ACF Northeast Regional Conference

Conference Photos

2007 Photo Scrapbook

The American Culinary Federation would like to thank the Northeast Region members, exhibitors and sponsors for an outstanding ACF 2007 Northeast Regional Conference. We had a wonderful turn out and had many professional and personal enrichment experiences. We hope all attendees enjoyed the networking and professional development opportunities and we look forward to seeing you in Cincinnati in 2008!

Wrap Up from ACF 2007 Northeast Regional Conference

Award Winners Announced at 2007 ACF Northeast Regional Conference
More than 700 Chefs and Cooks Attended ACF’s Conference in Pittsburgh

The American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc. honored its members and chapters at the 2007 ACF Northeast Regional Conference held at the Westin Convention Center, March 2–4, in Pittsburgh.

The 2007 ACF Northeast Regional Conference award recipients listed below will compete for the national title against their winning regional counterparts at the 2007 ACF National Convention in Orlando, July 21–24.

U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year™ sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions
Daniel Scannell, CMC
, executive chef, Carnegie Abbey Club, Portsmouth, R.I.; ACF Rhode Island Chapter

ACF Pastry Chef of the Year sponsored by Splenda®
Patricia Nash
, pastry chef, Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y.; ACF Culinary Team USA member; Chefs Association of Westchester & Lower Connecticut

ACF Chef Educator of the Year
Norman Hart, CEC, CCE, AAC
, culinary instructor, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.; ACF Pittsburgh Chapter

ACF Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award
Gary Fitting, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
, chef instructor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts, Punxsutawney, Pa.; The Groundhog Chapter of the ACF

ACF Chef Professionalism Award sponsored by Nestlé FoodServices
Michael “Mickey” Beriau, CEC, AAC
, executive chef, White Cliffs Country Club, Plymouth, Mass.; ACF Cape Cod & the Islands Chefs Association

ACF Student Culinarian of the Year sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.
Daniel Kirby
, North Tonawanda, N.Y.; student, Erie Community College North, Williamsville, N.Y.; ACF of Greater Buffalo New York

Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl™
New England Culinary Institute
, Montpelier, Vt.
Jeff Surdel; Jakub Cogswell; Joseph Mitchell; Rosalynn Kooker; Angel Custodio; Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE, coach

ACF Student Team Regional Championship sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.
New York; ACF Chefs and Cooks of the Catskill Mountains; State University of New York at Delhi; Thomas Recinella, CEC, AAC
, coach

The 2007 ACF Northeast Regional Conference award recipients listed below were recognized for their outstanding contributions and goodwill.

ACF Chapter of the Year
ACF Long Island Chapter

ACF Chapter Achievement Award

  • ACF Akron-Canton Area Cooks and Chefs Association
  • ACF Casco Bay Culinary Association of Portland
  • ACF Columbus Chapter
  • ACF Epicurean Club of Boston
  • ACF of Greater Buffalo New York
  • ACF Long Island Chapter
  • ACF Nations Capital Chefs Association
  • ACF Philadelphia Chapter

ACF Chef & Child Little Oscar Award Winner

  • ACF Long Island Chapter

ACF President’s Medallions

  • Don Antinore, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, retired, LeRoy, N.Y.; ACF Professional Chefs/Cooks Association of Rochester
  • Kenneth Bucholtz, CCE, AAC, executive chef, Brookside Country Club, Canton, Ohio; ACF Akron-Canton Area Cooks and Chefs Association
  • Americo DiFronzo, CEC, AAC, executive chef, American Food Systems, Inc., Burlington, Mass.; ACF Epicurean Club of Boston
  • Joe Eidem, CEC, AAC, director of food & nutrition, Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, N.V.; ACF High Sierra Chefs Association
  • Susan Sykes Hendee, Ph.D., CCE, dean of graduate and academic studies, Baltimore International College, Baltimore; ACF National Chapter
  • Ferdinand E. Metz, CMC, AAC, HOF, president emeritus, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y.; Mid Hudson Culinary Association
  • Timothy Recher, CEC, executive chef, Sheraton Baltimore City Center, Baltimore; ACF Nations Capital Chefs Association
  • Denise Schaefer, CEC, CCE, chef instructor of food service, Penta Career Center, Perrysburg, Ohio.; Maumee Valley Chefs Chapter ACF
  • Clarence Steadman, CCE, chef instructor, Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio; ACF Columbus Chapter

Chosen for its historical, recreational and social attractions, Pittsburgh was the location of the 2007 ACF Northeast Regional Conference, hosted by the ACF Pittsburgh Chapter. Bringing more than 700 chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals to the city, the conference, themed, “The Culinary Lifestyle: Balancing Life and Passion,” was a tremendous success. The conference provided attendees with numerous opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through informative business seminars, forums, clinics, cutting-edge demonstrations and hands-on workshops. In addition, the conference offered participants the opportunity to learn about the latest cooking trends and techniques. The conference also featured a trade show where foodservice exhibitors showcased their latest culinary products.


Sponsors of the 2007 ACF Northeast Regional Conference included: American Lamb Board; Anova Food, Inc.; The Art Institute of Pittsburgh; Butterball Farms, Inc.; Canada Cutlery Inc.; The Cheesecake Factory Bakery, Inc.; Contessa Premium Foods, Inc.; GFF, Inc./Girard’s Dressings; Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America; Levy Restaurants; MasterFoodServices; RC Fine Foods; SYSCO Foodservices of Pittsburgh, LLC; Rich Products Corporation; US Foodservice; and The Vollrath Co., LLC. National partners include: Custom Culinary, Inc.; Nestlé FoodServices; R.L. Schreiber, Inc.; Splenda®; Tyson Foods, Inc.; and Unilever Foodsolutions. Demo/seminar sponsors include: Anheuser-Busch, Inc.; Mind’s Eye Resource Management, LLC; Nestlé FoodServices; and Thomson Delmar Learning. Chef Designs is the ACF event merchandise preferred provider.