2017 ACF Regional Culinary Salon Competitions

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Southeast Region

Johnson & Wales University
801 West Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202-1122
January 13-14, 2017

Chef of the Year

Tyler Field, CEC, CCA, Executive Chef, The Club at Mediterra, Naples, FL
Bob Gallagher, TR Fire Grill, Winter Park, FL
Drew Garms, Chef de Cuisine, The Everglades Club, West Palm Beach, FL
James Flack, CSC, Executive Chef de Cuisine, The King and Prince Golf and Beach Resort, Brunswick, GA

Pastry Chef of the Year

Cicely Austin, Executive Pastry Chef, Aramark/Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Joseph Cumm, CEPC, Executive Pastry Chef, Piedmont Station, Johnson City, TN

Student Chef of the Year

Daniel Wernz, Student Worker, Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts, Mims, FL

Chef Educator of the Year

Costa Magoulas, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, Dean, Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management, Daytona State College, Ormond Beach, FL
James Paul, MS, CSC, CCE, The International Culinary School At The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Elizabeth Wessman, CCC, Le Cordon Bleu Orlando - Orlando Culinary Academy, Orlando , FL

Chef Professionalism Award

Francesco Abbinanti, CEC, Regional Chef, Icon Hospitality, Acworth, GA
Jeff Bacon, CEC, CCA, AAC, Executive Chef/Program Director , Triad Community Kitchen, Winston Salem, NC
Roberta Clare, CEC, Chef Instructor, Le Cordon Bleu Orlando - Orlando Culinary Academy, Orlando, FL
Ralph Feraco, CEC, AAC, Executive Chef, Kensington Golf and Country Club, Naples, FL

Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award

Helmut Holzer, CMC, VP Corporate Executive Chef R&D, Gourmet Foods International, Alpharetta, GA


Central and Western Regions

Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbold Road
Joliet, Illinois 60431-8800
February 3-5, 2017

Chef of the Year

Alfredo Barrios, CEC, CCA, Director of Food & Bev/Exec Chef, Crave Hospitality Management, San Antonio, TX
Mark Brown, CEC, CCA, AAC, Executive Chef, Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, Oklahoma City, OK
Rocky Dunnam, CEC, Executive Chef, Elizabeth Jane Bivins Culinary Center, Amarillo, TX
Christopher Johnson, Beverly Hills Grill, Rochester, MI
Angus McIntosh Jr, CEC, Sous Chef, The French Laundry, Napa, CA

Pastry Chef of the Year

Julia Julian, CEPC, Culinary & Baking & Pastry Instructor, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI
Melissa Melendez, Houston, TX
Ben Robison, CEPC, Pastry Chef, Bacco Ristorante, Westland , MI
Wendy Schay, CPC, CEPC, Baking Instructor, Pulaski Technical College, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute, Little Rock, AR
Dan Bowman, CEPC, The International Culinary School At The Art Institute of Phoenix, Gilbert, AZ

Student Chef of the Year

Gabrielle Edrosa, Apprentice, Lake Quivira Country Club, Leavenworth, KS
Jose Fuentes, CC, Banquet Chef, Oklahoma Golf & Country Club, Oklahoma City, OK
Nicholas Lentz, Hopkins, MN
Jeremiah Mesker, Cook, Kilwins, Little Rock, AR
Katie Barnes, Missoula, MT
Madeline Black, Provo, UT
Mikaila Clausen, Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, CO
Nathan Haritash, Student, Oregon Coast Culinary Institute Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, OR

Chef Educator of the Year

Robert Hertel, CEC, CCE, AAC, Professor, St. Louis Community College, Affton, MO
Tiffany Poe, CEC, Chef/Owner, Tiffany Poe Culinary Services & The Grandview Inn, Pawhuska, OK
Nathan Sartain, CEC, CCE, Culinary Arts Instructor, Saint Paul College, Saint Paul, MN
Mark Schneider, CEC, CCE, AAC, Culinary Arts Department Chair, Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX
Stuart Stein, CEC, CCE, Chef Instructor/Assistant Professor, Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute, Pleasant Grove, UT

Chef Professionalism Award

J. Kevin Storm, CEC, CCA, AAC, Executive Chef, Bellerive Country Club, Ballwin, MO
Kent Andersen, CEC, CCA, MBA, Executive Chef/Owner, PRIME Restaurants Group, Orem, UT
Dale Fowler, CEC, Executive Chef, Rogue Regency Inn & Suites, Central Point, OR
Robert Phillips, CEC, CCA, AAC, Director of Culinary & Nutrition Services, Mission Community Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award

Luis Becerra, CEC, Culinary Arts Instructor, Bryan High School, College Station, TX
Christopher Dwyer, CEC, CCA, AAC, Executive Chef/Owner, Culinary Consultants Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Fred Griesbach, CEC, AAC, Line Cook/Grill Cook II, Sentry World, Rudolph, WI
Ronna Keck, , Owner/Consultant, Flower of the Flames, Inc., Kansas City, KS
J. Luis Martinez, AAC, Chef Owner, Cactus Patch Restaurant, Thousand Oaks, CA
Mark Painter, CEC, Chef Instructor, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO
Lenard Rubin, CEC, Executive Chef, The Country Club at DC Ranch, Phoenix, AZ


Northeast Region

The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College
434 Main Street
New Rochelle, New York 10801-6410
February 24-25, 2017

Chef of the Year

Philip DeMaiolo, CEC, AAC, Executive Chef, Pier 60, Long Island City , NY
Kenneth Kehn, CEC, Executive Chef, Angelo’s 677 Prime, Mechanicville, NY
Michael Pillarella, CEC, Executive Chef, Wianno Club, Mastons Mills, MA
Nathan Snyder, CEC, Executive Chef, Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center, Oregon, OH

Pastry Chef of the Year

Michael Santos, CEPC, Stratford University, Bowie, MD
Maria Wu, Pastry Cook, Flushing, NY

Student Chef of the Year

Thomas Downey, Student, SUNY Delhi, Delhi, NY
Yudelka Torres, New Rochelle, NY

Chef Educator of the Year

Thomas Hunt, CEC, AAC, Executive Chef, Columbus Culinary Institute at Bradford School, Galloway, OH
Cindy Komarinski, Ph.D., CCC, CCE, HAAC, Program Director/Professor, Westmoreland County Community College, Farmington, PA
Stephen Moir, CEC, Culinary Arts Instructor, Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools, Howell, NJ
Linda Musch, CCE, AAC, Chef Instructor, Chariho Career & Technical Center, Narragansett, RI

Chef Professionalism Award

Scott Ryan, CEC, AAC, Executive Chef, The Country Club, Chesterland, OH
Kenneth Trout, CEC, AAC, Corporate Executive Chef, Icon Hospitality, Southampton , NJ

Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award

Michael Beriau, CEC, AAC, Executive Chef, White Cliffs Country Club, East Falmouth, MA
Curtis Eargle, CEC, AAC, Executive Chef, Maryland Club, Owings Mills, MD
Wolfgang Geckeler, CEC, AAC, HOF, Chef Consultant, , Galloway, NJ
Paul Jensen, CEC, AAC, Retired, Retired, Holtsville, NY


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