July 22–26, 2011
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
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
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
Assistant pastry chef, Cherokee Town and Country Club, Atlanta
ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Inc.
Chef Educator of the Year
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 III
Student, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill.
ACF Louis Joliet Chapter
Chef Professionalism Award,
Sponsored by Minor’s
Russell Scott, CMC, WGMC
Executive chef, Isleworth Golf & Country Club, Windermere,
ACF Central Florida Chapter
Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s
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,
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
Kendall College, Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians
Robert Baki, Gabriele Ausraite, Jacqueline Wallner, Paige Rogers and
Jacob Clara. Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE, coach, not pictured.
Paella, Please! Sponsored by Riviana
Executive sous chef, Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz.
ACF National Championship: Cooking for
Life, Sponsored by Dansko, MenuMax and
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
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