Nominations and Elections

AAC Officers for 2015–2017

The Academy Chair and Vice Chair serve a two-year term. The Academy Chair is a member of the American Culinary Federation Board of Directors.

The Academy Vice Chair is a member of the American Culinary Federation Foundation Board of Trustees.

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2015–2017 American Academy of Chefs elections for Chair and Vice Chair:

Mark Wright

Mark Wright, CEC, AAC
American Academy of Chefs, Chair


Americo 'Rico' DiFronzo

Americo “Rico” DiFronzo, CEC, CCA, AAC
American Academy of Chefs, Vice Chair

The Academy is confident their knowledge and expertise will help in continuing the American Academy of Chefs mission to promote the education of all culinarians by mentoring culinarians, awarding scholarships to students seeking a future in the culinary industry, and by providing grants to professional working chefs looking to further their career.

Committee Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee and Special Projects

Frank Leake, CCC, CCE, AAC
Chef/Professor