ACF Today, Vol. II, No. 6
March 22, 2004


 In this edition . . .

* ACF announces awards presented at 2004 Northeastern Regional Conference
* Deadline for discounted registration for 2004 Southeastern Regional Conference extended to April 5
* Call for entries in the ACF Nutritional Hot Food Challenge 2004 at the National Convention
* Invitations mailed for 33rd-Annual American Academy of Chefs Dinner and Induction Ceremony
* NCR seeks subjects who can speak to anger management for future feature article
* Join ACF in the Orient in May

Northeast Names Award Winners for 2004

ACF is proud to announce the recipients of Northeastern Regional awards this year. They are:
Chef of the Year - J. Daniel Knerr, CEC, AAC, Newport, R.I.
Pastry Chef of the Year - Thomas Vaccaro, CEPC, Atlantic City, N.J.
Chef Professionalism Award - Joachim Buchner, CMC, Chevy Chase, Md.
Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award - Stanley "Doc" Jensen, CEC, CCE, AAC, HOF, Holtsville, N.Y.
Student Culinarian of the Year - Joshua Horne, Hyde Park, N.Y.
Regional Chapter of the Year - ACF Chesapeake Chefs Association ACF Inc.
ACF Chef & Child Foundation Little Oscar Regional Award - ACF Northern New Jersey Chapter
Student Team Champions - Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I.
Knowledge Bowl - Pennsylvania Culinary Institute
ACF President's Medallions - David L. Banks, CEC, AAC; Stephen A. Bello, CEC, AAC; Karl Guggenmos, AAC; Don F. Mastroni; and Michele K. Stalnaker, CEC

Are You Really ACF?

Gold Plate
* ACF Jersey Shore Chefs Association
* ACF Northern New Jersey Chapter
* ACF Epicurean Club of Boston
* ACF Professional Chefs of Northeast Pennsylvania
* Chesapeake Chefs Association ACF Inc
* ACF Columbus Chapter
* ACF Philadelphia DVCA Chapter

Silver Plate
*ACF Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
*Mid Hudson Culinary Association

Discounted Registration Deadline for Southeastern Regional Conference Extended to April 5

"A Southern Exposure: The Cuisine and Lifestyles of the South" is the theme of the 2004 ACF Southeastern Regional Conference, April 28-May 2 at The Atlanta (Ga.) Hilton. Now through April 5 (postmarked), registration is $325 for active members ($375 after) and $200 for senior members ($225 after).

The Southeastern Regional Conference provides registration options for student members of ACF. The full conference package, at $275 through April 5 ($300 after), includes the welcome reception, two breakfasts, Chef Professionalism Awards luncheon, regional awards reception and dinner, and farewell brunch.

An abbreviated registration package for students is $200 through April 5 ($225 after), and includes the welcome reception, Chef Professionalism Awards luncheon, continental breakfast and farewell brunch.

For more information, visit, call (312) 663-5701, or e-mail

ACF Announces Nutritional Hot Food Challenge 2004 at Convention in Orlando

The ACF Nutritional Hot Food Challenge 2004, sponsored by Custom Food Products, Inc., and J.R. Simplot, Inc., will take place at the Orlando World Center Marriott during the 2004 ACF National Convention. Four finalists will prepare four-course meals adhering to nutrition guidelines in an ACF contemporary-format competition. The winner will receive $2,500; the runner-up will receive $1,500; the second runner-up will receive $1,000; and the third runner-up will receive $500. All participants are eligible to win ACF medals.

     [Note: After 10 successful years of sponsoring the Soup & Sauce Championship at the ACF National Convention, Custom Foods acknowledges the burgeoning interest in healthful dining among Americans. The company has chosen, in 2004, to promote greater healthful-cooking awareness through the ACF Nutritional Hot Food Challenge.]

     Deadline for entry (including nutrition analyses of dishes) is April 30. For complete entry guidelines, nutrition criteria and mandatory product lists, visit or contact Tracy Smith at (800) 624-9458, x114, or

Reserve Now for the American Academy of Chefs' 33rd-Annual Dinner and 2004 Induction Ceremony

Academy of Chefs members are encouraged to reserve seating now for the 33rd Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremony at the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., as space is limited.

WHEN: Saturday, July 17, 2004, 6:30pm-11pm
WHERE: Caribe Royale Resort and Hotel, Orlando, Fla. (Transportation will be provided from the convention host hotel, the Orlando World Center Marriott)
PRICE: $135.00 per person

     Dress is black-tie. Formal invitations have been mailed to American Academy of Chefs members. For more information or to reserve seating, contact Barbera Stockton at (800) 624-9458 or e-mail

Do You React Too Quickly with Anger? Tell NCR

The National Culinary Review seeks chefs who admit they tend to react too strongly to kitchen stresses, and how they manage that anger . . . or if they don't. We also seek those who work for such managers, and how they deal with a hot-headed chef. Interview subjects may remain anonymous, although NCR encourages foodservice personnel to come forth and share their experiences. NCR is particularly interested in speaking to chefs who used to react first and ask questions later, but sought professional help in becoming better nurturers of their staffs. If you're interested in sharing your story, e-mail Kay Orde, editor-in-chief, at, so that she may pass along your contact info to the journalist developing the feature.

Join ACF in the Orient

Sample a taste of Asia with ACF, May 24-June 3, by visiting Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. Led by ACF's ambassador, L. Edwin Brown, HAAC. For more information, contact Debbie Kelder, CTA, ACF's travel-services manager, at (800) 624-9458, ext. 107, or e-mail

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