ACF Today, Vol. II, No. 23
October 8, 2004


 In this edition . . .

* Countdown for Culinary Team USA in Germany is NOW!
* ACF embraces newest chapters
* Nominate candidates for top culinarian awards by Oct. 29
* Northeastern Region invites all to its Educational Forum
* Deadline to nominate national ACF officers is Dec. 31

ACF Culinary Team USA Competes for Global Title Next Week

Send your e-mails of support to Team members

The time is finally here. Years of grueling practice have come to a head as chefs representing the United States and the American Culinary Federation travel to Erfurt, Germany, for the 21st Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA), also known as the Olympiad der Küche, most commonly referred to as the "Culinary Olympics." The IKA will take place as part of the inuga trade fair.
     Captain Edward G. Leonard, CMC, AAC, says the national U.S. cooking team has a real chance to win the IKA against 31 other nations. "Deep in my heart, I believe it is time for the United States," he says. "Our goal is to win, in a humble way, our focus is to win, and in our hearts and souls, we have a passion to win."
     The IKA consists of two parts - hot food and cold food - plus a separate competition for participating national pastry teams. From October 17 through the 20th, 32 national teams competing in hot food will prepare their menus in glassed-in kitchens, closely watched by the international jury. The jury will assess technical skills, creative recipes, artful presentation and taste. Enthusiastic visitors will crowd the "Nations' Restaurant," where the competition menus will be served beginning at noon.
     Imagination and perfection go hand in hand in the cold-platters division. A wealth of overwhelming presentations greets spectators. The national, regional, youth and military-cook teams, plus numerous individual competitors, will vie for medals in this competition after working all night in their kitchens preparing appetizers, main courses, complete menus, desserts, chocolates, cookies, pies and cakes for display in the exhibition hall early in the morning.
     The world will know soon enough which countries have earned gold from the IKA. Following lists when the five teams representing the United States compete in the Nations' Restaurant (hot food) and cold-platters division, as well as the pastry competition.

Sunday, Oct. 17
U.S. Pastry Team presentation

Monday, Oct. 18
U.S. National Team cold
U.S. Youth Team cold

Tuesday, Oct. 19
ACF Regional Team cold
U.S. Pastry Team practical
U.S. Army Team hot

Wednesday, Oct. 20
U.S. National Team hot
U.S. Youth Team hot
U.S. Army Team cold

More than 50 Americans will represent the United States in Germany as competitors or as aids to the competitors, including apprentices, coaches and advisers. ACF encourages its members to support U.S. competitors with letters of support via e-mail. To cheer on U.S. teams in their role as ambassadors of American chefs to the world, click here.

For daily updates on the success of the five teams making up ACF Culinary Team USA in Germany, visit beginning October 17.

New ACF Chapters Bring Total to 239

Congratulations and welcome to the following new chapters of the American Culinary Federation!

* ACF Chefs & Culinarians of San Diego
* The ACF Greater Yellowstone Chapter, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
* ACF Chapter of South Texas, San Antonio

The addition of the above three chapters brings total chapters of ACF to 239, plus 16 sub-chapters of the Texas Chefs Association.

Deadline for Many 2005 National Awards Is Oct. 29

The deadline is fast approaching to nominate someone or be nominated for most of ACF's top national awards in 2005, among them, Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Chef Professionalism, Student Culinarian of the Year and Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement. Even the Educator of the Year Award, which traditionally maintained a later deadline, will close earlier to accommodate a new competition that will determine the award-winner at ACF's 2005 National Convention in San Antonio, July 30-August 3. Deadline to receive completed forms for all the above awards is October 29.

The heat is on to nominate the best candidates before the deadline! All applications and awards criteria are conveniently located for review and download at

Criteria and a nomination form for the 2005 Achievement of Excellence Awards, with a deadline of February 28, 2005, are also online.

For additional information on any of ACF's national awards, contact Tracy Smith at (800) 624-9458, x114, or e-mail

Northeast Regional Educational Forum Scheduled Nov. 6-7

James Taylor, CEC, AAC, Northeastern Region vice president, invites and encourages all ACF members to attend the 2004 Northeast Regional Educational Forum.

WHEN: Saturday morning, Nov. 6, 2004, through Sunday afternoon, Nov. 7

WHERE: Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
One Liberty Boulevard
Malvern, PA 19355
(610) 296-9800 or (800) 575-1776
(Visit for directions.)

REGISTRATION: $120, includes all meals, breaks and educational sessions

LODGING: $89/night single or double occupancy, guaranteed until Oct. 15. Call (800) 575-1776 and mention the American Culinary Federation to receive this special rate.

Checks should be made payable to ACF Philadelphia and mailed to:

Educational Forum 2004
204 Whistling Swan Lane
Downingtown, PA 19355-4507
(610) 249-2131

Dec. 31 Is Deadline to Nominate Chefs for National ACF Office

The American Culinary Federation seeks nominations for all offices on its national board of directors, plus the office of vice-chair of the American Academy of Chefs (which is not part of the board). Nominations for all offices of the American Culinary Federation are open until December 31, 2004. Terms for ACF national office are four years, from mid-2005 to mid-2009. Terms for American Academy of Chefs offices are two years, from mid-2005 to mid-2007. ACF's board of directors will be seated at the 2005 ACF National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, July 30-Aug. 3.

Seats for ACF national office are:
* President
* Vice President, Central Region
* Vice President, Northeastern Region
* Vice President, Southeastern Region
* Vice President, Western Region
* Secretary
* Treasurer
     Any ACF member in good standing may nominate one or more ACF members in good standing for one or more of the above seats.

Seats for Academy national office are:
* Chairman
* Vice-chairman (no vote on board of directors)
     Any Academy member in good standing may nominate one or more Academy members in good standing for one or both of the above seats.

Nominations must be in writing, and must be sent via U.S. mail or express service. Nominations postmarked later than December 31, 2004, will not be considered.

Written nominations must be mailed to:
Frederik J. Lucardie, CEC, AAC
3603 South MacDill Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629-8907

For more information, contact Deborah Moore at (800) 624-9458, x106,

©2007 American Culinary Federation

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