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Cook. Craft. Create. Announces 2016 Keynote Speakers

Graham Elliot

Chef Graham Elliot, acclaimed chef and restaurateur, traveled the world and all 50 states as a “Navy brat,” opening his eyes and palate to global flavors. Elliot was the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city.

Walter Staib

Chef Walter Staib is an author, Emmy Award-winning TV host, James-Beard nominated chef and culinary historian. He is the driving force behind Philadelphia’s City Tavern, a faithful recreation of an original 18th century tavern and will talk about when farm to table was not just a culinary trend, but a necessity for survival.

Learn more about our keynote speakers and register for Cook. Craft. Create.

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Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, July 15–19, 2016. Phoenix’s bold nature shines through with unique cultural eats, breathtaking sunsets against rugged mountains and a gateway to the Grand Canyon. Visit Arizona’s urban heart for educational and engagement opportunities that will build off the ChefConnect: series and provide a revitalizing experience for members, foodservice professionals, students and competitors. Whether you are a seasoned chef or a student new to the kitchen, Cook. Craft. Create. offers something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get ready for this amazing convention in Phoenix! Convention Info

In The News

Ethics and Internal Audit Committee Elections

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the Ethics and Internal Audit Committees from the Central and Western regions:

  • Kevin Enright, CEC, CCE, AAC - Central Region Ethics Committee
  • Jeffrey Bricker, CEC, CCE, AAC - Central Region Internal Audit Committee
  • Frank Leake, CCC, CCE, AAC - West Region Ethics Committee
  • Kent Anderson, CEC, CCA - West Region Internal Audit Committee

They have been elected to a two-year term starting after the National Convention in Phoenix.

ACF Certifications Re-accredited

ACF is thrilled to announce that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has re-accredited our Certified Executive Chef®, Certified Sous Chef® and Certified Executive Pastry Chef® certifications for the next five years, joining the recently re-accredited Certified Culinary Educator® certification. Accreditation from NCCA provides impartial, third-party validation that our programs have met recognized national and international credentialing industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs.

Ethics and Internal Audit Committee Elections

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the Ethics and Internal Audit Committees from the Northeast and Southeast regions:

  • James F. Connolly, CEC, CCA, AAC - Northeast Region Ethics Committee
  • Paul O’Toole, CEC, AAC - Northeast Region Internal Audit Committee
  • Kimberly Brock-Brown, CEPC, CCA, AAC - Southeast Region Ethics Committee
  • Denny Trantham, CEC, CCA, MBA - Southeast Region Internal Audit Committee

They have been elected to a two-year term starting after the National Convention in Phoenix.

Lead ACF Culinary Team USA 2020 to Gold: Apply to Become the Next Team Manager

The team manager provides leadership and oversight for the national, regional, and youth team, and includes coordination of tryouts and practices, the planning and adhering to a budget, and fostering relationships with mutually beneficial partners. The highest level of culinary professionalism will be demonstrated and maintained. All completed PDF application packages must be received by July 1, 2016, and emailed to ACFCulinaryTeamUSA@acfchefs.net

ACF e-Store

Remember to stock up on ACF merchandise and apparel before convention season! Purchase items through ACF’s newly updated e-Store, which went live online in February. Be sure to check out the newly added Clearance section!

2016 Regional Jeunes Commis Competition

All individuals 27 years of age or younger are eligible to compete in the Word Document Chaîne des Rôtisseurs competitions. All ten regional winners will receive an all expense trip paid to the national finals which will be held in Sarasota, Florida, June 9–12, as well as a one year membership to the Chaîne. The highest score of the ten regional finalists determines the winner of the National Competition. This individual will receive an all expense paid trip to represent the United States in Manchester, England, at the World Finals in September as well as a five year membership to the Chaîne. The representative must be 27 or younger at the time of competition in September. New this year is a National Pastry competition, which will be held in Sarasota, Florida. There is no age limit to compete.