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2013 ACF Central Regional Conference

The 2013 ACF Central Regional Conference, hosted by ACF Central Arkansas Chapter, at The Peabody Little Rock and Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark., April 28–May 1, brought hundreds of chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals to Little Rock. The conference provided attendees with opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through business seminars, cooking demonstrations featuring the latest trends and techniques, culinary competitions and awards. More than 25 chefs, students and chapters were honored at the conference. Many of these award winners will compete against their regional counterparts at the 2013 ACF National Convention in Las Vegas, July 21–25.

At the conference, ACF Education Foundation’s Chef & Child, in partnership with Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings & dips, awarded $10,000 to ACF Louis Joliet Chapter, winner of the ACF Central Region $10K Challenge, for the significant impact chapter members made in their local communities by hosting Lunch Break for Kids fundraisers and outreach events for Childhood Nutrition Day. In addition, the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), ACF’s honor society, gave a $1,000 grant to the ACF Central Region Student Team Regional Champion, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill., representing ACF Louis Joliet Chapter, to assist the team with expenses to travel to the national competition in July.

ACF Central Region Chef of the Year, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

Ben Grupe, sous chef, Old Warson Country Club, St. Louis; Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, Inc.

ACF Central Region Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Plugrá® European-Style Butter

Cory Barrett, pastry-arts instructor, The Culinary Institute of Michigan at Baker College, Muskegon, Mich.; ACF West Michigan Lakeshore Chapter

ACF Central Region Chef Educator of the Year

Stephen DeShazo, CEC, academy facilitator, Byron Nelson High School, Trophy Club, Texas; Texas Chefs Association

ACF Central Region Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

Kevin Enright, CEC, CCE, AAC, executive chef-instructor/department chair, Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus, Farmington Hills, Mich.; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association

ACF Central Region Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by MINOR’S®

Kevin Brennan, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association

ACF Central Region Student Chef of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.

Jaclyn Adamonis, student, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill.; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

ACF Central Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers

Students representing Kendall College, Chicago; coached by Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE

ACF Central Region Student Team Championship, sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.

Students from Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill., representing ACF Louis Joliet Chapter; coached by Timothy Bucci, CEC, CCE, CHE

ACF Central Region Flavors of the Mediterranean—A Minute® Rice Competition, sponsored by Riviana® Foods

Brian Romano, dean of culinary arts, Victory Trade School, Springfield, Mo.; ACF Springfield/Branson Chefs Association

ACF Central Region Chapter of the Year

ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association, Detroit

ACF Central Region Chapter Achievement Award

ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association, Kansas City, Mo.
ACF Louis Joliet Chapter, Joliet, Ill.
ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter, Minneapolis
ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana, Schererville, Ind.
ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association, South Bend, Ind.
Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc., St. Louis

ACF Central Region World of Thanks Award

ACF Central Arkansas Chapter, Little Rock, Ark.

ACF Central Region Extra Mile Award

Brian Lorge, CCTP, president/CEO, Lorge Marketing Services, LLC, Wood Dale, Ill, and executive director, ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association, Detroit, and ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians, Chicago

ACF Central Region Cutting Edge Awards

Bradley Elston, executive chef, Bolingbrook Golf Club, Bolingbrook, Ill.
Mary Beth Ringgold, president/owner/chef, Cajun’s Wharf, Capers, Market at Capers, Copper Grill, Little Rock, Ark.
Michael Selig, chef/director of food, beverage and events, William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, Ark.

ACF Central Region President’s Medallions

Kevin Brennan, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association
John Draz, CEC, CCE, executive research chef, Ed Miniat, Inc., Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
Todd Gold, CEC, CCA, AAC, director of programs, Pulaski Technical College, Little Rock, Ark.; ACF Central Arkansas Chapter
Luis Fernando Mojica, CSC, chef, LFM Culinary, Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.

ACF Central Region American Academy of Chefs Central Region Service Award

John Farris, CHA, CEC, AAC, retired, Lansing, Mich.; ACF Capital Professional Chefs & Cooks Association of Greater Lansing
Ewart Jones, CEC, AAC, Ph.D., adjunct, Houston Community College and The Art Institute of Houston, Houston; Texas Chefs Association
John Kartje, CEC, AAC, chef mentor/culinary consultant, Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.

ACF Central Region $10K Challenge

ACF Louis Joliet Chapter, Joliet, Ill.

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