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Chefpertise Guide

The American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Chefpertise Guide is a resource for the media and communities across the country seeking expert chefs to host cooking demonstrations, offer their expert opinion on the latest culinary trends, provide delicious recipes for readers and to answer listeners’ cooking questions.

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Who’s in the Guide?

ACF-member chefs who have five years or more experience in an area(s) of expertise and hold a position of sous chef or higher are included in the Chefpertise Guide. Chefs will be added to the guide regularly, so be sure to check back frequently.

Chefs, Apply to be Featured

From international cuisine and savory desserts to gluten-free cooking and culinary competitions, what’s your area of culinary expertise? All ACF chefs in good standing who have five years or more experience in an area or areas of expertise and hold a position of sous chef or higher are invited to apply for the Chefpertise Guide. PDF Download the application (1.75 MB) and contact ACF with any questions.

Sample of Expert Chefs

Here is a sample of chefs featured in the guide.

Jeffrey N Brown, CEC, CCE

Jeffrey N Brown, CEC, CCE

Associate Professor, California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Pomona, CA
ACF Southern California Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association

Areas of expertise: Culinary education, Fusion cuisine

Industry experience: •Has more than 35 years of experience in foodservice industry; has worked as a culinary-arts professor for more than 25 years •Is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y.; holds bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant management from Webber College, Babson Park, Fla.; Master of Arts in higher education administration from West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.; and doctorate in education in curriculum theory from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga. •Was named the American Culinary Federation’s 2010 Chef Educator of the Year

Media experience: •Writes monthly food column in local newspaper •Regular public speaker for televised cooking demonstration events •Has written more than 10 articles on cuisine, culinary-arts education and postmodernism

Interesting fact: •First became interested in a career as a chef after earning the cooking merit badge as an Eagle Scout •Worked as the personal chef to King Hussein of Jordan and the royal family •Member of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club

To request an interview with Chef Jeffrey N Brown, CEC, CCE, please visit our media inquiries page. Your request will be handled promptly.

Natasha L. Capper, CEPC

Natasha L. Capper, CEPC

Executive Pastry Chef, Piedmont Driving Club
Atlanta, GA
American Culinary Federation (ACF) - Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc.

Areas of expertise: Chocolate, Pastry arts, Sugar pulling

Industry experience: • Holds bachelor’s degree in foodservice management from Johnson & Wales University, Charleston, S.C. • Has worked at the historic Piedmont Driving Club, Atlanta, for 13 years • Previously held pastry positions at prestigious companie including The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, N.C., Renaissance Hotels and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. • Is an avid competitor who has competed twice at the National Pastry Championship, won best showpiece at the National Bread and Pastry Team Championship, was named 2007 ACF Southeast Region Pastry Chef of the Year and earned the award for best sugar showpiece with teammate Heather Hurlbert at the 2011 National Showpiece Championship

Media experience: • Served as assistant on two “Food Network Challenge” episodes • Hosts chocolate-related demonstrations for Barry Callebaut • Has been featured as pastry source in numerous publications

Interesting fact: • Was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the U.S. with her family in 1982 • Is an accomplished orator

To request an interview with Chef Natasha L. Capper, CEPC, please visit our media inquiries page. Your request will be handled promptly.

Zachery Zost, CEC

Zachery Zost, CEC

Chef-Instructor, Baker College Culinary Institute of Michigan
Muskegon, MI
ACF West Michigan Lakeshore Chapter

Areas of expertise: Farm-to-table, Locally sourced meats, Sustainability

Industry experience: •Has more than 17 years of foodservice experience •Graduated from Baker College’s culinary arts program with honors •Owner/operator of Pastured Pork Farms •Specializes in running a restaurant, menu planning and development, raising pigs naturally and sustainable agricultural practices •Teaches menu planning and analysis and purchasing and cost control classes at Baker College's Culinary Institute of Michigan

Media experience: •Writes the blog www.pasturedporkfarms.com •Has done public presentations of pastured pork products

Interesting fact: •Is passionate about teaching and his farm.

To request an interview with Chef Zachery Zost, CEC, please visit our media inquiries page. Your request will be handled promptly.

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