The Culinary Insider - February 2, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue 3)

ACF Central Regional Conference Discount Deadlines Quickly Approaching

The 2009 ACF Central Regional Conference is quickly approaching. Register by Feb. 16 and save $75 off the regular, full registration rate. Book your room at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center before Feb. 6 to take advantage of the discounted rate of $114 per night.

The Central Regional Conference offers an outstanding line-up of educational programs and continuing-education opportunities. Featured presenters include Charlie Trotter, HHOF; Edward Leonard, CMC, AAC; Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC AAC, HOF; and Steve Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC; as well as pastry demonstrations by Christian Faure, MOF, of Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute and Jerome Landrieu of Barry Callebaut. The 2009 ACF Central Regional Conference offers MORE of what you’re looking for. View the complete conference schedule.

Looking for CEH Opportunities?

New ACF Web site feature

Now search for professional-development and continuing-education opportunities by region. This ACF Web site improvement is in an effort to help you attend courses of interest to enhance your skills and that apply toward your ACF recertification requirement.

CAFE’s Summer Program for Professional Foodservice Trainers and Educators

CAFE offers 5 weekend events in 2009 delivering topics and trends critical to your successful professional development.


  • CAFE’s 5th-Annual Leadership Conference, J&W University, Denver
  • Front-of-House Operations, CIA, Hyde Park, N.Y.


  • Food and Breads of the World, Florida Culinary Institute
  • Global Cuisines, Kendall College, Chicago


  • Edible Art, Professional Culinary Institute, San Jose, Calif.

Earn ACF continuing-education hours! Click Events at for more information.

ACF Culinary Team USA Cookbook

Cooking With America's Championship 

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.

2009 AAC Candidates for Induction

Chefs from across the country have been tentatively accepted for induction into the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), ACF’s honor society. Formal induction will take place at the AAC Fellows meeting at the ACF National Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla., July 11–14.

Pastry & Baking Publications Online

The magazines, Pastry & Baking North America and Pastry & Baking Asia Pacific, are dedicated to the education, instruction and the celebration of dessert professionals. Each issue is packed with recipes, demonstrations, news and the latest techniques presented by world-renowned contributors, while the editorial focus addresses professional development.

Back issues are now available online for your viewing. They are an excellent resource for culinary professionals tasked with any aspect of the sweet side of the menu.

Riviana and ACF present One-Pot Win-a-Lot Competition

What: One-Pot Win-a-Lot Cooking Competition
When: July 12–13
Where: 2009 ACF National Convention, Orlando Marriott World Center, Orlando, Fla.
Why: Show off your creativity and resourcefulness in front of your peers, and win a cash prize of $1000
How: One pot, 10 ingredients and 15 minutes

Sponsored by 
Riviana MORE details, including contest rules, recipe submission guidelines and finalist selection process will be detailed in the next edition of The Culinary Insider.

Recipe Contests

Recipe Contest: Rio Star Grapefruit Recipe Challenge

Prize: One grand prize of $1,000 and three first-place prizes of $500
Entry deadline: Feb. 15

QSR Magazine’s Culinary School Challenge

Prize: $500 scholarship and trip to the National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show
Entry deadline: Feb. 16
Enter: QSR magazine