The Culinary Insider – October 27, 2008 (Vol. VI, Issue 22)

U.S. Chefs Continue Legacy at “culinary Olympics”

Congratulations to ACF Culinary Team USA and all the ACF members who competed at the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Art Competition, Oct. 19–22, Erfurt, Germany. Known as the “culinary Olympics” by culinarians around the world, the ACF teams and members did an outstanding job representing American cuisine at this prestigious competition.

ACF Culinary Team USA and members continued America’s 50-year legacy at the “culinary Olympics” by delivering a stellar performance against the world’s best.

ACF National Team: 3 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal
ACF and AAC Regional Teams: 2 Gold Medals
ACF Youth Team: 1 Gold Medal, 1 Silver Medal
United States Army Culinary Arts Team: 2 Gold Medals
ACF members: 8 gold medals, 13 silver medals, 10 bronze medals and 5 diplomas.

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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.


Final Call: 2009 ACF Award Nominations

Deadline for completed applications is Oct. 31
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their dedication to the culinary industry? ACF wants to honor their hard work and is now accepting nominations for 2009 awards. The award applications have been mailed to chapter presidents and are also available online. Review each application for eligibility requirements and submit your nomination package today.


Free Networking Site for Chefs

We Are Chefs
Networking with fellow chefs is easy. Register to become part of the newest social networking site designed just for chefs at www.WeAreChefs.com. Your free membership allows access to your own personal page, post blogs and pictures, join groups, share recipes and much more. Join We Are Chefs today.


Stay Up-to-Date on Accreditation

Attend our Informative Sessions During ACF Regional Conferences
To make the accreditation process easier for secondary and postsecondary schools, ACF is offering an informative session during each of the 2009 ACF Regional Conference. We highly recommend Program Coordinators attend the session to get an inside scoop on recent changes to the accreditation process.

With more than 100 site visits in 2009, the session will also cover site visit procedures and evaluators. Learn more about accreditation through ACF.


Invest in the Future

Attend the Apprenticeship Session During ACF Regional Conferences
Apprenticeship programs help shape the future of our industry by offering hands-on experience to culinary students. If you are interested in starting an apprenticeship program, or are already a chapter coordinator, don’t miss the four-hour apprenticeship session held in conjunction with the 2009 ACF Regional Conferences. A member of the ACFF Apprenticeship Committee will go over changes including fees, certification and the log book.


Share Your Holiday Recipe


Want to share or promote a recipe, but having a hard time getting it seen? Send it to us and we'll help promote it.

ACF is currently seeking new Thanksgiving Day recipes that incorporate traditional ingredients in a creative way. Send us your recipe and we’ll share it with the media this holiday season. Submit recipes to lspellman@acfchefs.net by Oct. 31.


Recipe Contests: Submit Your Winning Recipe


Grain-fed Veal Recipe Contest
Prize: Trip for two to Montreal
Entry deadline: Oct. 31
Enter: http://grainveal.com/blog/?p=1

Idaho Potato Happy Hour Recipe Contest
Prize: More than $35,000 in cash and prizes
Entry deadline: Dec. 31
Enter: www.idahopotato.com/happyhour


More than a Mixer


An essential in any cook’s kitchen, the versatile KitchenAid® stand mixer does far more than simply mix. Over a dozen optional attachments expand the utility of this kitchen workhorse, transforming it into everything from a meat grinder and pasta roller to an ice cream maker.

Introduced almost 90 years ago, the legendary KitchenAid® stand mixer proves that good things can get even better over time. Beyond mixing, kneading and whipping, a range of optional attachments easily transform this culinary icon into a total “food preparation center.”

Grind and season meats, or prepare fresh breakfast sausage. Slice fruits and vegetables instantly, or strain them for sauces. Roll and cut flawless pasta, from flat noodles to angel hair or thin spaghetti. Quickly shred potatoes and cheese, and grind flour for special breads.

Optional attachments for the KitchenAid® stand mixer include a slicer and shredder, fruit and vegetable strainer, food grinder, grain mill, citrus juicer and sausage stuffer; a pasta roller and a ravioli maker; several pasta cutters including fettuccine, wide noodle, spaghetti and angel hair; and an ice cream maker.

For more information please go to www.kitchenaid.com


Academy of Ice Carving & Design (AICD)



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Precise and Durable Valor 3000 Stainless Steel Scale


The Ohaus Valor 3000 Xtreme is a combination of high precision and durability with readabilities from 2g to 0.02g and capacities from 200g to 13 lb, depending on model.

Encased in a stainless steel housing, the Valor 3000 Xtreme provides 10x capacity overload and shock protection built in. Every model can display weights in kg, g, lb, decimal or 1/8 fractional ounces, lb:oz, fluid ounces of water. All results are shown clearly in the bright, backlit LCD display with clear indication of the weighing unit. The Valor 3000 Xtreme is NSF Listed/Certified and USDA-AMS accepted, and will support a HACCP system.

For dry applications, the Valor 3000 Xtreme has two models with sub-gram readability - 200g × 0.01g and 2kg (4lb) × 0.1g. For everyday use, the Valor 3000 Xtreme has two models in 3kg (6lb) × 0.5g or 6kg (13lb) × 1g.

When a full cleaning is required, the Valor 3000 Xtreme series has models rated to NEMA4X/IP65, allowing use in wet areas in 300g × 0.1g, 3kg × 0.5g, and 6 kg × 1g readabilities.

For more information or to receive 10% off the list price and free ground shipping within the continental US, call (800) 672-7722 ext. 7021 or email carl.pugliese@ohaus.com. Offer code ACFE800, valid until 11/30/2008, subject to change without notice and offer available only from Ohaus.