ACF Today, Vol. III, No. 9
May 10, 2005


 In this edition . . .

* Deadline for best convention discount is next week!
* Visit ACF at the upcoming NRA Show
* Board of Governors meeting changed to accommodate chefs' schedules
* ACF announces special student programming at convention
* Chefs: Enter the Chefs Knowledge Bowl in San Antonio
* Chapters: Keep more funds raised from Chef & Child Foundation raffle
* ACF offers refresher courses for certification at 2005 national convention
* ACF calls for entries in 2nd Annual Nutritional Hot-Food Challenge

Deadline for Best Discount to Register for ACF's National Convention Is May 20
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 Friday, May 20.

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

ACF to Exhibit at NRA Show, May 21-24
Visit ACF at the 86th National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, booth #2293 in the South Hall on the upper level. (This is a different booth location from previous years.) Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Pick up member-recruitment and education information, or simply drop by to say hello to staff. We look forward to seeing you then!

Annual Board of Governors Meeting Rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 1, in San Antonio
In response to the request of many chapter presidents, ACF will reschedule the 2005 Board of Governors meeting for Monday, Aug. 1, from 8 to 11 a.m., at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio. Delegates' credentialing will be processed immediately prior to the meeting, from 7 to 8 a.m. There will be no activities requiring delegates' time on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

According to the national office, rescheduling the annual Board of Governors meeting to the middle of the convention rather than the end demands less financial and time commitment from chapter presidents, and facilitates chefs returning to their jobs sooner. As a result of this change, ACF's 2005 National Convention will officially end with the final event on Tuesday, Aug. 2. For more info, call ACF at (800) 624-9458 or e-mail

Mentoring and Culinary Forum for Students Presented at ACF Convention
ACF will present its first-ever programming dedicated to student cooks at its National Convention in San Antonio on Saturday, July 30. The brainchild of President Edward G. Leonard, CMC, the Mentoring and Culinary Forum for Students will begin with a Q&A brunch with Leonard, followed by special programming that focuses on cooking education by top chefs and career-building networking. Johnson & Wales University sponsors this inaugural event.

Students with full convention registrations may attend this programming at no additional charge. Passes for the forum, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., may be purchased by non-registered apprentices and students at $25 for ACF members, $45 for non-members. The programming is limited to attendance by students enrolled in a culinary-apprenticeship, high-school or postsecondary program. For more information, call ACF at (800) 624-9458 or

Show Your Culinary Smarts in the Chefs Knowledge Bowl!
Test your culinary knowledge by participating in the Third-Annual ACF Chefs Knowledge Bowl to be held at the National Convention on Monday, Aug. 1, in San Antonio, Texas. The competition follows the Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl format. This "Jeopardy"-style game features five categories of questions pertaining to cooking, baking, nutrition and sanitation. Point values are assigned to the questions, and the team scoring the most points is the winner of the game.

Each team consists of four active-level ACF members from industry and/or education. One of the team members should be designated the captain.

To register a team, request the application by contacting ACF's education-services department at (800) 624-9458 or e-mailing Completed applications must be returned to the national office by May 30. The competition is limited to eight teams, based on first come, first served.

The more teams that play the game, the more fun we'll have. Put your team together today!

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.

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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