ACF Chef Educator of the Year Award

ACF National Educator of the Year award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef, and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession. This person demonstrates the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.

2019 Regional Semi-Finalists


Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Joanna Bryant

Joanna Bryant

Matthew Schellig

Matthew Schellig, CEC, CCE, CCA


Gloria Cabral

Gloria Cabral, CWPC, CCE, AAC

Annmarie Chelius

Annmarie Chelius, CWPC, CCE

Stefan Ryll

Stefan Ryll, CEC, CCE, AAC

Scott Steiner

Scott Steiner, CCE, AAC


Jennifer Denlinger

Jennifer Denlinger, CCC

Alan Lazar

Alan Lazar, CCE

Michael Rigberg

Michael Rigberg, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC

John Schopp

John Schopp, CEC, CEPC, CCE, CCA, AAC


Erol Kanmaz

Erol Kanmaz, CEC

Rudy Kloeble

Rudy Kloeble, CEC

Leslie Seiferle

Leslie Seiferle, CCC, CCE

Scott Smith

Scott Smith, CEC, CCE


Leonard Bailey


Central - Wook Kang, CEC
Northeast - Lisa Tomecek, CEPC
Southeast - Peter Vossenberg, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
Western - * Leonard Bailey, CEC

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