The Culinary Insider – July 7, 2008 (Vol. VI, Issue 14)

ACF Launches New Web Site

ACF is pleased to announce the unveiling of the organization’s new Web site, The new site is a positive step in enhancing ACF’s presence. The site will increase communications, as well as provide new opportunities for members, both existing and potential, partners, sponsors and the public. Future expansions include increasing functionality and online resources such as the bookstore, educational resources, adding a recipe database and much more.

Site Overview
About: Learn more about ACF and the benefits available to members. This section also includes the media room and directories to the national staff and board of directors.

Membership: Login for exclusive access to ACF’s members-only pages.

Schools: Geared towards culinary schools and students, this section explains program accreditation, apprenticeship programs, scholarship opportunities and more.

Careers: Find professional-development opportunities including certification, job opportunities, apprenticeship programs, competitions and awards.

Events: Keep up-to-date with ACF’s annual events and find culinary competitions across the U.S.

Partnerships: Find ACF subsidiary programs such as American Academy of Chefs, ACF Culinary Team USA, Chef & Child and Seal of Approval, along with ACF sponsors and other industry partners.

Resources: Find online culinary resources such as the educational-video library, industry articles, book reviews, an industry calendar and more.

Visit and explore the new site. It has been designed so that your online experience with ACF is more engaging and user-friendly.

Each page contains a site map, located at the bottom-right; search engine, located at the top-right; and an e-mail option for help at the bottom-middle.

President’s Grand Ball Reserved Dinner Seating

Reserved seating is now taking place for the President’s Grand Ball at the 2008 ACF National Convention. The culmination of the national convention, the President’s Grand Ball is an exciting evening of awards presentations on July 16 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Premier Ballroom.

To make a dinner seating request online, the confirmation number located on your registration confirmation is needed.

CMCs Team Up with ACF Culinary Team USA for Third Annual CMC Dinner at National Convention

The Third Annual CMC Dinner takes place Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Studio Ballroom. Featuring ACF’s CMCs and ACF Culinary Team USA, the evening promises to be culinary excellence at its best—menus.

The events is expected to sell out again, making it the third year in a row. A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased online until Thursday, July 10.

Featured CMCs and ACF Culinary Team USA Chefs

ACFF Accreditation Workshop at National Convention

Learn about recent changes and updates to the accreditation process during the American Culinary Federation Foundation (ACFF) Accreditation Workshop on Friday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Las Vegas.

  • Understand the recent developments in ACFF Accrediting Commission (ACFFAC) Standards
  • Ascertain ACFFAC policies and procedures and required knowledge and competencies
  • Learn about the requirements for bachelor-degree accreditation and eligibility requirements
  • Participate in roundtable discussions of recent program changes and networking of ideas
  • Detailed review of electronic self-study and delivery format

This is a extraordinary opportunity for culinary arts and baking and pastry program compliance directors and coordinators. Registration is available at the ACF Registration Desk during National Convention. The cost is $125 and includes transportation and lunch.

If you have questions, please contact Candice Childers at or (800) 624-9458, ext. 120.

AAC Dinner and Spouses Brunch Tickets

2008 American Academy of Chefs Dinner
July 13, 6 p.m., Red Rock Casino

American Academy of Chefs Spouse & Guest Brunch
July 14, 11 a.m., Alizé at the top of the Palms

Purchase tickets by calling the AAC office at (800) 624-9458, ext. 102.

Support Chef & Child 50/50 Raffle

Chef & Child will hold a 50/50 raffle during the 2008 ACF National Convention. Suggested donations are $3 for one ticket, $5 for two tickets and $25 for 12 tickets. Tickets are available from 9 a.m. on July 13, until 3 p.m. on July 16. A single winner will be chosen randomly at a drawing on July 17 at the Margaritaville Lunch, 12:30–2 p.m. The cash prize is 50% of the ticket sales. The remaining 50% will benefit a local Nevada charity.

ACF Member Resource Center—Book Signings, ACF Merchandise, Chapter Supplies & Assistance

The ACF Member Resource Center at the national convention will host book signings, provide networking opportunities, offer chapter assistance and have ACF merchandise for sale.

Visit the store during the 2008 ACF National Convention for new merchandise and big savings. There will be convention T-shirts, assorted memorabilia, blankets, hooded jackets, windbreakers, picture frames and more.

