Western Region Competitors

Congratulations to all the 2009 Western Region award competitors and best of luck to the winners, as they prepare to face-off against their regional counterparts for the national title at the 2009 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., July 11–14.

Chef of the Year | Chef Educator of the Year | Chef Professionalism Award | Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award | Pastry Chef of the Year | Student Chef of the Year | ACF Student Team Regional Championship | Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl™

Chef of the Year

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2009 ACF Western Region Chef of the Year Award Winner
Brian Hubner

Executive Sous Chef
Cherry Hills Country Club
Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
ACF Colorado Chefs Association


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Edward Glebus, CEC
Executive Chef
Marriott Mission Valley
San Diego
ACF Chefs & Culinarians of San Diego


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Wendy Hunter, CEC
Executive Chef
NuCafe @ NuSkin Enterprises
Provo, Utah
ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.


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Wendi Mentink, CEC
Executive Chef
Bidwell Street Bistro
Folsom, Calif.
ACF California Capital Chefs Association


Chef Educator of the Year


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2009 ACF Western Region Chef Educator of the Year Winner
Heinz Lauer, CEC

Executive Chef
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts–Las Vegas
Las Vegas
ACF Chefs of Las Vegas


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Thomas Roberts, CEC, CCE
Chef Instructor
Oregon Coast Culinary Institute
Coos Bay, Ore.
ACF Bay Area Chefs Association of Oregon


Chef Professionalism Award

Sponsored by Nestlé Professional

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2009 ACF Western Region Chef Professionalism Award Winner
Whitney Werner, CEC, CCA

Executive Chef
The Beach Club
Santa Monica, Calif.
ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California


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Jacques Wilson, CEC, AAC
Executive Chef
El Camino Hospital
Mountain View, Calif.
ACF Monterey Bay Chapter


Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award


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2009 ACF Western Region Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award Winner
Mohammad Moghaddam, CEC, CCE

Director, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts
Riverside Community College
Riverside, Calif.
ACF Southern CA Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association


Pastry Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Splenda®

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2009 ACF Western Region Pastry Chef of the Year Award Winner
Eric Phillips, CEPC

Executive Pastry Chef
Ameristar Black Hawk
Black Hawk, Colo.
ACF Colorado Chefs Association


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Chad MacPhail
Executive Pastry Chef
Cherry Hills Country Club
Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
ACF Colorado Chefs Association


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David Ogonowski, CEPC
Assistant Pastry Chef
Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino
Lakeside, Calif.
ACF Chefs & Culinarians of San Diego


Student Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.

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2009 ACF Western Region Student Chef of the Year Award Winner
Victoria Maxfield

Student
Utah Valley State College
Orem, Utah
ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.


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David Steed
Apprentice
Little America Hotel
Salt Lake City
ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.


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Keriann Von Raesfeld
Student
Professional Culinary Institute
Campbell, Calif.
Santa Clara Valley Chapter


ACF Student Team Regional Championship

Sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.

2009 ACF Western Region Student Team Regional Championship Winner
Chefs de Cuisine Association of Hawaii Honolulu; Kapi’olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii
; Anna Hirano, Keaka Lee, Tate Nakano-Edwards, San Shoppell and Rena Suzuki. The team was coached by Frank Leake, CCC, CCE.

ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter, Utah Valley University
Coach: Peter Sproul, CEC

ACF Chefs Association of Arizona, The International Culinary Schools At The AI of Phoenix
Coach: Eric Watson, CCC, CCE

ACF Chefs of Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada
Coach: Levy Acosta, Jr.

ACF Colorado Chefs Association, Western Colorado Community College
Coach: Jonathan St. Peter, CEC

ACF Pacific Northwest Chapter, Western Culinary Institute
Coach: Ginger Gross

ACF Washington State Chefs Association, Renton Technical College
Coach: John Fisher, CEC, CCE, AAC

Santa Clara Valley Chapter, Professional Culinary Institute
Coach: Randy Torres


Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl™

Sponsored by Pearson Education

2009 ACF Western Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl™ Winner
Broadmoor Hotel and Resort, Colorado Springs, Colo.
: Katharine Allen; Mikki Butler; Lucas Glau; Jacquelyn Gundelfinger; and Kendra Peregrin. The team was coached by Robert Huckels.

ACF Alaska Culinary Association, Alaska Culinary Academy
Coach: Elizabeth K. Fackler, CEPC, CCE

ACF California Capital Chefs Association, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California–Sacramento
Coach: Carol L. Thomas

ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California–Los Angeles
Coach: Daniel Drumlake, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC

ACF Chefs of the Inland NW, Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College
Coach: Curtis Smith and Julie Litzenberger

The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of San Diego
Coach: Michael Zonfrilli and Kelly Funes

Pikes Peak Community College
Coach: Heidi Block

Pueblo Community College
Coach: Chuck Becker

ACF Washington State Chefs Association, Bellingham Technical College Culinary Arts Program
Coach: Michael S. Baldwin, CCE