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2008 ACF National Convention

The 58th annual ACF National Convention was a huge success. More than 2,000 chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals gathered in Las Vegas to celebrate the culinary industry and achieve culinary excellence.

The convention provided attendees with numerous opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through informative workshops and seminars, cutting-edge demonstrations, a trade show featuring approximately 150 exhibitors and national competitions. The sold-out third annual Certified Master Chefs dinner featured ACF Culinary Team USA.

Bringing Chefs Together

“I left with a sense of optimism for our industry based on the incredible people I met and spoke with. ACF’s National Convention attracts very positive-thinking chefs and professionals who obviously love what they do. What an affirmation of the kinds of people who make up our industry.” —Chef Michael Klein, Emory Conference Center Hotel and Emory Inn, Atlanta

Find out what others have been saying about the 2008 ACF National Convention. More

2008 Award Winners

It was big week in the culinary industry as several chefs were honored with national awards. Watch the 2008 awards video and find out who won. Press Release

General Session

General Session drew a large crowd as top industry chefs presented entertaining demos and seminars. Featured chefs included:

  • Key Note Speaker: Charlie Trotter
  • Donald Wressell
  • John Kinsella, CMC, WGMC, CCE, AAC
  • Edward Leonard, CMC, AAC

Certified Master Chefs Dinner

Nine of ACF’s CMCs teamed up at Convention to host the third annual Certified Master Chefs Dinner. Proceeds from the sold-out event will benefit ACF Culinary Team USA, who was featured at this year’s event. View the Menu

Educational Highlights

Attendees enjoyed a variety of educational and entertaining seminars and demos featuring top chefs and educators including:

  • Martin Yan
  • Tracy Griffith
  • Chan Boupha
  • Rick Moonen
  • Roland Mesnier
  • And much more

Notable presentations included:

American Academy of Chefs

The American Academy of Chefs inducted 26 members, six honorary members and award honorees during the annual fellows meeting and the AAC induction ceremony and dinner held at the Red Rock Resort Spa. Press Release

Convention Sponsors

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