The Culinary Insider - March 30, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue 7)

Voting Eligibility for Property Members for ACF Board of Directors Election

Property members must belong to an ACF local chapter or the ACF National Chapter to be eligible to vote in the national election in accordance with ACF bylaws. If you are a property member and have questions about your eligibility, please contact the ACF Membership Department at (800) 624-9458.

The Board of Directors oversees the direction of ACF and its subsidiaries by working with the national office staff and ACF chapters to ensure the organization’s growth. Get to know your 2009 nominees. The new Board of Directors will be installed at the 2009 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., July 11–14.

New Scholarship Funds Available

The American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of the American Culinary Federation, is proud to offer a new scholarship for college students. Through a generous donation from The Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation, eight $5,000 scholarships are now available. Applications are due by May 1 and can obtained by calling the ACF Education Department at (800) 624-9458.

Scholarship resources on the ACF Web site will assist you in your scholarship search. More

Certified Master Chef Exam Assessment

The American Culinary Federation Certification Commission is hosting a certified master chef (CMC) exam assessment session for approved CMC exam candidates interested in practicing and evaluating their skills in preparation for the next CMC exam. The session takes place May 31–June 2 at Midwest Culinary Institute, Cincinnati.

Candidates interested in attending should send a letter of intent along with the registration fee of $600 to the ACF Certification Department at 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095. If you have any questions, please contact, or call (800) 624-9458.

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 Career Center Update

It’s important to your career in today’s Web-based world to be virtually visible. Your online résumé is the ticket to great job offers. It’s easier than ever to post your résumé in the ACF career center. You can upload a PDF or Word document, and search capabilities have been optimized. Don’t have a résumé? Create a job-seeker account to take advantage of our online résumé-building tool. All résumés are anonymous.

ServSafe Training at Southeast Regional

The ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam will be offered at the Southeast Regional Conference. This eight-hour sanitation refresher is scheduled for April 17 and will cover key topics pertinent to your operation’s culinary success. Register today!

WACS Certification

A benefit of being an ACF member is that you have automatic dual membership in the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). Learn how you can earn global prestige by becoming a WACS certified chef (WCC).

Southeast Registration Discount Last Call

April 13 is the last day to take advantage of registration discounts for the 2009 ACF Southeast Regional Conference. Register online and save $75 off the full registration rate. Don’t miss out on the savings; register today!

Recipe Contests

Asparagus Recipe Challenge

This contest is only open to amateur cooks and culinary-school students. Professional chefs are not eligible.

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