ACF Today, Vol. II, No. 10
May 03, 2004


 In this edition . . .

* ACF announces awards presented at 2004 Southeastern Regional Conference
* 2004 ACF Culinary Team USA appears on Food Network Saturday
* Early registration discount for 2004 ACF Convention extended
* Deadline to enter the ACF Nutritional Hot-Food Challenge at the convention is May 15
* Join ACF Culinary Team USA 2004 in Germany with an exclusive tour package
* Win a 1975 Pontiac Trans Am in CCF/Culinary Team USA raffle

Southeastern Region Names Award Winners for 2004

ACF is proud to announce the recipients of Southeastern Regional awards this year. They are:
Chef of the Year -- John Saundry, CEC, AAC, Stuart, Fla.
Pastry Chef of the Year -- Stefan Riemer, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Chef Professionalism Award -- Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, AAC, Choctaw, Miss.
Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award -- John Wright, CEC, CEPC, CCE, AAC, Jacksonville, Fla.
Student Culinarian of the Year -- Kristin Bonnell, Tallahassee, Fla.
Regional Chapter of the Year -- ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association, Inc.
ACF Chef & Child Foundation Little Oscar Regional Award -- ACF Treasure Coast Chapter
Student Team Champion -- Sullivan University, Louisville, Ky.
Knowledge Bowl Champion -- ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
ACF President's Medallions --Stephen Minton, CEC; Thomas Neville
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     Gold Plate
          * ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
          * ACF Midlands Chapter
          * ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association, Inc.
          * ACF Triad Chapter, North Carolina
     Silver Plate
          *ACF West Palm Beach County Chefs Association

"Culinary Champions," on the 2003 American Culinary Classic, to Air on Food Network May 8

"Culinary Champions," focusing on the members of ACF Culinary Team USA 2004's National Team and how they took the American Culinary Classic by storm last May in Chicago during the National Restaurant Association Show, will air as a special on Food Network on May 8 at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, 10 p.m. MT and 9 p.m. PT. (The special will repeat four hours later in each time zone.) Watch how America's culinary team overcame sleepless nights and long hot days in the kitchen to be named the world's Culinary Champions against 10 other international teams. Refer to cable-TV listings to find Food Network in your area.

Early Registration Discount for 2004 ACF National Convention Extended to May 21

The deadline to register for the greatest discount to attend the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., July 16-20, has been extended to May 21. For active members, full registration is only $460; after May 21, the fee increases to $535 (until June 15). Student members pay only $360 through May 21 ($405 after, until June 15). To register by mail or fax, refer to the form in The National Culinary Review or register online at

Deadline for Hot-Food Nutritional Challenge Extended to May 15

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 on Sunday, July 18. Four finalists will prepare four-course meals adhering to nutrition guidelines in an ACF contemporary-format competition. The winner, to be announced at a special ceremony on Tuesday, July 20, 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.
     Deadline for entry (including nutrition analyses of dishes) has been extended to May 15. For complete entry guidelines, nutrition criteria and mandatory product lists, visit or contact Tracy Smith at (800) 624-9458, x114, or

Event to Benefit Chef & Child and Culinary Team USA at ACF National Convention Will Give Away a 1975 Pontiac Trans Am

In honor of ACF's 75th Anniversary, a 1975 Pontiac Trans Am in mint condition will go to one fortunate winner in a raffle to benefit the ACF Chef & Child Foundation and ACF Culinary Team USA 2004, to take place at SeaWorld Adventure Park during the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., on July 19. Ticket holders have the opportunity to win one of the vacation packages, as well as other prizes. You do not need to be present to win.
     Chapters that sell raffle tickets, at $5 each, are required to submit to ACF only the first $750 raised. Monies in excess of $750 stay with the chapter to fund its programs. Deadline for chapters to submit monies to ACF's national office is June 30. After that date, only individual tickets will be sold, and only on-site at the convention in Orlando prior to the drawing on July 19. If you are not attending the convention, purchase raffle tickets from your chapter until June 30.
     Chapters that wish to take advantage of this fund-raiser to support CCF and Culinary Team USA should contact Beverly Stuart at (800) 624-9458, x108, or e-mail

Support ACF Culinary Team USA 2004 in Germany in October

Join ACF in Erfurt, Germany, October 14-22, 2004, to support ACF Culinary Team USA as it competes for the gold in the most-prestigious culinary competition in the world--the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung International Culinary Art Competition--while enjoying substantial savings on airfare, transportation and lodging.

Included in package . . .
*   Airfare from New York/JFK on Delta Air Lines to Frankfurt
*   Round-trip transportation from Frankfurt to Erfurt
*   7 nights at the Victor's Residenz Hotel Erfurt
*   Breakfast daily
*   Transportation from the hotel to exhibition hall
*   Pass to competition (includes transportation pass to Erfurt-area sites of interest)
*   Half-day city tour of Erfurt and Weimer
*   Team USA knit polo shirt

Total: $1575 per person, double occupancy (Subject to change without notice due to fluctuation of the Euro/exchange rate)
* Special add-on airfares from home town are additional
* A deposit of $700 per person is due May 15, 2004. Final payment is due August 1, 2004
     For more details, contact Debbie Kelder, travel-services manager at (800) 624-9458, x107, or e-mail

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