ACF Today, Vol. II, No. 7
April 5, 2004


 In this edition . . .

* ACF announces awards presented at 2004 Central Regional Conference
* Deadline for lodging at 2004 Southeastern Regional Conference extends to April 9
* April 30 is deadline for Educator of the Year and Achievement of Excellence nominations
* Deadline for entries in the ACF Nutritional Hot Food Challenge 2004 is April 30
* A reminder about deadlines for Pasta LaBella and cold-buffet competitions at the National Convention
* Everything you need to know to take a practical exam for certification delivered at ACF National Convention
* Popular book author seeks low-carb recipes from ACF members

Central Region Names Award Winners for 2004

ACF is proud to announce the recipients of Central Regional awards this year. They are:
Chef of the Year - Fritz Gitschner, CMC, AAC, Houston
Pastry Chef of the Year - Tariq Hanna, Detroit
Chef Professionalism Award - Patrick Mitchell, CEC, Grapevine, Texas
Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award - William "Bo" Kozak, III, CEC, AAC, Minneapolis
Student Culinarian of the Year - Matthew Matko, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Regional Chapter of the Year - ACF Minneapolis Chapter
ACF Chef & Child Foundation Little Oscar Regional Award - ACF Chefs of Milwaukee, Inc.
Student Team Champion - Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan.
Knowledge Bowl Champion - Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Mich.
ACF President's Medallions - Dan Hypse, CCC, CCE; Joseph Kraft, CEC; Gary Marquardt; and Lindy Robinson

Are You Really ACF?
Gold Plate
   * ACF Minneapolis Chapter
   * ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine
Bronze Plate
   *ACF Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter
   *ACF South Bend Chefs & Cooks Association
Certificate of Achievement
   * ACF Capital Area Professional Chefs & Cooks
   * ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana

Lodging Deadline for Southeastern Regional Conference Is April 9

The deadline to reserve lodging at the Atlanta Hilton, host hotel of the 2004 ACF Southeastern Regional Conference, April 28-May 2, is extended to Friday, April 9. To reserve lodging at the special ACF rate, call (877) 667-7210.

Deadline to Nominate 2004 Educator of the Year Is April 30

The 2004 ACF Educator of the Year Award, to be announced at the President's Grand Ball at the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., in July, recognizes a culinary educator who has enhanced the image of the professional chef and who provides leadership and guidance to others seeking careers in culinary fields.

     Nominations can be made by an ACF junior/student member, chapter or the culinary dean, chairperson or president of a culinary program.

     A nominee must be an active instructor, chairperson or dean in charge of curriculum in a culinary or pastry program during the past year. Other nominee requirements include five or more years of full-term teaching in a secondary or postsecondary program and ACF certification as an educator, executive chef or higher.

     Details on the 2004 ACF Educator of the Year Award and nomination form are found online at, or contact Tracy Smith at (800) 624-9458, x114,

ACF Seeks Nominations for 2004 Achievement of Culinary Excellence Awards

With an April 30 deadline, only a few weeks remain to submit nominees for an award that recognizes foodservice operations that exemplify a commitment to excellence.

     Categories eligible for the annual Achievement of Culinary Excellence Awards are fine and casual dining, pastry shops and bakeries, full-service outlets in culinary-training programs, multi-unit operations and restaurant-concept companies, private clubs and resorts, hotel restaurants, cruise-line outlets, and noncommercial foodservice. Awards will be presented at the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., in July; recipients will be notified in advance.

     Nominations may be made by any foodservice professional, as well as ACF chapters.

     Details on the 2004 ACF Achievement of Culinary Excellence Awards and nomination form are found online at, or contact Tracy Smith at (800) 624-9458, x114,

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,

Practical Exam and Examiner Workshops to Be Held at National Convention

Two workshops on practical exams for certification will be held Friday, July 16, at the 2004 ACF National Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla. Both will be conducted by Brad Barnes, CMC, AAC, national certification chair of ACF.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Taking a Practical Exam!
This presentation will discuss in depth the ideology behind taking a practical exam. The lecture will also include the evaluation methodology used to measure success and delve into the view from an examiner's standpoint. The primary areas of practical assessment will be discussed in detail: Food Safety and Sanitation, Mise en Place, Skills and Craftsmanship, and Taste and Presentation. An interactive Q&A period will be conducted to field questions and accept feedback. This seminar will help guide candidates toward successfully completing their desired level of practical testing, and is suggested for chefs interested in becoming an ACF practical test examiner.

Required Practical Test Examiner Training
During this workshop, chefs shall receive required training and specific information regarding practical testing for ACF professional certification. This includes specific testing requirements, evaluation standards, policies and procedures, and administrative reporting requirements. There will be an extensive question-and-answer period. Practical testing examiners must be ACF-certified at the CEC, CEPC, CCE, CMC or CMPC level and must meet the following:
     If certified as CCE - Five years of teaching experience
     If certified as CEC - Earned silver or higher medal in Category F-1, F-3, F-4, F-5, G, K, P-1 or P-2 competition or must have taken and successfully completed the CEC or CEPC practical exam.
     Certified judges and CMCs/CMPCs are automatically qualified as evaluators, but are encouraged to attend this seminar on an annual basis.
     This workshop is required for chefs interested in becoming an ACF practical-test examiner and to maintain status as an examiner (at least once per year).

Pasta LaBella and Cold Food Culinary Salon Deadlines Approaching

The following competitions at the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., in July are open to all.

ACF National Pasta Championship
Sponsored by American Italian Pasta Company
Each contestant must submit a signature pasta recipe, eight portions, using a protein from Category K as listed in the 2002 competition manual and a minimum of 1 lb. of Pasta LaBella pasta. Contestants may choose from the following plain (unflavored) pastas: Fettuccine Rigate, Spaghetti Rigate, Linguine Rigate, Carb 19 Rotini or Carb 19 Penne. Download the full rules and entry form at or contact Tracy Smith at (800) 624-9458, x114, Deadline for entries is April 30 (postmarked).

Winner: $1,500 and championship trophy
1st runner-up: $750 and a trophy
2nd runner-up: $500 and a trophy
3rd runner-up: $250 and a trophy

2004 ACF National Convention Culinary Salon

Competition is open to both professionals and students. $500 cash prize for first-place winners in each category. All entries are eligible for ACF competition medals. For more information and to register and pay online, or to pay by mail, see guidelines online or contact Tracy Smith at (800) 624-9458, x114, Applications are due at ACF headquarters by June 15, 2004.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Author Seeks Recipes

Matthew Adams, co-author of the popular book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, is producing a new low-carb cookbook featuring the favorite recipes of NASCAR drivers (Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, etc.) and chefs from around the country. Mr. Adams has asked us to participate, and if you would like to submit a recipe, please contact him directly at

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