The Culinary Insider - August 3, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue 17)

The Calorie Countdown

The August issue of Culinary Nutrition News, The Calorie Countdown, is now available on the ACF Chef & Child Web site. The article examines calories, portion sizes, energy density, volumetrics and calories per bite.

This and previous articles are available for free download through a partnership between Clemson University and ACF Chef & Child.

Cooking with America’s Championship Team

Sizzling Recipes from Chef Edward G. Leonard, CMC, and the American Championship Culinary Team

This book reflects the dedication, hopes, hard work and aspirations of ACF Culinary Team USA at the 2008 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung International Culinary Art Competition, commonly referred to as the “culinary Olympics.” It is the culmination of a journey with award-winning recipes and stories. You will find it inspiring as you experience some of the accomplishments and disappointments of the teams in their quest for the gold. Order your copy today from the ACF e-Store. ACF members, login to receive your discount.

Durable and Precise OHAUS FD Scales

For durable and precise weighing, the OHAUS FD combines a large, bright display with an internal battery that lasts 120 hours between charges. With capacities from 6lb to 30lb, and precision up to 0.1g, these scales can be configured in lb, oz, lb:oz, kg and g. Includes modes for checkweighing and for baker’s percentages. NSF listed, supports HACCP systems. For more information or to find out how to buy, call (800) 672-7722, ext. 7021.

ACF Membership Stimulus Plan

Any professional or culinarian member who brings in two new professional or culinarian members will receive a one-year national membership extension on receipt of their local chapter membership dues. Both the sponsoring member and the new members will receive this one-year free national membership extension benefit.

Login to the ACF Web site and review the program guidelines and additional information under the Members Only section.

Job Hunting in Today’s Economy

From executive chef, sous chef and pastry cook to club manager and educator, ACF is here to help you in your search from California and Oregon to Louisiana and North Carolina. Visit our Career Center for the latest available job opportunities in the culinary industry. Search for jobs by location or type, or post your résumé. You can establish a job alert, create a job-seeker account or post your résumé anonymously.

ACF National Convention Delivered MORE

A sincere thank you to the ACF sponsors and exhibitors, AAC sponsors, and attendees for making the 2009 ACF National Convention memorable. Congratulations to the competition winners, the competitors and all the ACF and AAC honorees.

The photos from convention are now online for your viewing and purchasing. You can also view the regional conference photos.

Become an ACF/Comira Exam Site

One of the primary advantages of ACF’s new testing company, Comira, is that in addition to their sites, you can become an ACF/Comira sponsor test site and offer greater convenience and testing options to written-exam candidates. If you have any questions, contact ACF at or call (800) 624-9458, ext. 150.

Shows Offer Fresh Perspective

Gain a fresh perspective and learn creative solutions for today's economy and attend the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Aug. 30–Sept. 1, San Diego, or the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, Sept. 11–13, Orlando, Fla. In Orlando, visit ACF at booth #2364.

ACF members receive a $5 discount on admission and continuing education hours for the educational sessions they attend. Register for your discount at Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show.

Latin Food Summit

Presented by the ACF Central Missouri Chapter and the University Club, Columbia, Mo., the second annual ACF Missouri Statewide Conference Latin Food Summit takes place Sept. 13–14. The summit featuring the cuisine of Latin America includes educational seminars, culinary demos by renowned chefs, a six-course dinner by Brazilian Chef Adauto Rodrigues and numerous workshops. Call (573) 884-0101 or email for information or to register.

The Next Food Network Star Casting Call

Apply and you might be The Next Food Network Star.
August 10: Los Angeles, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
August 17: San Diego, noon–5 p.m.
August 24: Atlanta, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.