The ACF Membership Department will have supplies available for chapter officers, including brochures, applications and chapter handouts. In addition, a membership representative will be on hand to assist with any questions or comments.

Wanted: Charming, Telegenic Chefs!

Casting for “The Chef’s Wife,” a synergistic project encompassing a cooking/chat television show, a series of internationally available “web-isodes” and a Web site. Auditions are currently being scheduled for the TV program, slated to air this fall on PBS affiliate WTVI in Charlotte, N.C. The show will also be available as content for PBS Plus (a national distribution arm of the network), and abbreviated segments will air online as “web-isodes.”

Auditions for the show will be held during the 2008 ACF National Convention trade show, Tuesday, July 15, 2–6 p.m., in Studio 7 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. To schedule an audition, please submit a photo and resume to Qualified chefs will be contacted via e-mail with instructions and audition times.

Producers are casting accomplished chefs with great personalities who are certified by the American Culinary Federation or a comparable institution. Chefs must be affiliated with a respected, high-profile restaurant, hotel, pastry shop, resort, school or bakery.

Filming is scheduled for Aug. 25–29 and Sept. 8–12. Each episode will require one travel day and one full day to film. The production company will provide for all travel expenses and incidentals.

About the show
Fold one spicy cooking show into one juicy talk show and simmer 30 minutes for a fusion of food and fun—that is the delicious concept of “The Chef’s Wife.” It’s half kitchen, half confessional, and all sparkling, bubbly entertainment. Funny, touching, thought-provoking discussions ensue—like a delightful dinner party—and you are all cordially invited.

International Chefs Congress in NYC

StarChefs™ invites ACF members to apply for scholarships to attend the third annual International Chefs Congress (ICC) taking place Sept. 14–16 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Scholarships include a pass to the three-day event, main stage programs, products fair, tastings and networking opportunities with 2,000 other chefs.

To apply for a scholarship, write an essay of approximately 200 words about why you want to attend ICC and how it will benefit your career. Applications must include your name, address, culinary organization and phone number. Send essays to with “ICC Scholarship Application” as the subject. The deadline to apply is July 30, and winners will be announced on

ACF members wanting to attend but not apply for the scholarship will receive a $50 discount off registration by using the code ACFUNG.

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Landmark Media: Culinary Arts & Cultural Programs ”The Finest Source for Culinary Programming”

Landmark Media offers a wide selection of cooking-based programs that enhance culinary knowledge, & provides in-depth cultural perspective and history to aspiring chefs and food related industries around the country.
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Tyson Food Service Introduces Ideas @ the Heart of Value Volume 2 – Luxury Meets Value

Tyson Food Service is working hard to help you keep the heart of your menu beating strong during these uncertain economic times. The Ideas @ the Heart of Value six-part series will help you retain customers, show good value, and demonstrate that you understand challenges customers face.

In an era of responsible spending, consumers are looking for ways to strike a balance between their appetites and their wallets. Luxury Meets Value is the second platform in the series and features a collection of menuing ideas, along with merchandising materials, designed to help you create menus rich in indulgence and to satisfy consumers’ cravings without making you pay the price.

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Custom Culinary® Sponsored Student Chef Named “Best Young Cook In the World”

Congratulations to Keriann Von Raesfeld, winner of the 2008 Hans Bueschkens World Junior Chefs’ Challenge, held at the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Congress in Dubai. Her award-winning menu, which used Custom Culinary Gold Label Beef Base, featured two delicious cuts of lamb as well as a dark chocolate mousse finale, winning out over a field of talented competitors from across the globe.

A student chef sponsored by Custom Culinary, Von Raesfeld will be appearing at the Custom Culinary booth (#617) during the ACF convention. Ms. Von Raesfeld’s success is the latest chapter in Custom Culinary’s proud history of promoting the next generation of culinary talent.

As an ACF Diamond Sponsor, Custom Culinary supports the education of chefs by inviting students to join in the pursuit of culinary excellence, hosting events such as the National Soup & Sauce Competition and last year’s Nutritional Hot Food Challenge. The Custom Culinary® line of Sauces, Bases and Gravies provide students and professionals alike with deep, intense, full flavors that can be ready in minutes.

Visit the Custom Culinary® booth (#617) and learn how our authentic culinary flavor systems can easily become the building blocks towards enhanced creativity and profitability.

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