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Cook. Craft. Create. Fruit Carving Workshop

Roll up your sleeves and get in the kitchen to learn new skills. Each workshop takes place on July 15 in the morning and repeats in the afternoon so you have two chances to pick your favorites. Each workshop requires a separate registration and fee; register online or call ACF Events at (800) 624-9458, ext. 506, to add a workshop to your existing registration.

Patrick Michael O'Brien

Featured Hands-On Workshop: Fruit Carving

Patrick Michael O’Brien, aka The Fruit Carving Ninja, returns to Cook. Craft. Create. with his popular workshop on produce carving. You’ll learn basic melon carving and small decoration techniques along with a few advanced techniques. Knives will be provided, but feel free to bring any personal tools or knives.

Learn more about our hands-on workshops and register for Cook. Craft. Create.

Culinary Resources

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