Experience the Power of Connection:  ACF Events Series July 22–26, 2011
Gaylord Texan
Dallas

2011 ACF National Convention National Competition Winners

Congratulations to the 2011 American Culinary Federation competition winners and a sincere thank you to all the competitors for a job well done.

U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year | Pastry Chef of the Year | Chef Educator of the Year | Student Chef of the Year | Chef Professionalism Award | Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award | ACF Student Team National Championship | Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl | Paella, Please! | ACF National Championship: Cooking for Life | USDA Recipes for Healthy Kids National Cook-off

U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year, Sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

Todd Kelly

Todd Kelly

Executive chef/director of food and beverage, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati
ACF Greater Cincinnati Chapter


Pastry Chef of the Year, Sponsored by Splenda®

Kyongran 'Alex' Hwang

Kyongran “Alex” Hwang

Assistant pastry chef, Cherokee Town and Country Club, Atlanta
ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Inc.


Chef Educator of the Year

Dina Altieri

Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE

Chef-instructor, Kendall College, Chicago
ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.


Student Chef of the Year, Sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.

Aaron Guajardo

Aaron Guajardo III

Student, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill.
ACF Louis Joliet Chapter


Chef Professionalism Award, Sponsored by Minor’s

Russell Scott

Russell Scott, CMC, WGMC

Executive chef, Isleworth Golf & Country Club, Windermere, Fla.
ACF Central Florida Chapter


Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

John Zehnder

John Zehnder, CEC, AAC

Executive chef/food & beverage director, Zehnder’s Restaurant, Frankenmuth, Mich.
ACF Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter


ACF Student Team National Championship, Sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.

Joliet Junior College Student Team

Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill.; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

David Basile, Robert Belanski, Aaron Guajardo III, Laura Korte and Michael Shannon, CC. Tim Bucci, CEC, CCE, CHE, CCJ, and Kyle Richardson, CCE, CEC, CHE, ACE, AAC, coaches, not pictured.


Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, Sponsored by American Technical Publishers

Kendall College Knowledge Bowl Team

Kendall College, Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.

Robert Baki, Gabriele Ausraite, Jacqueline Wallner, Paige Rogers and Jacob Clara. Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE, coach, not pictured.


Paella, Please! Sponsored by Riviana

Samuel Murillo

Samuel Murillo

Executive sous chef, Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz.


ACF National Championship: Cooking for Life, Sponsored by Dansko, MenuMax and Sodexo

Paul Jensen & Miles 
McMath

Morrison Management Specialists

Paul Jensen, CEC, CCA, AAC, left, corporate executive chef, Morrison Management Specialists, Nashville, Tenn., a member of ACF Middle Tennessee Chapter; and Miles McMath, CEC, certified dietary manager (CDM), of Hernando, Miss., senior executive chef, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn., a member of ACF Greater Memphis Chapter


USDA Recipes for Healthy Kids National Cook-off

South Education Center Alternative 
Group

South Education Center Alternative (SECA), Intermediate District 287, Richfield, Minn.

Todd Bolton, corporate chef, Parasole Restaurant Holdings, Edina, Minn.; Theresa Guthrie, SECA family/consumer science education teacher; Mary Lair, public health nurse, Bloomington, Minn.; and Dolores Popescu, student team representative