The American Academy of Chefs AAC Board and Committees

Stafford DeCambra

American Academy of Chefs Chair

Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
1834 Longleaf Ridge
Atmore, AL 36502-3432
(337) 522-6561


Mark Wright

American Academy of Chefs National Vice Chair

Mark Wright, CEC, AAC
Department Chair
Hospitality Management Erie Community College
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 270-5256


Ambassador

John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT

Chair Past Chair Council

Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF

Chair Honorary Board of Trustees

Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT

Chair Emeritus Culinary Hall of Fame

Jon Greenwalt, CEC, AAC, HOF

Chair Culinary Hall of Fame

Harry Hoffstadt, CEC, AAC, HOF

Honorary Board of Trustees

Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT, Chair
James Chamberlain, HAAC, HBOT
Fred Dame, M.S., HAAC, HBOT
James Doherty, HAAC, HBOT
Dr. Steven Gerkin, HBOT
Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, HGT, AAC, HBOT
Ferdinand Metz, CMC, WGMC, AAC, HOF, HBOT
John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
Jim Singerling, HAAC, HBOT

Past Chair Council

Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF, Chair
Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC
John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
Bert P. Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT
Jon Greenwalt, CEC, AAC, HOF

Regional Academy Directors

Central Region
Joe Aiello, CEC, AAC (847) 678-9600
John Bogacki, CEC, CCE, AAC (314) 432-2311
Bernard Urban, CEC, AAC (936) 441-7794
Northeast Region
David Leo Banks, CEC, AAC (302) 475-3000
Curtis H. Eargle, CEC, AAC (410) 727-2323
Americo “Rico” DiFronzo, CEC, AAC (617) 512-3063
Southeast Region
Michael Bologna, CEC, CCE, AAC (770) 509-6329
Kimberly Brock-Brown, CEPC, AAC (843) 847-4359
Derek Spendlove, CEPC, CCE, AAC (502) 413-8683
Western Region
Joe Eidem, CEC, AAC (775) 825-7291
John R. Fisher, CEC, CCE, AAC (425) 235-2352, ext. 5708
Garry Waldie, CEC, CCE, CEPC, AAC (623) 551-2841
Military Regional Director
Rene Marquis, CEC, CCE, PCEC, AAC (804) 605-2266

Committee Chairs

Professional Alliances Committee
Guy Lott, HAAC

Public Relations and Marketing
Deborah Bando-Duit, CEC, AAC

Education Committee
John R. Fisher, CEC, CCE, AAC

Scholarship Committee
Rajeev Patgaonkar, CEC, AAC

Fellowship Committee
Paul O’Toole, CEC, AAC

Professional Liaisons
John Kaufmann, CEC, AAC

Nominations and Elections Committee and Special Projects
Frank Leake, CCC, CCE, AAC

Sergeant-At-Arms
Dan D’Angelo, CEC, AAC
John Kartje, CEC, AAC

Lifetime Achievement Committee
Dale Miller, CMC, WGMC, AAC
Jim Rhoads, CEC, AAC

Culinary Advisor
Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC

Hall of Fame Committee

Harry Hoffstadt, CEC, AAC, HOF, Chair
Jon Greenwalt, CEC, AAC, HOF, Chair Emeritus
Bernard Urban, CEC, AAC, HOF
Anthony Graffeo, CEC, AAC, HOF
John Minniti, CEC, AAC, HOF
Louis Perrotte, CEC, AAC, HOF - Alternate
Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT - Past Chair Advisor

Past American Academy of Chefs Officers
2007–2011 National Chair - Thomas J. Macrina, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  National Vice Chair - Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
2003–2007 Chair - John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Vice Chair - Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, HBOT
1999–2003 Chair - Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF
  National Vice Chair - John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
1997–1999 Chairman - Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Secretary/Treasurer - Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF
1996–1997 Chairman - Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Secretary/Treasurer - Joseph Amendola, CEPC, CCE, AAC, HOF
1995–1996 Chairman - Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Secretary/Treasurer - Dieter Preiser, CEC, AAC
1993–1995 Chairman - Richard Bosnjak, CEC, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Hartmut Handke, CMC, AAC
1989–1993 Chairman - Lawrence Conti, CEC, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Harry Hoffstadt, CEC, AAC, HOF
1985–1989 Chairman - Jon Greenwalt, CEC, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Lawrence Conti, CEC, AAC, HOF
1981–1985 Chairman - Rene Roncari, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Jon Greenwalt, CEC, AAC, HOF
1977–1981 Chairman - U. Max Behr, CEC, AAC, HOF
1971–1977 Chairman - Anthony Bartolotta, AAC, HHOF
1965–1971 Chairman - Paul Laesecke, AAC, HOF
1960–1965 Chairman - Walter Wingberg, AAC
1954–1959  Chairman - Peter Berrini, AAC, HOF