The Culinary Insider - January 18, 2010 (Vol. VIII,
A Message from Your President
Dear ACF members, supporters and friends,
The continuing devastation in Haiti from
the Jan. 12 earthquake is horrific. Global relief efforts are underway
from many countries and aid groups, and range from providing trained
personnel and equipment to basic living essentials, such as food, water,
clothing and medical supplies.Our Disaster Relief Task Force has been in
contact with the Red Cross (efforts are being led by the International
Red Cross). Non-medical volunteers are not being accepted because of
limited access to Haiti and the affected areas.
The greatest need is for monetary donations. To donate: go to RedCross.org,
hit the “Donate Now” button at the top and then click
International Response Fund, or call 1-800-Red-Cross. You also can text
“Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the International Response
Fund. Your donation will go automatically to the Red Cross to help with
relief efforts, and will be charged to your cell phone bill.
Please join me in keeping all those affected by this tragedy in your
thoughts and prayers.
Michael Ty, CEC, AAC, ACF National President
Exciting New Competitions
The One-Pot Win A Lot cooking competition, sponsored
by Riviana, tests your creativity using a quick-cooking rice variety in
a main course that’s cooked in a Dutch-style pot.
The Make-It-Mini Dessert Trio, sponsored by MARS
Foodservice, wants to see how creative you can be using a Twix Caramel
Cookie Bar or Peanut Butter Cookie Bar.
The competitions take place during the trade show at each ACF
Regional Conference, and regional champions will compete for national
titles at the ACF National Convention in Anaheim, Calif. Review the
guidelines and register by the deadline for your region.
The regional conference deadlines are as follows: Western, passed;
Northeast, Feb. 12; Central, Feb. 26.; and Southeast, March 26.
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Here to check out the Chef Coats, Pants & Hats that have earned
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B&G Foods’ Regina Products Earn ACF
Seal of Approval
B&G Foods’ 11 Regina brand vinegars and cooking wines have
received the prestigious ACF
Seal of Approval. The Regina products were extensively tested and
evaluated for application, physical properties, performance and label
The ACF Seal of Approval provides quality assurance to buyers and
improves marketability. Learn more about the ACF Seal
Café’s Front-of-House Operations
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Las Vegas
Learn from successful problem solvers/innovators in beverage and
dining-room management/operations! Discounted registration of $374 by
January 29 ($474 after).
CAFÉ’s weekend events deliver topics and trends critical
to professional development of foodservice trainers and educators:
Mastering French Cooking, The Healthy Menu and The Latin Table PLUS 6th
Annual Leadership Conference, “Inspiration and
Earn ACF continuing-education hours! Click CAFÉ Events at www.CafeMeetingPlace.com for information.
Derek Spendlove, CEPC®, CCE™, Named
ACF Certification Commission Chair
Derek Spendlove, CEPC®, CCE™, AAC, baking and pastry arts
chair for the National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan
University, Louisville, Ky., was named chair of the ACF Certification
Commission and assumed the position’s responsibilities on January
15. Spendlove, in his role as ACF Certification Commission chair, is
responsible for upholding the standards of the most comprehensive
certification program for chefs in the U.S. More
Nutrition Resolutions for 2010
Making attempts to prevent diet-related diseases always manages
to get lost in the shuffle. Chefs are in a rare position to begin the
fight against the battle of the bulge and its detrimental domino effect
on health. Read Nutrition
Resolutions for 2010, January’s issue of Culinary
Nutrition News provided through a partnership between ACF Chef
& Child and Clemson University.
Kelly Conwell, CSC™, to Compete at Hans
Bueschkens World Junior Chefs’ Challenge
Best of luck to Kelly
Conwell, CSC™, as she represents the U.S. in the Hans
Bueschkens World Championship Junior Chefs’ Challenge Jan. 27
during the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Congress in
Chile. Conwell, the 2009 ACF Student Chef of the Year, will compete
against 13 others for the title of “Best Young Cook in the
World.” She is supported by ACF and Custom Culinary, Inc.
Certified Chef Dining Guide
Your fellow chefs, ACF members, and the dining public are looking for
restaurants with more to offer. As a benefit of being ACF certified at
the CCC level or higher, you can list your establishment in the Certified Chef Dining Guide.
Learn how you can be
ACF Lifetime Certificants
Chefs who have earned the honor of lifetime
certification within the past six months are now featured on the ACF
Web site’s Lifetime Certification page. Please join in recognizing
those who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment and dedication to the
ACF Berkshire Chapter Donates to CCF
A special thank you to the ACF Berkshire Chapter in Williamstown,
Mass., for their generous donation of $3,011 to support the Chef &
Child Foundation in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition
and obesity. You can help by hosting
an event or making a donation.