ACF Today, Vol. 1, No. 4
December 23, 2003


Your ACF national and regional officers
and national-office staff
wish you the happiest of holiday seasons
and a success-filled new year!


 In this edition . . . 

  • Holiday hours of operation for the national office
  • ACF announces 2004 Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award candidates
  • ACF members receive discounted admission to Kosher World Conference & Expo

ACF Hours of Operation, Holiday 2003
To celebrate the 2003 holiday season, ACF's national office will be closed on the following days:

  • Thursday, Dec. 25
  • Friday, Dec. 26
  • Thursday, Jan. 1
  • Friday, Jan. 2

On Wednesday, Dec. 24, the national office will operate from 8 a.m. to noon Eastern Time. ACF's toll-free telephone answering service, (800) 624-9458, is available 24 hours a day during holiday closings. Also, visit us online at, where information on ACF programs and events is only a mouse-click away!

ACF Announces Candidates for 2004 Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award
ACF is proud to announce the candidates for the 2004 award that honors chefs who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to both ACF and the culinary profession throughout their careers. Such chefs, through their involvement with and contributions to ACF and our craft, have advanced the culinary profession and ensured the enrichment of students, our members and those in our profession. Any one of these candidates is worthy to carry on the proud tradition of the chef for whom this award was named in 1993, Hermann G. Rusch, AAC (1907-1997). Four recipients of the award - one representing each region of ACF - will vie for the national award to be presented at ACF's 2004 National Convention in Orlando, Fla., next July.

Now is the time to vote for the chef who will represent your region. Any chapter in good standing that has not already voted on its candidate of choice (each chapter has one vote) is encouraged to vote at its January meeting and submit that vote in the self-addressed envelope that was mailed to the chapter in mid-December. (Postage is required.) Deadline for receipt of votes at ACF's national office is end of business on Friday, Feb. 6, 2004. For more information, contact Tracy Smith at (800) 624-9458, x114, or

2004 Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award Candidates

Western Region

John Fisher, CEC, CCE, AAC
Federal Way, Wash.

Richard Morgan, CEC, AAC
Pasadena, Calif.

Northeastern Region

Anthony Graffeo, CEC, AAC
Saugus, Mass.

Enzo Gronda, CEC, AAC
East Hartford, Conn.

Stanley "Doc" Jensen, CEC, CCE, AAC
Holtsville, N.Y.

Central Region

Harry Hoffstadt, CEC, AAC
Niles, Ill.

William "Bo" Kozak, III, CEC, AAC

Robert Lippert, CEC, CCE, AAC
Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Johannes "Jan" Verdonkschot, CEC, AAC
Chesterfield, Mo.

Southeastern Region

John Piskor, CEC, AAC
Chamblee, Ga.

John Wright, CEPC, CEC, CCE, AAC
Jacksonville, Fla.

Chefs Offered ACF-Approved Training for Non-Dairy, Non-Meat and Ethnic Diets
Diners demand high-quality options for a variety of lifestyles. If you are interested in preparing foods for non-dairy, non-meat and certain ethnic groups, you might benefit from kosher. Only 20% to 30% of kosher foods are consumed by Jewish people - the rest is by sets within the mainstream including vegetarians, the 20% of Americans who are lactose intolerant, and Muslims.

Kosher World Conference & Expo, an international trade show for expanding kosher markets, will have its inaugural event January 27-29, 2004, at the Los Angeles (Calif.) Convention Center.

Kosher World's conference track offers chefs ACF-approved continuing-education sessions such as "Kosher 101," "Benefits and applications of kosher," and "Preparation and delivery." The conference, to be held the first two days of the expo, will focus on the needs, innovations, standards, market challenges and strategies of the kosher marketplace. Kosher World Conference & Expo will showcase not only through exhibits, but awards programs, pavilions and a world-class conference covering the possibilities in specialty food markets. Full description at

ACF members may register for continuing-education programming for only $25 (regularly $80). For more information, visit and use the "coupon code" of ACF to get the discount. You can also call (800) 895-3494 today!

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