Central Region Honorees

Congratulations to the 2009 ACF Central Region Conference award recipients and honorees for their outstanding contributions and goodwill.

Central Region Rene Roncari Senior Chef Humanitarian Award
Thomas Berg
; assistant sous chef, Kelber Catering, St. Louis Park, Minn.; ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter

ACF Chapter of the Year
ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians, Inc., Chicago

ACF Chapter Achievement Award
ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter; Minneapolis
ACF Louis Joliet Chapter; Joliet, Ill.
ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians, Inc.; Chicago
ACF Capitol Professional Chefs & Cooks Association of Greater Lansing Michigan; East Lansing, Mich.
ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association; Kansas City, Mo.
ACF of Iowa
ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.; Chicago
Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.; St. Louis

ACF President’s Medallions
Girolomo “Jim” Calzante, HAAC
; owner, Mamma Maria’s Ristorante, Elmhurst, Ill.; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.
Charles Carroll, CEC, AAC; executive chef, River Oaks Country Club, Houston; ACF Professional Chefs Association of Houston
Warren DeWolfe; Aurora, Ill.; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.
Michael Garbin, CEC, AAC; executive chef, Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
Ernst Gruch, CMC, AAC; Irving, Texas; Texas Chefs Association
John Kempf, AAC; Wauconda, Ill.; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.
Michel Lama; general manager, Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Ill.
John McCormack, CEC, CCE, AAC; president/corporate chef, Gateway Food Ventures Inc., Rochester Hills., Mich.; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association
Michael Reich, CEC; executive chef, Renaissance Chicago Hotel, Chicago; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.

American Academy of Chefs Chair’s Scholarship
L. Fernando Mojica
; student, Elgin Community College, Elgin, Ill.

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Exemplary Programs
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis.; associate of applied science (AAS) degree in culinary arts.