The Culinary Insider - September 14, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue 20)

Childhood Nutrition Day October 16

The Chef & Child Foundation (CCF) is in need of ACF chapters, members and volunteers to host events and activities for Childhood Nutrition Day on October 16. Childhood Nutrition Day focuses on the need for education about childhood hunger, proper nutrition and obesity issues. Support our children by implementing an event in your community in the fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity. Learn more and find out what you can do.

The mission of CCF is to educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition through community-based initiatives led by American Culinary Federation chef members, and to be the voice of the culinary industry in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity.

Plugrá European-Style Butter Receives ACF Seal of Approval

Products submitted for ACF’s Seal of Approval are rigorously tested based on set criteria. Three varieties of the Plugrá European-Style Butter—salted, unsalted and clarified—were evaluated for consistency, performance, adaptability to various cooking situations for format consistency, and accuracy of labels and marketing materials. In addition, each Plugrá butter was tested in a variety of applications, including soups, sauces, appetizers, entrées side dishes and baked goods, and as a compound butter. The three Plugrá European-Style Butters were all endorsed after passing the tests with distinction. Learn more about Plugrá European-Style Butter and the ACF Seal of Approval.

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.

Know Your Recertification Date

It is important that you know your recertification date so that you can plan accordingly and avoid your certification expiring. Plan ahead and keep your contact information current, including your mailing and e-mail addresses. Review your recertification date and update your contact information through your member profile on ACF’s Web site.

Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out

Sept. 20–26 is Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out. You can help raise money to end childhood hunger in America by dining at a participating restaurant or register your restaurant to donate a portion of your sales for the week to Share Our Strength.

Job Hunting in Today’s Economy

From executive chef and pastry chef to educator, ACF is here to help you in your job search. Visit our Career Center for available jobs in the culinary industry. Search by location or type, or post your résumé.

CEO, Professional Culinary Institute, Inc., Campbell, Calif.
Executive Chef/chef de Cuisine, Chartwells Dining Service/Compass Group USA, Spring Arbor, Mich.
Banquet lead cook and pastry lead cook, The Garden of the Gods Club, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Chef instructor, Culinary Institute of Virginia, Norfolk, Va.
Garde Manger Chef, Hunter’s Run Country Club, Boynton Beach, Fla.
R&D pastry chef, The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Division, Calabasas Hills, Calif.
Line cook, Desmond Hotel, Malvern, Pa.

Be Part of the Team. Be a Part of the Heritage. Be Part of the Journey.

Experience the thrill of competing nationally and internationally as a national team member of ACF Culinary Team USA 2012. Review the new savory and pastry requirements for the tryouts. The application deadline is Nov. 20. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

ACF Magazines More than 50% Off

Available Until Oct. 16 Only
ACF is offering a back-to-school special on one-year subscriptions to The National Culinary Review (NCR) and Sizzle until Oct. 16. Order today.

ACF Chefs on “The Chef’s Wife”

Four ACF chefs, cast at the 2008 ACF National Convention, are among the weekly guests on “The Chef’s Wife,” a TV cooking and talk show airing on WTVI in Charlotte, N.C. Find out which ACF members were guests, view webisodes and find recipes.

Ron Duprat Advances in Top Chef

Last week chef’testant and ACF member Ron Duprat successfully advanced to episode five of Top Chef: Las Vegas. He prepared Escargot Provençal with Caramelized Shallots, Pernod and Fresh Herb in the quickfire challenge. Paired with Robin Leventhal for the elimination round, they were tasked to create a French dish and made Frog Leg Meuniere with Lemon Confit, Mache and Arugula Salad with Fried Capers.

Your Most Tempting Peanut Recipes

Sponsored by the Peanut Advisory Board and representing the Southeastern Peanut Farmers, Your Most Tempting Peanut Recipes foodservice recipe contest is open to any foodservice trained chef, educator or student 18 years of age or older. A cash prize of $2,500 will be awarded to the grand prize winner with one first prize of $1,000. Entries must be received by December 31.