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2013 ACF Southeast Regional Conference

The 2013 ACF Southeast Regional Conference, hosted by ACF Kentucky Chapter, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, Ky., March 1–4, brought hundreds of chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals to Louisville. The conference provided attendees with opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through business seminars, cooking demonstrations featuring the latest trends and techniques, culinary competitions and awards. More than 25 chefs, students and chapters were honored at the conference. Many of these award winners will compete against their regional counterparts at the 2013 ACF National Convention in Las Vegas, July 21–25.

At the conference, the ACF’s Chef & Child Foundation, in partnership with Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings & dips, awarded $10,000 to ACF North Carolina Chapter, winner of the ACF Southeast Region $10K Challenge, for the significant impact chapter members made in their local communities by hosting Lunch Break for Kids fundraisers and outreach events for Childhood Nutrition Day. In addition, the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), ACF’s honor society, gave a $1,000 grant to the ACF Southeast Region Student Team Regional Champion, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, N.C., to assist the team with expenses to travel to the national competition in July.

ACF Southeast Region Chef of the Year, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

JohnMichael Lynch, chef de cuisine, Cherokee Town & Country Club, Atlanta; ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Inc.

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

Geoffrey Blount, CEPC, baking and pastry arts program chair, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, N.C.; ACF North Carolina Chapter

ACF Southeast Region Chef Educator of the Year

Leslie Eckert, CWPC, CCE, culinary chef-instructor, The Art Institute of Tampa, Tampa, Fla.; ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association Inc.

ACF Southeast Region Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

Klaus Friedenreich, CMC, AAC, chef-instructor, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, Orlando, Fla.; ACF Central Florida Chapter

ACF Southeast Region Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by MINOR’S®

Christopher McCook, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Athens Country Club, Athens, Ga.; Classic City Chefs & Cooks Association

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

Kendall Knies, student, Sullivan University, Louisville, Ky.; ACF Kentucky Chapter

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

Students from Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, N.C.; coached by Michele Prairie and Patrick Sanecki

ACF Southeast Region Student Team Championship, sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.

Students at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, N.C.; ACF North Carolina Chapter: coached by Eric Backer, CEC

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

Clyde J. Christmas, executive chef, Durham, N.C.; ACF North Carolina Chapter

The 2013 ACF Southeast Regional Conference award recipients listed below were recognized for their outstanding contributions and goodwill.

ACF Southeast Region Chapter of the Year

ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association Inc., Tampa, Fla.

ACF Southeast Region Chapter Achievement Award

ACF Central Florida Chapter, Orlando, Fla.
ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Inc., Atlanta
ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter, Roanoke, Va.
ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association Inc., Tampa, Fla.
Classic City Chefs & Cooks Association, Watkinsville, Ga.

ACF Southeast Region Cutting Edge Awards

Beverly Allman, retired, Vinton, Va.; ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter
Anthony Gates, executive chef, Spring Island, Okatie, S.C.; ACF Chefs of the Low Country
Eric Karell, CEC, AAC, executive chef, St. Ives Country Club, Duluth, Ga.; ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Inc.

ACF Southeast Region ACF President’s Medallions

Josef Jungwirth, CEC, CCA, director of culinary services, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Miami; ACF Gulf to Lakes Chefs & Cooks Association, Inc.
Jeffrey A. Rotz, CEC, CCE, AAC, consultant/educator, Chefs Helping Chefs, LLC, Eustis, Fla.; ACF Gulf to Lakes Chefs & Cooks Association, Inc.
Dennie Streeter Veasey, CEC, CCE, private chef, Winston-Salem, N.C.; ACF North Carolina Chapter
James J. Zeisler, Sr., CEC, CCA, program head of culinary arts, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, Va.; ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter

ACF Southeast Region $10K Challenge

ACF North Carolina Chapter

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