The Culinary Insider - June 8, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue 12)

ACF Board of Directors Election Results

Mark Kent, chair of the ACF Nominations & Elections Committee, on June 16 will announce the winners in a special edition of The Culinary Insider and they will be posted on the home page of ACF’s Web site.

Devin Alexander Presenting at ACF Convention

New York Times best-selling author Devin Alexander has been added to the line-up of guest speakers at the 2009 ACF National Convention, taking place in Orlando, Fla., July 11–14. Alexander is the host of “Healthy Decadence with Devin Alexander” on FitTV and most recently authored The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook (Rodale, 2008). Don’t miss her nutrition-conscious demo, “Healthy Decadence for Kids of All Ages,” Sunday, July 12, from 10–11:30 a.m.

Visit the ACF Web site for more information about all of the programming at this year’s convention. Register before July 5 for a $100 discount. Register

New Durable Retail Price Computing Scales

The OHAUS RA and RE Retail Price Computing Scales combine durability with NTEP (legal-for-trade) certified weighing for retail use from 15 to 60 lbs. Both incorporate easy-to-clean designs, thick stainless steel pans and cast aluminum weighing platforms, rated to 150% of capacity. Weigh and price/lb information are displayed on dual LCDs. The RA offers 24 Price Lookup memories, the RE 100 PLUs (24 via the keyboard using preset keys).

For more information, call Carl Pugliese at (800) 672-7722, ext. 7021.

Free CEC Written Exam

Candidates taking the new CEC written exam at ACF National Convention, July 11–14, in Orlando, Fla., will receive a $75 credit toward their certification fee. You can register online or by calling (800) 624-9458, ext. 122. Take the new practice exam in preparation, as it has the same question style and weighting as the actual exam.

Culinary Nutrition News on Food Allergies

Do you know the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance? Allergen Awareness is the focus of the June issue of Culinary Nutrition News, presented by ACF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

The ACF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University have partnered to offer monthly nutrition-focused articles to bridge the nutrition gap for chefs by providing up-to-date research and nutrition information.

Harness the Power of the Media with Lou Ekus of AirTyme Corporation

What do Todd English, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Symons, & Norman Van Aiken all have in common? They all learned to harness the power of the media and cook for the camera from Lou Ekus of AirTyme Corporation.

To make these skills more widely available, AirTyme Corporation is offering “How To Be Heard,” a two-part live internet webinar. Learn the media skills that Lou has been teaching for the past 25 years. Topics to be covered include: preparing a press packet & press release, getting media interested in you, & feeling confident in every interview, tap into the power of the internet, learn the differences between television and internet video formats. Make an impact in communications of all kinds, control interviews, pick effective demo recipes, cook & speak for the camera, and much more…

From the comfort of your computer, interact with Lou, ask questions, and work with other attendees on exercises.

Each webinar consists of two 3 hour sessions.
Cost: Introductory rate of $150.00 (ACF members use code k6f4 for a 10% discount)

Course dates either June 15th/June 16th or July 6/July 13th.
Visit for more information.

ACF in the News

Each month, ACF chefs, programs and happenings appear in newspapers, trade publications and on TV. Visit ACF’s media room to see what headlines our members are making.

Dates for ACE Training and Practical Exam

Register to become an Approved Certification Evaluator (ACE) trainer today and help other culinarians. Each location offers a one-day seminar and the practical exam. Now it’s easier than ever to find a convenient location near you. Visit the ACF Web site for more information on ACE Training or practical exams.

CMPC Guidelines Released

The new Certified Master Pastry Chef (CMPC) guidelines have been released. The CMPC possesses the highest degree of professional knowledge, skill and mastery of cooking techniques as they apply to baking and pastry only after the candidate has passed this intensive eight-day examination.

Cordon d’Or Culinary Academy Awards

The December issue of The National Culinary Review was among the many ACF winners of the 2008 Cordon d’Or-Gold Ribbon International Culinary Academy Awards, and ACF National president John Kinsella, CMC, CCE, WGMC, AAC, was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. More

ACF Member Resource Center

The ACF Member Resource Center will be located in the ACF Store at national convention. See the latest ACF and AAC merchandise, purchase your books for the meet the authors and book signings, or network with your colleagues.

The resource center is your guide to ACF and will provide chapter assistance, supplies available for chapter officers to include brochures, applications and chapter handouts. A membership representative will be also be available to assist you. Please call the Membership department at (800) 624-9458, ext. 107, or e-mail to make an appointment to learn how to ACF can best help you and your chapter.