2014 ACF Central Regional Conference

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The ACF Central Regional Conference, hosted by Chefs de Cuisine of Association of St. Louis Inc., at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel, St. Louis., March 16–19, brought hundreds of chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals to Oakland. The conference theme was “Embracing a Sustainable Future,” and many of the demonstrations and seminars focused on how to incorporate green and sustainable cooking concepts into restaurant kitchens and onto menus.

Attendees enjoyed presentations from keynote speakers, US Foods’ Mark Eggerding, vice president of product sales and support, and David Mulholland, product sales and culinary trainer; and demonstrations from presenters such as Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC, corporate executive chef, Unilever Food Solutions, on Nordic cuisine, and University of California, Davis, chef Salvatore Gagliano on sustainable kitchen trends for restaurants. In addition, the Chefs de Cuisine of Association of St. Louis Inc. presented ACF Culinary Team USA Manager Joseph Leonardi, CEC, and team members with a $5,000 donation to support the team in their quest for gold in upcoming international competitions, and the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), ACF’s honor society, gave a $1,000 grant to the ACF Central Region Student Team Regional Champion to assist the team with expenses to travel to the national competition.

The following ACF Central Region competition award winners will compete for their respective national titles at the 2014 ACF National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., July 25–29.

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

Timothy Prefontaine, CEC, executive chef, The Fort Worth club, Fort Worth, Texas, Texas Chefs Association

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

Stephan Schubert, executive pastry chef, River City Casino & Hotel, St. Louis, Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.

ACF Central Region Chef Educator of the Year

Todd Gold, CEC, CCA, AAC, dean, Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute, Little Rock, Ark., ACF Central Arkansas Cooks Association

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

Frances Jean Jedneak, CEC, executive chef, Sodexo–Excelsior Crossing, Hopkins, Minn., ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter

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

Michael Garbin, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.

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

Chase Grove, student, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Neb., ACF Professional Chefs of the Heartland

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

Students representing Kendall College, Chicago

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

Students representing ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association who attend Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan.

The 2014 ACF Central Regional Conference award recipients listed below were recognized for their outstanding contributions to ACF, goodwill in their communities and/or culinary excellence.

ACF Central Region Chapter of the Year

Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, Inc., St. Louis

ACF Central Region Chapter Achievement Award

  • Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, Inc., St. Louis
  • ACF Louis Joliet Chapter, Joliet, Ill.
  • ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association, Kansas City, Mo.
  • ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana, Schererville, Ind.
  • ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter, Minneapolis
  • ACF Texas Panhandle Chefs de Cuisine, Lubbock, Texas
  • ACF Chefs of Milwaukee, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.

ACF Central Region Cutting Edge Award

  • John Kaufmann, CEC, AAC, HOF, retired, Antioch, Ill., ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.
  • John Kukucka, AAC, executive chef, Essex Golf & Country Club, LaSalle, Ontario, ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association
  • Jonathan Moosmiller, CEC, executive chef, Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla., ACF Tulsa Chapter
  • L. Fernando Mojica, CSC, chef, LFM Culinary, Chicago, ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
  • Mark Spelman, CEC, AAC, corporate executive chef, Helen of Troy, El Paso, Texas, Texas Chefs Association

ACF Central Region President’s Medallion

  • Brian Beland, CMC, executive chef/director of food & beverage, Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association
  • Jess Barbosa, CEC, AAC, retired, Kansas City, Mo., ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association
  • Andy Chlebana, II, CEPC, CCA, culinary arts instructor/pastry chef, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill., ACF Louis Joliet Chapter
  • Deborah Bando-Duit, CEC, AAC, executive chef/owner, Bando’s, Beaumont, Texas, Texas Chefs Association
  • Doug Ganhs, CEC, chef instructor, Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, Mich., ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association
  • Cheryl Molenda, sous chef, Inn at Aberdeen, Valparaiso, Ind., ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana
  • Mark Schneider, CEC, CCE, AAC, culinary arts department chair, Texas State Technical College, Waco, Texas, Texas Chefs Association

ACF Central Region Achievement of Excellence Awards

  • Big Rock Chop House, Birmingham, Mich.
  • Carlucci, Rosemont, Ill.
  • Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
  • Jilly’s Cup Cake Bar & Cafe, St Louis
  • Mezzaluna, Fargo, N.D.
  • Orchard Lake Country Club, Orchard Lake, Mich.
  • Redstone American Grill, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
  • Steve & Rocky’s, Novi, Mich.
  • Sole Mio Ristorante, Woodbury, Minn.
  • Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla.
  • The Purple Pig, Chicago
  • Walnut Creek Country Club, Mansfield, Texas

ACF World of Thanks

Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, Inc., St. Louis

Extra Mile Award

Todd Gold, CEC, CCA, AAC, dean, Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute, Little Rock, Ark., ACF Central Arkansas Cooks Association