The American Academy of Chefs 2017 American Academy of Chefs Award Recipients


Rajeev Patgaonkar

AAC Chair’s Medal

Rajeev V. Patgaonkar, CEC®, AAC®

Executive Sous Chef - Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan. ACF Capital Professional Chefs & Cooks Association of Greater Lansing

Past Winners


Roger Newell

Lawrence A. Conti, CEC, AAC, HOF, Chair’s Achievement Award

Roger W. Newell, CEC®, CCE®, CCA®, AAC®

Retired Senior Chef. Saint cloud, Florida. ACF Central Florida Chapter

Past Winners


Gerard Molloy

Joseph Amendola Award

Gerard M. Molloy, CEPC®, AAC®

Pastry Chef Instructor, Monroe College. New Rochelle, New York. ACF Long Island Chapter

Past Winners


Ewart Jones

Chef Good Taste Award

Ewart G. Jones, CEC®, AAC®, PhD

Executive Chef – Retired. League City, Texas. ACF Texas Chefs Association

Past Winners


Jacqueline Hamilton

Sharing Culinary Traditions Award

Jacqueline L. Hamilton, CEC®, AAC®

Senior Executive Chef – U.S. Olympic Committee. Colorado Springs, Colorado. ACF Pikes Peak Chapter, Inc.

Past Winners


Brandon Parry

Lt. General John D. McLaughlin Award

Brandon W. Parry, CEC®, AAC®

Executive Chef, Lasher Co. Las Vegas, Nevada. ACF Chefs Las Vegas

Past Winners


Jess Barbosa

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award was introduced to raise funds for the American Academy of Chefs scholarship funds, and to recognize an Academy Fellow who has shown outstanding dedication to our profession. This individual is regarded as an industry trendsetter and possesses a commitment to excellence, providing leadership, motivation, and inspiration to colleagues and the youth of the culinary industry. Past Recipients | Request a Nomination Packet

Jess Barbosa, CEC®, AAC®

ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association
Sponsored by: Michael Ty, CEC®, AAC®

Regional Chair’s Award

The Regional Chair’s Award was presented annually from 2001 through 2007 to an AAC Fellow from each region who had demonstrated high honor and whose involvement in the AAC had been recognized by their region’s AAC director. Past Winners

Service Award Pin

The AAC Service Award Pin is presented to Academy Fellows who demonstrate active participation, service and dedication to the AAC, ACF and culinary profession. An AAC Fellow must meet all criteria as defined in the application form in order to be eligible to receive the award. To request an application, please contact the Academy office at ACF’s national headquarters at (800) 624-9458. More