2013 ACF National Convention National Competition Winners

Congratulations to the 2013 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 | ACF National Championship Collegiate Dining Challenge | Flavors of the Mediterranean—A Minute® Rice Competition

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

Eddie Tancredi

Eddie Tancredi, CEC

Corporate chef, Cleveland Restaurant Group, Cleveland
ACF Cleveland Chapter Inc.


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

Alison Murphy

Alison Murphy

Pastry chef, The Vintage Club, Indian Wells, Calif.
ACF national member


ACF Chef Educator of the Year

Leslie Eckert

Leslie Eckert, CWPC, CCE, MBA

Culinary-arts instructor, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tampa, Tampa, Fla.
ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association, Inc.


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

Jaclyn Adamonis

Jaclyn Adamonis

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


Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by MINOR’s®

James Connolly

James Connolly, CEC, CCA, AAC

Division director of culinary services for New England, Atria Senior Living Group, Louisville, Ky.
ACF Epicurean Club of Boston


Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

Klaus Friedenreich

Klaus Friedenreich, CMC, AAC

Chef-instructor, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
ACF Central Florida 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
Timothy Baran, Jacob Bernard, Joseph Biskie, Vince Cassidy and Amy Gutierrez; Timothy Bucci, CEC, CCE, CHE, coach


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

Westmoreland County Community College Knowledge Bowl Team

Westmoreland County Community College

Youngwood, Pa.
Nicole Cervone, Christina Crouse, Tonia Eisaman, Ryan Moore and Courtney Nalevanko; Carol Baier, CC, coach


ACF National Championship Collegiate Dining Challenge

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.; Charu Chandra Pant, CEC, ACE, test kitchen chef, and Greg Larson, CEC, unit chef, North Dining Hall


Flavors of the Mediterranean—A Minute® Rice Competition, sponsored by Riviana® Foods

Cyril Ortigosa-Liaz

Third cook, Yale University Catering, New Haven, Conn.
Connecticut Chefs Association

NEWCHEF Fashion Inc.