ACF Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

This award, formerly the Hermann G. Rusch Humanitarian Award, honors chefs who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to both ACF and the culinary profession. Such chefs, through their involvement with and contributions to ACF and our craft, have advanced the culinary profession and ensured the enrichment of students, our members and those in the profession. Candidates are worthy of carrying on the proud tradition of the chef for whom this award was named, Hermann G. Rusch, AAC (1907–1997).

2019 Regional Semi-Finalists

Central

John Folse

John Folse, CEC, AAC, HOF


Ronna Keck

Ronna Keck


Thomas Recinella

Thomas Recinella, CEC, AAC


Northeast

James Connolly

James Connolly CEC, CCA, AAC


Michael DiStefano

Michael DiStefano, CEC, CCE


George O'Palenick

George O'Palenick, CEC, CCE, AAC


Southeast

Roger Newell

Roger Newell, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC


Jeffrey Rotz

Jeffrey Rotz, CEC, CCE, AAC


James Zeisler Sr

James Zeisler, Sr, CEC, CCA


Western

Peter Gebauer

Peter Gebauer, AAC


Vernon Hickman

Vernon Hickman, CCC, CCE


Lenard Rubin

Lenard Rubin, CEC, CCA


2018 ACF Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

Wolfgang Geckeler, CEC, AAC, HOF

Winners

2018

Central - Alex Darvishi, CEC, AAC
Northeast - * Wolfgang Geckeler, CEC, AAC, HOF
Southeast - Bernd Mueller, CEC, AAC
Western -Bill W C Sy, CEC, AAC, HOF

Previous Winners