ACF Today, Vol. III, No. 8
April 25, 2005


 In this edition . . .

* Congratulations to ACF award winners from the Central Region!
* Chapters: Keep more funds raised from Chef & Child Foundation raffle
* ACF announces refresher courses for certification at 2005 national convention
* Seating for 34th American Academy of Chefs Induction Dinner becoming limited; reserve soon!
* Register for ACF's National Convention by May 20 for best discount; now register online
* ACF calls for entries in 2nd Annual Nutritional Hot-Food Challenge

ACF Announces 2005 Award Winners from the Central Region

Chef of the Year - Charles M. Carroll, CEC, AAC, Houston
Pastry Chef of the Year - Darrin Aoyama, CEPC, Houston
Chef Professionalism - Ernst W. Gruch, CMC, AAC, Dallas
Educator of the Year - Phillip F. Gatto, CEC, CCE, Minneapolis
Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement - Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC, Lisle, Ill.
Student Culinarian of the Year - Chris Eis, Overland Park, Kan.
Chapter of the Year - ACF Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter
ACF Chef & Child Foundation Little Oscar - ACF Minneapolis Chapter
Student Team Champions - Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Junior Culinary Team
Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl - Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Mich.
ACF President's Medallions - John E Bogacki, CEC, CCE, AAC; Clark Braun, CEC; Fawzi A. Ottman, CEC, AAC; Tina Powers, CEC, CCE
Rene Roncari Humanitarian Award - Robert Lippert, CEC, CCE, AAC, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Are You Really ACF?
Gold Plate -
* ACF Chefs of Milwaukee, Inc.
* ACF Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter
* ACF Minneapolis Chapter
* ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association
Silver Plate -
* ACF Southeastern Minnesota Culinarian Chapter
Bronze Plate -
* ACF Capitol Area Professional Chefs & Cooks Association, Lansing, Mich.

Chef & Child Foundation to Raffle PT Cruiser in San Antonio

ACF's Chef & Child Foundation announces its 2005 fund-raising raffle in which the top prize is a brand-new Chrysler PT Cruiser! Like last year in Orlando, in which a lucky winner drove home in a vintage automobile, this year one raffle-ticket holder will be announced as the winner of a 2005 model auto on Sunday, July 31, at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, site of the 2005 ACF National Convention. Winners do not need to be present to win.

ACFCCF will award a host of other prizes during the evening. ACF chapters are encouraged to order their tickets now to solicit donations of $5 each through July 1. Of all monies raised, chapters need send only the first $750 (not $1,250 as previously reported) to ACF's national headquarters, and may keep additional monies to fund chapter programs.

To order tickets to gather donations to the Chef & Child Foundation, or to order raffle tickets for personal donation, contact ACF at (800) 624-9458 or e-mail

Refresh Your Certification in San Antonio

At this year's national convention, eight-hour refresher classes that fulfill ACF requirements in nutrition, sanitation and supervisory management will be offered to attendees. Innovative sessions by the following dynamic speakers are guaranteed to be of interest to chefs.

Nutrition Refresher
July 30
Presented by Nancy Berkoff, Ed.D, RD, CCC, CCE, AAC

Sanitation Refresher
August 1
Presented by Abraham Wilson

Supervisory-Management Refresher
August 2
Presented by William Thornton, CEC, CCE

The registration fee for each refresher course is $75. Register online at or by using the conference-registration form in The National Culinary Review.

Reserve Now for Limited Seating at the American Academy of Chefs' 34th Annual Dinner

Available seating is becoming limited for the American Academy of Chefs' annual Induction Dinner on Sunday, July 31, at the Rivercenter Marriott in San Antonio during ACF's National Convention. This year's dinner, prepared by executive chef Donald M. Hoffman, CSC, and his culinary team, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Academy. Reservations, at $145 per person, are granted on a first-come, first-served basis to Academy fellows and their guests only. For more information or to reserve seating, contact Laura Howell at (800) 624-9458, x102,

Register for ACF's National Convention by May 20 for Best Discount

Now you can register for ACF's 2005 National Convention online! With the theme of "Brand Your Future," this year's convention is scheduled for July 30-Aug. 3 at the Rivercenter Marriott in San Antonio. The best discounts on full registration for all ACF members (as high as 50% off for senior members) are available through May 20.

Register now! Visit and simply complete the online form. Or, see The National Culinary Review for a published registration form.

ACF Announces 2nd Annual Nutritional Hot-Food Challenge

The 2005 ACF Nutritional Hot-Food Challenge will be held at ACF's National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on July 31. First prize in the cook-off is $2,500.

Launched last year at ACF's national convention in Orlando, this year's competition seeks entries consisting of recipes for three courses - soup, entrée and dessert - that serve four people and meet criteria based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recently released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

All recipe entries, which must be evaluated by nutrition software and incorporate the use of pork tenderloin, will be reviewed by ACF's Culinary Competition Committee and Kyle Shadix, CCC, a registered dietitian at The Art Institute of New York City. Of all entries received, four finalists will compete in a two-hour cook-off at the Rivercenter Marriott in San Antonio.

The 2005 ACF Nutritional Hot-Food Challenge is sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc., Oak Brook, Ill., and Kraft Foodservice, a division of Kraft Foods Global, Inc., Glenview, Ill. First prize in the cook-off is $2,500, with second, third and fourth prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive a trophy; all finalists are eligible for ACF medals. Deadline for entry is May 27, 2005.

Complete guidelines and criteria are located at Or, for more information, call (800) 624-9458 or e-mail

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