Experience the Power of Connection:  ACF Events Series 2012 ACF National Convention National Competition Winners

Congratulations to the 2012 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 | What’s in Your Wok: A Fried Rice Competition | Galbani® Mozzarella Caprese Challenge

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

Scott Ryan

Scott Ryan, CEC

Executive chef, The Country Club, Pepper Pike, Ohio
ACF Cleveland Chapter Inc.


Pastry Chef of the Year

Adalberto Diaz Labrada

Adalberto Diaz Labrada, CEPC

Executive chef and cooking school instructor; Harmons Grocery Educational Center, Salt Lake City
ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter, Inc.


Chef Educator of the Year

Casey Shiller

Casey Shiller, CEPC

Program coordinator, baking and pastry arts, St. Louis Community College–Forest Park, St. Louis
Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.


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

Reilly Meehan

Reilly Meehan

Graduate, Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, Coos Bay, Ore., private events chef, San Francisco Bay Area, Calif.
ACF national member


Chef Professionalism Award, Sponsored by Minor’s

Donald Miller

Donald Miller, CEC, CCE, AAC

Executive chef, University of Notre Dame Food Services, Notre Dame, Ind.; ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association


Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

Wilfred Beriau

Wilfred Beriau, CEC, CCE, AAC

Retired department chair, culinary arts and lodging and restaurant management, Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, Maine
ACF Casco Bay Culinary Association of Portland ME


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

SUNY at Delhi Student Team

ACF Chefs and Cooks of the Catskill Mountains; State University of New York at Delhi, Delhi, N.Y.

Mathew Howard, Edward Maley, Leonard Messina, James Russell and Stephanie Wickert. Victor Sommo, CEC, is the team’s coach.


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

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Knowledge Bowl Team

Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, Wash.; ACF Washington State Chefs Association

Richard Hill, Randall Poole, Sarah Ridges and Margaret Venema. Matthew DiMeo and Janet Shaffer, CWPC, are the team’s coaches.


What’s in Your Wok: A Fried Rice Competition, Sponsored by Riviana Foods®

Austin Yancey

Instructor, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, Chicago
ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.


Galbani® Mozzarella Caprese Challenge, Sponsored by Lactalis Foodservice and Galbani® Mozzarella

Edward Adel

Edward Adel, CEC

Culinary instructor, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan.; ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association