ACF Today, Vol. III, No. 21
October 3, 2005

In this edition . . .
* ACF Awards Nomination Deadline Oct. 31
* ACF Culinary Team USA Tryouts
* AAC Application Deadline Nearing
* Dates Set for Northeast Regional Educational Forum
* Chefs Launch National Campaign Against Childhood Hunger
* NCR Seeks Chefs for Articles
* "Dine for America" Day Set for Oct. 5
* 2006 WACS Congress Fast Approaching
* CCF Invites Members to Be Part of Upcoming Cookbook
* Be at Star on the Food Network


ACF Award Nominations Deadline Oct. 31

Recognize an outstanding ACF member by nominating him or her for an ACF national award. Applications are available online through download or by contacting the ACF National Office for a hard copy. For further information, please contact Tracy Smith in events management at 800-624-9458, ext. 114. Reminder, the deadline for award application packages to be submitted is Oct. 31.


ACF Culinary Team USA Tryouts

Do you want to be a member of ACF Culinary Team USA, the current world champion in hot food? If so, visit for team tryout information and to download applications. Applications are due by Nov. 7, 2005, to Edward Leonard, CMC, manager, ACF Culinary Team USA.


AAC Application Deadline Nearing

ACF members who wish to apply for election in 2006 into the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the ACF, should submit their applications and all materials to the AAC National Office by Dec. 31, 2005.

Requirements mandatory for consideration in the honor society include:
* must be certified as an ACF master chef, master pastry chef, executive chef, executive pastry chef and/or culinary educator for a minimum of two years
* must be in the culinary profession a minimum of 15 years, 10 of which must be at the executive chef or culinary educator level
* must be an ACF member in good standing for a minimum of 10 years
* must have attended four ACF regional conferences and/or national conventions within any 10-year period. Candidates must also fulfill a minimum of 10 of 20 elective attainable goals
* all requirements/goals must be met the year prior to induction

For more information or to request an application, please contact Laura Howell in the AAC National Office at 800-624-9458, ext. 102.


Dates Set for Northeast Regional Educational Forum

The 2005 Northeast Regional Educational Forum will be held on Oct. 28-29 at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Philadelphia. The forum is approved for 10 continuing-education hours, and the cost of registration is $125, which includes all educational forums as well as a Friday evening ice-breaker; Saturday breakfast, brunch and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Also, a special group rate of $94 night for single or double occupancy is being offered but will only be guaranteed through Oct. 5. Call 800-575-1776 to book your room today!


Chefs to Launch National Campaign Against Childhood Hunger

The American Culinary Federation Chef & Child Foundation, Inc. (ACFCCF), the voice of the ACF in its fight against childhood hunger, will celebrate National Childhood Hunger Day on Oct. 16, 2005, to raise awareness of childhood hunger and malnutrition in America. Since the campaign's launch in 1995, hundreds of chefs across the nation have participated in events within their local communities to feed hungry children and foster and promote awareness of proper nutrition.

ACF encourages all government institutions, food banks, child-feeding agencies and philanthropic groups to work with local ACF chapters to organize a childhood hunger-awareness campaign. To assist ACF chapters in developing the campaign, a step-by-step instructional guide is available for download at


NCR Seeks Chefs for Articles

The National Culinary Review wants to hear from chefs in the following categories: 1) in-flight foodservice, and 2) theme parks, for possible inclusion in future articles in the magazine. Please e-mail Kay Orde at


"Dine for America" Day Set for Oct. 5

On Oct. 5, 2005, restaurants across the country, along will the National Restaurant Association, will band together in a "Dine for America" day, a national fund-raising effort for the American Red Cross. All proceeds from the event will go to help the survivors and victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Participating restaurants may choose to support the relief effort by:
* Donating all or a portion of sales that day
* Donating all or a portion of profits that day
* Making a donation for every guest served that day
* Making a donation for every sale of a specific item that day
* Making a set donation that day
* Collecting donations from guests and staff that day
* Identifying another way to raise funds for the relief effort

For more information or to register, visit


2006 WACS Congress Fast Approaching

The upcoming World Association of Cook's Societies (WACS) Congress 2006 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from March 12-16, 2006.

WACS is a non-political professional organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines. The biennial Congress is a hallmark tradition of WACS and has been organized in more than 20 cities throughout the world during its 74-year history.

So, get ready to immerse yourself in the Pacific-prepare yourself for a 'world of culinary excellence' in 2006. Visit for more information.


CCF Invites Members to Be Part of Its Upcoming Cookbook

The Chef and Child Foundation invites members to submit a child-friendly recipe for inclusion in its upcoming CCF Cookbook. Please submit your recipes with supermarket friendly ingredients that feed 1-4 people. Your name, tile, and chapter will be included with each recipe chosen for the book. The deadline is Oct. 15, 2005 (the CCF will do the nutritional analysis that will be placed next to your recipe). Please e-mail the recipes to


Be a Star on the Food Network

"The Next Food Network Star" is back for a new season and a new search! Do you think you have what it takes to be a star on the Food Network and host your own show?

If so, then go to and click on "The Next Food Network Star" for an application and video submission information. The application deadline is Oct. 12.



A Career Development Path for Foodservice Professionals
The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world's premier culinary college, and the American Culinary Federation (ACF), the nation's foremost organization of chefs, have joined forces to create the ProChef Certification program for foodservice professionals.

Why Certification?
ProChef Certification represents the only certification program for chefs based on validating specific skills. Designed to verify and acknowledge the achievements of culinary professionals throughout all career stages, the CIA and ACF's industry-driven ProChef Certification identifies the core competencies imperative for building an effective and rewarding foodservice career, including Culinary Arts, Personnel Management, and Financial Administration.

The CIA's widespread reputation for excellence in culinary education, coupled with the ACF's national recognition, will give foodservice professionals who achieve ProChef Certification the credentials needed to enhance their position, increase their marketability and elevate their appeal to both present and future employers.

Key Benefits for Prochef Certification Applicants:

* ProChef Certification ties the expertise of the CIA with the established and recognized ACF certification program.
* One-on-one professional development advisement is provided to all foodservice professionals in the ProChef Certification program.
* As participants progress through the ProChef Certification, they can focus their development in the following discipline areas: Garde Manger, Asian Cuisine, Mediterranean Cuisine, and Latin American Cuisine.

Take the first step on the path to success-enroll in the ProChef Certification program today!

Visit or call 800-888-7850 for more information

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