The Culinary Insider – October 13, 2008 (Vol. VI, Issue 21)

Good Luck to ACF Culinary Team USA and Competing Members

ACF sends our support with ACF Culinary Team USA and all of our competing members as they leave for Germany to compete at the IKA “culinary Olympics.” For four days they will compete against more than 50 other nations for the title of World Champions. Good luck in your quest for gold! More

Be sure to check ACF’s home page,, starting the afternoon of Oct. 20 for competition updates and highlights.

Preorder Your 2008 ACF Culinary Team USA Cookbook Today

Released every four years, this highly anticipated cookbook is now available for preorder. Featuring recipes from ACF Culinary Team USA, this unique cookbook will include entries used during the 2008 IKA “culinary Olympics” in Erfurt, Germany.

This cookbook is a must-have for all culinarians wishing to further their recipe collection and it is also a great gift for food enthusiasts. To preorder your copy, visit ACF’s e-store.

ACF members, don’t forget to login to receive your 15% member discount.

Showcase Your Talent

Participation in ACF approved competitions can earn you top recognition while opening the door to new career opportunities. It will also earn you continuing-education hours for ACF certification and is a great way to hone your skills. Find a culinary competition in your area by visiting our competition calendar.

Add Credibility to Your Competition
Register your culinary competition with ACF. More

Deadline for ACF Student Chef of the Year Applications is Oct. 31

Completed applications, including required supporting documentation, for the ACF Student Chef of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc., must be received by ACF no later than Oct. 31. The ACF Student Chef of the Year Award recognizes a student who possesses a high degree of professionalism, culinary skills and passion for the culinary arts.

Read about the exciting changes to the competition and download your application.

2009 ACF Events Series

Online Registration Now Open
Online registration is now available for the 2009 ACF Regional Conferences. Register now to receive your early registration discounts. If you have any questions regarding the 2009 events, please contact ACF’s Event Management department at (800) 624-9458. Discover MORE at the 2009 Regional Conferences.

Register Online Now

Demonstrate Your Culinary Excellence

Become Certified Today
If you’re thinking of becoming certified, it’s now easier than ever. Review the certification requirement grid for an overview of the different levels of certification. Applications for each certification level have been revised and requirement details have been expanded. Learn more about certification and the different levels available by visiting our Web site. With thousands of chefs competing in the job market, it is essential to prove your culinary competency.

ACF Seeks New Thanksgiving Day Recipes

Do you have a creative way to infuse the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner with a new technique? Make your voice heard and let us share your ideas with the nation. Submit your suggestions on new ways to use turkey, cranberries, pumpkin and other traditional ingredients and ACF will share them with the public this season.

Please send recipes and suggestions to Leah Spellman, public relations specialist, at by Oct. 27. Please title the email “Thanksgiving Day Suggestions.”

Recipe Contests: Submit Your Winning Recipe

Vistive Chef Challenge
Prize: $10,000 to first place; $5,000 to second place; $2,500 to third place
Entry deadline: Nov. 15

Idaho Potato Happy Hour Recipe Contest
Prize: More than $35,000 in cash and prizes
Entry deadline: Dec. 31

Congratulations to Steven Godard

Steven Godard, of Racine, Wis., won a copy of Edward Leonard’s, CMC, AAC, new book, You Eat with Your Eyes for his participation in The Culinary Insider Readership Survey. Congratulations and enjoy your new book!

To purchase a copy of Chef Leonard’s newest book, visit ACF’s e-store.

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