The American Academy of Chefs 2013 American Academy of Chefs Award Recipients


William Franklin
William Franklin, CMC, AAC

AAC Chair’s Medal

William Franklin, CMC, AAC, corporate executive chef, Nestlé Professional, Centennial, Colo.; Colorado Chefs Association. The AAC Chair’s medal is given to an Academy Fellow who has demonstrated exemplary dedication and made outstanding contributions to the culinary profession, maintained the highest standards and ideals of the AAC, and worked to ensure excellence among future culinarians. Past Winners


Fawzi Ottman
Fawzi Ottman, CEC, AAC

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

Fawzi Ottman, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Odyssey Country Club, Palos Park, Ill.; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc. This award is given to an Academy Fellow who is dedicated to the AAC and the culinary profession. This active AAC and ACF member makes the advancement of both organizations a priority, and has achieved success in both business and culinary arts. Past Winners


Wolfgang Bierer
Wolfgang Bierer, CMPC, CEC, CCE, AAC

Joseph Amendola Award

Wolfgang A. Bierer, CMPC, CEC, CCE, AAC, retired; ACF Chefs of the Low Country. The Joseph Amendola Award is presented to a pastry chef or master baker who has devoted his/her career to the profession and to the mentoring of young individuals who will be future pastry chefs. Past Winners


John Kukucka
John Kukucka, AAC

Chef Good Taste Award

John Kukucka, AAC, executive chef, Essex Golf & Country Club, LaSalle, Ontario, Canada; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association. The AAC presents the Chef Good Taste Award to an Academy Fellow who has been actively involved in furthering the culinarian’s greatest achievements and upholding the traditions of classical cuisine. Past Winners


Bill Sy
Bill Sy, CEC, AAC

Sharing Culinary Traditions Award

Bill Sy, CEC, AAC, academic director, Culinary Arts and Management, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tucson, Ariz.; ACF Chefs Association of Southern Arizona Tucson. The AAC presents the Sharing Culinary Traditions Award annually to an Academy Fellow who has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the education of future culinarians. Past Winners


Mark Warren
Mark Warren, CEC, AAC

Lt. General John D. McLaughlin Award

Mark Warren, CEC, AAC, The Joint Culinary Center of Excellence STM at U.S. Army, Fort Lee, Va.; Old Dominion ACF Chapter. This award is presented annually to an individual of high honor, distinction and involvement in the culinary field. The award was established in memory of McLaughlin, who was instrumental in bringing professional recognition to the American executive chef. Past Winners


Bernard Urban
Bernard Urban, CEC, AAC, HOF

Lifetime Achievement Award

Bernard Urban, CEC, AAC, HOF, chef ambassador, Ben E. Keith Foods, Fort Worth, Texas. 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

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