ChefConnect: Baltimore

Pictures Baltimore | February 15–17, 2015

More than 450 chefs, students and foodservice professionals from ACF’s Northeast and Southeast Regions gathered for hands-on workshops, culinary demonstrations and seminars and networking opportunities at ChefConnect: Baltimore, Feb. 15–17.

Attendees learned about food pairings, vegetable-based and meat-alternative entrees, gourmet ice cream desserts, sustainable seafood, allergy-conscious and gluten-free cooking and how to build relationships with local farmers.

Check out photos from the event on Flickr and see what people were talking about on social media.

Regional awards were presented to Northeast and Southeast Region chefs and students during the conference. Award winners are listed below and can also be found in ACF’s media room.

ACF Northeast Region Award Recipients

ACF Northeast Region Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions
Derrick Davenport, CEC, CEPC, MBA, executive chef/enlisted aide, U.S. Navy, Office of the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.; ACF Nation’s Capital Chefs Association

ACF Northeast Region Student Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.
Kathryn Eurich, student, State University of New York at Delhi, Delhi, New York; line cook, The Landmark Inn, Laconia, New York; ACF Chefs and Cooks of the Catskill Mountains

ACF Northeast Region Pastry Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Plugrá® European-Style Butter
Jason Buscovich, CEPC, enlisted aide, U.S. Army, Fort Myer, Virginia; ACF Nation’s Capital Chefs Association

ACF Northeast Region Student Team Championship

Sponsored by Vitamix® Corporation
Massachusetts: ACF Epicurean Club of Boston–Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts

ACF Northeast Region Chef Educator of the Year

Ray McCue, CEC, assistant professor, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island; ACF Rhode Island Chapter

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

Robert Milam, CEC, AAC, chef instructor, Boone Career Center, Foster, West Virginia; ACF West Virginia Chapter

ACF Northeast Region Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award

Sponsored by MINOR’S®
Thomas Long, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Sodexo at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; ACF Harrisburg Chapter

ACF Northeast Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Sponsored by American Technical Publishers
Students representing ACF Eastern Long Island Chefs Chapter, Riverhead, New York

ACF Northeast Region Chapter of the Year

ACF Rhode Island Chapter; Providence, Rhode Island

ACF Northeast Region Chapter Achievement Award

ACF Epicurean Club of Boston; Boston
ACF Long Island Chapter; Long Island, New York
ACF Columbus Chapter; Columbus, Ohio
ACF Harrisburg Chapter; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
ACF Rhode Island Chapter; Providence, Rhode Island

ACF World of Thanks

ACF Greater Baltimore Chapter; Baltimore
ACF Nation’s Capital Chefs Association; Washington, D.C.

ACF Northeast Region President’s Medallion

Robert Forquer, CEC, AAC, retired, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; ACF Conemaugh Valley Culinary Association
Ray McCue, CEC, assistant professor, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island; ACF Rhode Island Chapter
Michael Miello, CEC, Food Fanatic chef, US Foods, Perth Amboy, New Jersey; ACF Northern New Jersey Chapter

ACF Northeast Region Cutting Edge Award

David Banks, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Harry’s Savoy Grill and Ballroom, Wilmington, Delaware; ACF First State Chefs Association
Mark Mayers, CEC, AAC, corporate chef, Harrison Group, Ocean City, Maryland; Delmarva Chefs & Cooks Association
Rene Rawraway, CEC, CCE, chef/professor, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio; ACF Akron–Canton Area Cooks and Chefs Association

ACF Northeast Region Achievement of Excellence Award

Belisimo’s Ristorante; Finksburg, Maryland
Pittsburgh Field Club; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Redstone American Grill; Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

ACF Southeast Region Award Recipients

ACF Southeast Region Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions
Seth Shipley, CEC, CCA, executive chef, The Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande, Florida; The Southwest Florida Chapter of the ACF

ACF Southeast Region Student Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.
Elxis Dodson, student, The Art Institute of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida; line cook, Roy’s, Jacksonville; ACF First Coast Chapter

ACF Southeast Region Pastry Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Plugrá® European-Style Butter
Rodrigo Domingono Nunez Jr., executive pastry chef, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Florida; ACF Central Florida Chapter

ACF Southeast Region Student Team Championship

Sponsored by Vitamix® Corporation
North Carolina: ACF North Carolina Chapter–Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, North Carolina

ACF Southeast Region Chef Educator of the Year

Christian Markussen, CEC, CCE, chef instructor, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, Orlando, Florida; ACF Central Florida Chapter

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

Hans Schadler, CEC, AAC, owner/executive chef, Waypoint Seafood & Grill, Williamsburg, Virginia; ACF Virginia Chefs Association

ACF Southeast Region Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award

Sponsored by MINOR’S®
Eric Karell, CEC, CCA, AAC, executive chef, Innovative Culinary Experience, Duluth, Georgia; ACF Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc.

ACF Southeast Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Sponsored by American Technical Publishers
Students representing Savannah Technical College, Savannah, Georgia

ACF Southeast Region Chapter of the Year

ACF Caxambas Chapter of Naples & Marco Island; Naples, Florida

ACF Southeast Region Chapter Achievement Award

ACF Central Florida Chapter; Orlando, Florida
ACF Palm Beach County Chefs Association; West Palm Beach, Florida
ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association, Inc.; Tampa, Florida
ACF Caxambas Chapter of Naples & Marco Island; Naples, Florida
ACF Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc., Atlanta
ACF Virginia Chefs Association; Richmond-Williamsburg, Virginia
ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter; Roanoke, Virginia

ACF Southeast Region President’s Medallion

Roger Newell, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, retired, Saint Cloud, Florida; ACF Central Florida Chapter
Ted Polfelt, CEC, CCA, executive chef, Jefferson Street MG, Roanoke, Virginia; ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter

ACF Southeast Region Cutting Edge Award

Clyde J. Christmas, CEC, CCA, AAC, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; ACF North Carolina Chapter
Kareen Linton, CC, instructor, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, Tucker, Georgia; ACF Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc.
Chas Tatigian, CEC, executive chef, Twin Eagles Country Club LLC, Naples, Florida; ACF Caxambas Chapter of Naples & Marco Island

ACF Southeast Region Achievement of Excellence Award

Giuseppes Italian Restaurant; Ruther Glen, Virginia

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