The American Academy of Chefs 2018 American Academy of Chefs Award Recipients


Americo S. DiFronzo

AAC Chair’s Medal

Americo S. DiFronzo, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®

Executive Chef - Union Oyster House, Medford, Mass., ACF Epicurean Club of Boston

Past Winners


Paul J. O'Toole

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

Paul J. O'Toole, CEC®, AAC®

Executive Chef - Pittsburgh Field Club,Pittsburgh, Pa., ACF Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chefs Association

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Casey E. Shiller

Joseph Amendola Award

Casey E. Shiller, CEPC®, AAC®

Program Coordinator, Baking and Pastry Arts - St. Louis Community Forest Park, St. Louis, Mo., Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc

Past Winners


Jacques Wilson

Chef Good Taste Award

Jacques Wilson, CEC®, AAC®

Executive Chef – El Camino Hospital, Salinas, Calif., ACF Monterey Bay Chapter

Past Winners


Noralyn A. Galdiano

Sharing Culinary Traditions Award

Noralyn A. Galdiano, CEC®, AAC®

Chef – Sysco Central Florida, Inc., Orlando, Fla., ACF Central Florida Chapter

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Mark E. Webster

Lt. General John D. McLaughlin Award

Mark E. Webster, CEC®, CCE®, AAC®

Executive Chef - Hy-Vee Inc., Lees Summit, Mo., ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association

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