ChefConnect: Indy

Pictures Indianapolis | April 12–14, 2015

More than 400 chefs, students and foodservice professionals from ACF’s Central and Western Regions gathered for hands-on workshops, culinary demonstrations and seminars and networking opportunities at ChefConnect: Indy, April 12–14.

Attendees learned about whole hog butchery, edible technology, food pairings, seafood nutrition and aquaculture, beef fundamentals, cooking for food allergies and sensitivities and how to build a local food system.

Check out photos from the event on Flickr and see what people were talking about on social media.

Regional awards were presented to Central and Western Region chefs and students during the conference. Winners can be found listed below and can also be found in the ACF media room. Regional award winners will compete for their respective national titles at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show, Orlando, Florida, July 30–Aug. 3.

ACF Central Region Award Recipients

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

Andrew Sayes, CEC, executive chef, The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham, Michigan; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association

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

Laura Johnson, CC, floor chef, University of Notre Dame Food Services, Notre Dame, Indiana; ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association

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

Diamond Taylor, student, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

ACF Central Region Student Team Championship, sponsored by Vitamix® Corporation

ACF Professional Chefs and Culinarians of the Heartland/Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska

ACF Central Region Chef Educator of the Year

Carl Conway, CEC, clinical chef instructor, Purdue University School of Hospitality/Tourism Management, West Lafayette, Indiana; ACF Greater Indianapolis Chapter

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

Bernard Urban, CEC, AAC, HOF, posthumous (1929–2014)

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

Timothy Prefontaine, CEC, executive chef, The Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth, Texas; Texas Chefs Association

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

Students representing Kendall College, Chicago

ChefConnect: Indy award recipients in ACF’s Central Region listed below were recognized for their outstanding contributions to ACF, goodwill in their communities and/or culinary excellence.

ACF Central Region Chapter of the Year

ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter

ACF Central Region Chapter Achievement Award

ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.
ACF Chefs of Milwaukee Inc.
ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana
ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association
ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association
ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter
ACF Texas Panhandle Chefs de Cuisine

ACF Central Region President’s Medallion

Brian Lorge, HAAC, president/CEO, Lorge Marketing Services, LLC, Bolingbrook, Illinois; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association
Randall Smith, CEC, executive chef, Walnut Creek Country Club, South Lyon, Michigan; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association
Mark Webster, CEC, CCE, AAC, executive chef, Hy-vee, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association

ACF Central Region Cutting Edge Award

Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE, chef instructor/associate professor, Kendall College, Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
Dwight Evans II, executive chef, Covenant Village of Northbrook, Northbrook, Illinois; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.
Peter Gebauer, executive chef, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Milwaukee; ACF Chefs of Milwaukee Inc.

ACF Central Region Achievement of Excellence Awards

American Harvest Restaurant, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan
Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit
Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, Detroit
The Root Restaurant & Bar, White Lake, Michigan
Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan

ACF World of Thanks

ACF Greater Indianapolis Chapter

ACF Western Region Award Recipients

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

Jeremy Tummel, chef de cuisine, Stillwater Bar & Grill at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, California; ACF Monterey Bay Chapter

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

David Lewis, executive pastry chef, Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Denver; ACF Colorado Chefs Association

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

Madeline Bauer, chef’s assistant, Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, Coos Bay, Oregon; ACF Bay Area Chefs Association of Oregon

ACF Western Region Chef Educator of the Year

Andrew McColley, CEC, CCE, chef instructor, Evergreen School District, Vancouver, Washington; ACF Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon

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

Gary Fuller, CEC, CCE, AAC, co-founder, Two Snooty Chefs/Seattle Seasonings LLC, Port Orchard, Washington; ACF Washington State Chefs Association

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

Jay Marshall, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Sysco San Francisco, Fremont, California; ACF San Francisco Chapter

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

Students representing Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, Washington

The ChefConnect: Indy award recipients in ACF’s Western Region listed below were recognized for their outstanding contributions to ACF, goodwill in their communities and/or culinary excellence.

ACF Western Region Chapter of the Year

ACF Pro Chefs Oregon, Portland, Oregon

ACF Western Region Chapter Achievement Award

ACF Pro Chefs Oregon, Portland, Oregon

ACF Western Region President’s Medallion

Salvatore Campagna, CEC, HAAC, retired, San Carlos, California; ACF San Francisco Chapter
Brandon Parry, CEC, executive chef, U.S. Navy, Honolulu; ACF Chefs Las Vegas

ACF Western Region Cutting Edge Award

Colette Christian, CEC, CEPC, chef instructor, The Art Institute of California–Hollywood, North Hollywood, California; ACF Chefs & Culinarians of San Diego
Gary Fuller, CEC, CCE, AAC, co-founder, Two Snooty Chefs/Seattle Seasonings LLC, Port Orchard, Washington; ACF Washington State Chefs Association
Wendy Hunter, CEC, executive chef, THE SPOON at NuSkin Enterprises, Provo, Utah; ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.

ACF Western Region Achievement of Excellence Award

Chef J’s Pizza Shack, Pittsburg, California
Brooklyn Girl Eatery, San Diego
Anthony’s Pier 66, Seattle
Welk Resort, Escondido, California

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