The Culinary Insider - June 21, 2010 (Vol. VIII, Issue
ACF Chefs Attend Chefs Move to Schools Kickoff
June 4 at White House
The American Culinary Federation sent 60
chefs from 24 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico to attend
Michelle Obama’s Chefs
Move to Schools kickoff press conference at the White House, June 4.
Chefs joined the 600 plus others, including Rachael Ray, Marcus
Samuelsson and Tom Colicchio, to learn about the new initiative, which
is part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. Learn more and
sign up to participate in Chefs Move to Schools.
ACFEF Chef & Child Service Day
The ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation will hold its first national
service day for low-income families July 31 in Anaheim, Calif., where
ACF chefs will conduct nutrition demonstrations and educational
activities in the community. Sign up, or call (904) 484-0202 for
Bravo Pilot Seeking LA Chefs
Can you cook under pressure? Do you live
in the Los Angeles area? If so, the American Culinary Federation invites
you to apply
for a new chefs’ pilot on Bravo. Once you have applied, e-mail email@example.com so ACF can keep track
of its chefs who have applied. Good luck!
Keep Your Kitchen Cool with Happy Chef’s
Our Sports Mesh Cool Coat is now available in 4 popular colors for as
low as $14.95! Re-designed for improved breathability and comfort.
Vented mesh on back, front, shoulders & under arms make it the
perfect way to stay COOL in the kitchen. SHOP
Earn a $75 CSC Written Exam Credit
Candidates taking the new ACF Certified Sous Chef (CSC) written exam
Aug. 3 at the ACF National Convention, Anaheim, Calif., will receive a
$75 credit toward their certification fee. Register online. To prepare,
take the practice exam, with the same type of questions and weighting as
the actual exam. Learn more.
Share Your ACF Chapter’s Success Story
Chapters to Present at General Session
ACF National President Michael Ty, CEC, AAC, wants to promote one
chapter from each region to introduce our events theme, Power of
Connection. The four selected chapters will have approximately five to
seven minutes at the ACF National Convention General Session to present
the creative ways their chapter is building and retaining their
membership. Examples include giving back to the community, interactive
meetings, activities, successful membership drives, etc. Submit your
chapter’s story to firstname.lastname@example.org by July
This is a wonderful opportunity to share your successes and all your
chapter has accomplished while furthering the mission of ACF and
increasing its membership. Please note, ACF is unable to provide
financial support for a chapter representative to attend convention.
Açai & Goji Berries
There seems to be a surplus of hype around “superfoods,”
especially exotic berries such as açai and goji, which promise a
heaping dose of antioxidants. The açai berry has been highly
praised as the new superfood, because of its powerhouse punch of
nutrients. The goji berry is believed to enhance agility and longevity.
Read more about these berries in Açai
& Goji Berries, June’s issue of Ingredient
of the Month, by the ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.
ACE Refresher Webinars
Because of the overwhelming success of the 2009 ACF-Approved
Certification Evaluators (ACE) Refresher Webinar Series, three webinars
will take place this year on July 13, 4–5:30 p.m. EST; Sept. 28,
1:30–3 p.m. EST; and Dec. 7, 3–4:30 p.m. EST. There is no
charge to participate, and they satisfy the refresher requirement for
maintaining ACE status. The ACE Refresher course will not be offered at
the national convention, so plan ahead to participate in a webinar.
Calling ACF Educators!
The Foodservice Educators Learning Community (FELC)
offers educator certification in an 8-week online course that covers
theories in classroom management, assessment practices and course
construction. This program offers 64 CEH’s from ACF once completed
and course registration is available at the beginning of every
The FELC is a professional membership association for culinary arts
and hospitality educators. Visit www.foodED.org for more information on CFSE
certification and benefits of membership. Certification is available to
FELC members only.
Green Restaurant Saves $20,000 Annually
Meet Denny’s operator Joey Terrell in the latest Sustainability
Corner article by ACF and Kendall College. Terrell recently opened
Denny’s first green restaurant, and his costs for building the
store were equal to traditional construction, but he’s saving
$20,000 a year in utilities compared with other equal-sized units. Chris
Koetke, CEC, CCE, dean of culinary arts, Kendall College School of
Culinary Arts, in a recent conversation with Terrell, found out that
whether you’re thinking about new construction or retrofitting,
Terrell has some tips that can make a big difference.
Trisha LeBlanc Wins Be Like
Trish LeBlanc of Indianapolis, a culinary-arts student at the Ivy
Tech Community College-Central Indiana, Indianapolis, was named winner
of the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Be Like
“Mike” contest and will shadow ACF National President
Michael Ty, CEC, AAC, at the 2010 ACF National Convention, Aug.
2–5, in Anaheim, Calif. More
ACF Culinary Team USA
The Journey Continues
Culinary National Team USA successfully held its first training
session, hosted by Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, N.C., June
7–9. View the photos of the team hard at work and read
about it in the upcoming July/August issue of The National
ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, ACF Professional
Chefs and Culinarians of the Heartland and ACF Bay Area Chefs
Association of Oregon student teams will compete in hot- and cold-food
tryouts during the 2010 ACF National Convention, Aug. 2–5, in
Anaheim, Calif. The winning team will represent the United States as ACF
Culinary Youth Team USA.
ACF Regional Conference Competition Winners Face
Off at National Convention
Best of luck to the 2010
ACF regional conference competition winners as they prepare to face
off against their regional counterparts for national titles at the 2010
ACF National Convention in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 2–5.
Great American Dine Out Webinar
Learn what’s new in this year’s Great
American Dine Out toolkit and what makes the program easy and successful
for participating operations. Share Our Strength is hosting the second
in a series of Great American Dine Out webinars, June 23, 3–3:30
p.m. EST. Ray Blanchette, CEO, and Robin Ahearn, SVP of marketing,
Ignite Restaurant Group, lead the discussion. Register
Maple Leaf Farms Recipe Contest
Enter Maple Leaf Farms’ The 2010
Discover Duck Chef Recipe Contest by the Sept. 10 deadline. Recipes must
include a Maple Leaf Farms duck product and may be submitted for any
menu part. The grand prize is $5,000; second is $3,000; and third is $1,500.