The Culinary Insider - July 6, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue
ACF National Convention
It’s not too late to attend the 2009 ACF National Convention,
July 11–14, at the Orlando World Center Marriott! While online
registration is closed, you can register on-site during the convention;
full and a la carte registration options are still available. Discounted
hotel room rates at the Orlando World Center Marriott of $149 per night
are still available online, and are good for up to three days after the
convention. Reserve your room online.
MORE Excitement…. MORE Fun
Born To Be Wild Welcome Reception, sponsored by Saputo Cheese
July 10: Pick up your convention packet and then enjoy a beverage to the
upbeat sound of Doug “Big Daddy” Bare.
Ice Breaker Blues Bash, sponsored by Barber Foods, Pasta CHEF®
and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
July 11: Enjoy a special concert starring the Bad Boys of Blues, Jake
& Elwood Blues, and reminisce with your fellow chefs.
Sunset Carnivale, sponsored by The Culinary Institute of America, Le
Cordon Bleu Schools North America, S&D Coffee and U.S.
July 12: The convention heats up as the sun goes down. This Latin-themed
poolside function is open to all convention attendees and their families
with free food, entertainment and games of skill at the Chef & Child
The Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu Schools North
America will host their respective alumni receptions poolside during the
Carnivale. Stop by and see your former classmates.
Chef of the Year Happy Hour and Mixer
July 13: Meet the 2009 chef of the year finalists and celebrate their
success. Stop by the ACF Gathering Spot and enter to win a Hewlett
Packard laptop computer, find out about special Marriott beverage offers
and learn about the 2010 ACF Regional Conferences.
President’s Grand Ball, sponsored by BelGioioso Cheese Inc.,
Butterball Farms, Inc., Contessa Premium Foods; Splenda® and Tyson
July 14: ACF celebrates its best and brightest as the national winners
for the student team, student chef, chef educator, pastry chef and chef
of the year competitions are announced. Registered attendees should
reserve their seats online.
Sweet Decadence, sponsored by Barry Callebaut, S&D Coffee and
July 14: Bring your sweet tooth and your dancing shoes to end the 2009
convention. Dance the night away to the sounds of Latin Express.
A letter from Chef Kinsella
I wrote to you several weeks ago to report on the start of
negotiations with the National Restaurant Association (NRA). The
original meeting was to open the door to many future conversations on
how we can move forward together with programs of mutual interest. I
would like to clarify that, to date, we have no signed agreements. If my
last message was misconstrued, I apologize, and our new president and
staff will be carrying forward these new initiatives and ongoing
discussions with the NRA.
I have also opened a dialog with Harry Crane, CEC, president of the
Research Chefs Association, to collaborate with ACF to increase the
number of shared educational opportunities and support the team. Chef
Crane will approach his board to see if they want to pursue these joint
opportunities, and I am hopeful that they will.
I have also spoken with the President of the American Dietetic
Association to discuss educational opportunities and to work with our
Chef & Child Foundation committee in its fight against childhood
We are on the threshold of bringing together our sister groups to
share our strengths, removing the duplication of programs and creating
awareness and increased opportunities for all our members. As you all
know, strong relationships take time to develop. Please remember we are
in good faith negotiations for the betterment of all our members.
John Kinsella, CMC, CCE, WGMC, AAC
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Culinary Nutrition News Focuses on Fiber
Download the July issue of Culinary Nutrition News: Fiber-Rich today
and discover the intricacies of fiber and how to use it to heighten your
customers’ dining experience.
Take advantage of ACF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson
University’s nutrition resource, Culinary Nutrition News, to build
your personal nutrition library and share with your colleagues and
Positive Summer Restaurant Job Forecast
According to the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant
industry will increase jobs by about 4% this summer. Visit the ACF
Career Center to post a job or search for one.
Practical Exam Scheduling Made Easy
Use the new Request to Schedule a Practical Exam form to expedite
your scheduling request and the processing of your fee.
If you are interested in becoming an Approved Practical Exam Test
site, contact the ACF Certification Department at
2008 ACF Culinary Team USA Cookbook
Pre-order your cookbook today
Released every four years, this highly anticipated cookbook is now
available for pre-order with a July arrival date. Featuring recipes from
ACF Culinary Team USA, it includes entries used during the 2008 IKA
“culinary Olympics” in Erfurt, Germany. Reserve your copy
today—members, login to receive your 15% member discount.