ACF Central Regional Conference

Conference Photos

2007 Photo Scrapbook

The American Culinary Federation would like to thank the Central Region members, exhibitors and sponsors for an outstanding ACF 2007 Central Regional Conference. We had a wonderful turn out and had many professional and personal enrichment experiences. We hope all attendees enjoyed the networking and professional development opportunities and we look forward to seeing you in Kansas City in 2008!

Wrap Up from ACF 2007 Central Regional Conference

Award Winners Announced at 2007 ACF Central Regional Conference
More than 400 Chefs and Cooks Attended ACF’s Conference in Milwaukee

The American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc., honored its members and chapters at the 2007 ACF Central Regional Conference held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, March 25–27, in Milwaukee.

The 2007 ACF Central Regional Conference award recipients listed below will compete for the national title against their winning regional counterparts at the 2007 ACF National Convention in Orlando, July 21–24.

U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year™ sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions
Matthew Southard
; executive chef, Prestwick Country Club, Frankfort, Ind.; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.

ACF Pastry Chef of the Year sponsored by Splenda®
Michelle Garcia
; owner/executive pastry chef, The Bleeding Heart Bakery, Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.

ACF Chef Educator of the Year
Michael Artlip, CEC, CCE, CHE;
AAS culinary-arts program chair, The School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College, Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.

ACF Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award
Albert Imming, CMPC, CCE, AAC
; professor emeritus, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill.; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

ACF Chef Professionalism Award sponsored by Nestlé FoodServices
Gregory Wozniak, CEC, AAC
; executive chef, Sendik’s, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; ACF Chefs of Milwauke Inc.

ACF Student Culinarian of the Year sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.
Erica Kendall
; student, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill.; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl™
Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.
, St. Louis
Brian Horton; Mary Boehne; Stephen Durley; Corey Moore; Sheeri Sullivan; Joseph Mueller, CCC, coach

ACF Student Team Regional Championship sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.
Michigan; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association; Culinary Studies Institute at Oakland Community College; Bradley Ball; John Clements; Elizabeth Kallio; Kathryn Szczerba; Norman Valenti; Tammy Gauthier,
coach; Kevin Enright, CEC, CCE, AAC, coach

The 2007 ACF Central Regional Conference award recipients listed below were recognized for their outstanding contributions and goodwill.

ACF Chapter of the Year
Texas Chefs Association

ACF Chapter Achievement Award

  • ACF Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs
  • ACF Capital Area Professional Chefs and Cooks
  • ACF Chefs of Milwaukee Inc.
  • ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.
  • ACF Greater Des Moines Culinary Association
  • ACF Greater Indianapolis Chapter
  • ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter
  • ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks
  • ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
  • Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.
  • Texas Chefs Association

ACF Chef & Child Little Oscar Award

  • ACF South Bend Chef and Cooks Association

ACF President’s Medallions

  • Hans Aeschbacher, AAC; Chicago; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.
  • David Davidson, CEC, CCE, AAC; executive chef, Sodexho USA, New Berlin, Wis; ACF Chefs of Milwaukee, Inc.
  • Ralph Comstock, CEC, AAC; retired educator, Indianapolis; ACF Greater Indianapolis Chapter
  • Dean Jaramillo, AAC; City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.
  • Stephen Miller, CMC; Macone Midway LLC, Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
  • Marita Pietrykowski, CCC; educator, Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, Wis.; ACF Chefs of Milwaukee Inc.
  • Kyle Richardson, CEC, CCE; culinary arts professor, Joilet Junior College, Joliet, Ill.; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter
  • Art Ritt, CFE; president, A Ritt Corporation, Deerfield, Ill.; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.
  • BJ Whitmore, CSC; executive chef, Bridge View Center, Ottumwa, Iowa; ACF Greater Des Moines Culinary Association
  • Gregory Wozniak, CEC, AAC; executive chef, Sendik’s, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; ACF Chefs of Milwauke Inc.

Chosen for its arts, and historical and recreational attractions, Milwaukee was the location of the ACF Central Regional Conference, hosted by the ACF Chefs of Milwaukee, bringing an estimated 400 chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals to the city. The conference provided attendees with numerous opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through informative business seminars, forums, clinics and cutting-edge demonstrations. In addition, the conference offered participants the opportunity to learn about the latest cooking trends and techniques.

Sponsors

Sponsors of the 2007 ACF Central Regional Conference included: Butterball Farms, Inc.; Canada Cutlery Inc.; The Cheesecake Factory Bakery, Inc.; GFF, Inc./Girard’s Dressings; Johnsonville Sausage, LLC; Kobe Beef America; MasterFoodServices; Reinhart FoodService; SYSCO Corporation; The Vollrath Co., LLC; and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. National partners included: Custom Culinary, Inc.; Nestlé FoodServices; R.L. Schreiber, Inc.; Splenda®; Tyson Foods, Inc.; and Unilever Foodsolutions. Demo/seminar sponsors included: Mind’s Eye Resource Management, LLC; Nestlé FoodServices; and Thomson Delmar Learning. Chef Designs is the ACF event merchandise preferred provider.