ACF Today, Vol. II, No. 19
July 23, 2004


 In this edition . . .


More than 1,200 people attended the 2004 national convention of the American Culinary Federation, July 16-20 in Orlando, Fla. - and one lucky winner took home a 1975 Pontiac Trans Am in a raffle. Following is a list of honorees who received awards and recognitions this year. We ask your forgiveness if we've neglected to include someone whom you know to have received a distinction in Orlando; please e-mail Brent T. Frei at so that we may follow up in the next edition of ACF Today.

The U.S.A.'s Chef of the Year™
J. Daniel Knerr, CEC, AAC, The Black Pearl, Newport, R.I.

Pastry Chef of the Year
Thomas Vaccaro, CEPC, Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City

Chef Professionalism Award
Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, AAC, Pearl River Resorts, Choctaw, Miss.

Student Culinarian of the Year
Mary Rose Lokar, Brasa, Seattle

Educator of the Year
George O'Palenick, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I.

Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award
Stanley "Doc" Jensen, CEC, CCE, AAC, HOF, ACF Eastern Long Island Chefs Chapter

Chapter of the Year
ACF Minneapolis Chapter

Student Team National Championship
Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I.

ACF Nutritional Hot-Food Challenge
Daryl L. Shular, CCC, The Art Institute of Atlanta

ACF National Pasta Championship
Frederik Lucardie, CEC, AAC, University Village, Tampa

Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl
ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter, Inc.

Chefs Culinary Knowledge Bowl
Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America

Leadership Award
Gustavo Mendez-Graciano, FMP, ACF Latino Chapter

President's Award
Mark Wright, CEC, AAC, national treasurer

President's Medallions
Doug G. Allen, CEC
Brad Barnes, CMC, CCA, AAC
Michael Bologna, CEC, CCE, AAC
Peter Economos
Ernst Gruch, CMC, AAC
Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC
Mark Kent, CEC
Mark Moyel, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
Aidan Murphy, CEC
Pam O'Donald
James Scullion, CEC, CCE
Bill Tillinghast, CEC, AAC

President's Medallions to Members and Coaches of ACF Culinary Team USA 2004
Joachim Buchner, CMC
James Decker, CEC
Thomas Macrina, CEC, AAC
Patricia Nash
Richard Rosendale, CC
Daniel Scannell, CMC
Russell Scott, CMC
Thomas Vaccaro, CEPC

Pin Presentations to Diamond Sponsors
Custom Food Products, Inc.
Minor's/Nestlé FoodServices
R.L. Schreiber, Inc.

Achievement of Excellence Awards
Andre's French Restaurant, Las Vegas, Nev.
Apple Pie Bakery/Café at The Culinary Institute of America Sponsored by Rich Products Corp., Hyde Park, N.Y.
The Bakery at Sullivan University, Louisville, Ky.
The Balsams Grand Resort, Dixville Notch, N.H.
Cherokee Town & Country Club, Atlanta
Detroit Athletic Club
Four Seasons Palm Beach
House of Yoshida, Bethel, Conn.
M, Columbus, Ohio
Mama Della's Ristorante, Orlando, Fla.
Metro Bis, Simsbury, Conn.
Nikolai's Roof, Atlanta
The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Minneapolis
Osia, London, England
Portobello Yacht Club, Orlando, Fla.
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Miami
Union League Club, Chicago

American Academy of Chefs Honorary Memberships
Fred Dame
James Doherty
Peter Economos
Norbert Schmidiger

American Academy of Chefs Hall of Fame Inductees
Jack Braun, CEC (posthumous)
Paul Pantano, CEC, CCE
Johannes Verdonkschot, CEC
Martin Yan (honorary)

American Academy of Chefs Chair's Medal
Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC

American Academy of Chefs Regional Vice Chairs' Awards
Joe Eidem, CEC
Hiroshi Noguchi, CEC
David Russell, CEC
John Schlaner, CCE

American Academy of Chefs Good Taste Awards
Stephen Afflixio, CEC
Jess Barbosa
Gazpard Caloz
Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE
Elizabeth Mikesell, CEC

American Academy of Chefs Sharing Culinary Traditions Award
Mark Wright, CEC

American Academy of Chefs Lt. General John D. McLaughlin Award
James Taylor, CEC

Winner of the 1975 Pontiac Trans Am in the ACFCCF/Culinary Team USA Raffle
Billy J. Redd, Jr., CEC, ACF Bay Culinarians

Note: Chef & Child Foundation awards and recognitions will appear in the next edition of ACF Today.

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