Western Region Honorees

Congratulations to the 2009 ACF Western Regional Conference award recipients and honorees for their outstanding contributions and goodwill.

ACF Chapter of the Year
ACF Chefs & Culinarians of San Diego, San Diego

ACF Chapter Achievement Award
ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.; Salt Lake City
ACF Chefs Association of Arizona, Inc.; Phoenix
ACF Chefs & Culinarians of San Diego; San Diego
ACF Colorado Chefs Association; Denver
ACF Monterey Bay Chapter; Carmel, Calif.
ACF San Francisco Chapter; San Francisco

ACF President’s Medallions
William Barber
; educator, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, Calif.; ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Association
James Callison, CEC, AAC; executive chef, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.; ACF Chefs de Cuisine of the Inland Northwest
Lyle Hildahl, CFBE, FMP; director of education, Washington Restaurant Association, Olympia, Wash.; ACF Washington State Chefs Association
James Koskiniemi ; executive chef, Bellevue Club, Oakland, Calif.; ACF San Francisco Chapter
Mial Parker; CEC, CCE; department chair/chef-instructor, Professional Culinary Institute, Campbell, Calif.; ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California
Eric Watson, CCC, CCE; instructor, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix

Special Recognition
Bruce Riddell, CEC, AAC
; retired, Colorado Springs, Colo.; ACF Pikes Peak Chapter Inc.

Special Recognition for Chapter Presidents
Ray Delfino, CEC
; Spokane Valley, Wash.; ACF Chefs de Cuisine of the Inland Northwest, 2008 term
Gary Fuller, CEC, CCE, AAC; program manager, West Sound Technical Skills Center, Bremerton, Wash.; ACF Washington State Chefs Association, 2009 term
Peter Hodgson, CEC; executive chef, Salt Lake City Marriott–University Park, Salt Lake City; ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc., 2009 term
Vernon Wong, CEC; consultant, Kailua Kona, Hawaii; ACF Kona-Kohala Chefs Association, 2007 term

American Academy of Chefs Chair’s Scholarship
Nicolas Ganea
; student, Renton Technical College, Renton, Wash.; ACF Washington State Chefs Association