Lantmannen Unibake USA; Lavazza, Italy's Favourite Coffee; Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America; Mann's Fresh Vegetables; McCain Foods USA; Meat & Livestock Australia; Mind's Eye Resource Management, LLC; Nestlé Professional; New Mexico Department of Agriculture; NEWCHEF Fashions; Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats; Pearson Prentice Hall; Perfect Purée of Napa Valley; RC Fine Foods; RH Forschner by Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc.; R.L. Schreiber, Inc.; Rubbermaid Commercial Products; Saputo Foods; Snake River Farms; Splenda®; Sweet Street Desserts; Tyson Food Service; Unilever Foodsolutions; U.S. Foodservice; Ventura Foods, LLC; and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

The American Culinary Federation, Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. With more than 21,500 members spanning 230 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions. For more information, visit www.acfchefs.org.

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