The Culinary Insider - August 16, 2010 (Vol. VIII, Issue 18)

2010 ACF National Convention a Success

2010 ACF National Convention National Competition
2010 U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year Michael Matarazzo and Steve Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC, of Unilever Foodsolutions

The 2010 ACF National Convention, hosted by ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Association, in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 2–5, was a success. The event offered an array of professional development, networking, food functions, countless opportunities for camaraderie and the Chef & Child Foundation’s first national service day.

A sincere thank-you to our sponsors and exhibitors, whose support was instrumental to our success. Congratulations to the competition winners, and all the competitors, award recipients and honorees for their outstanding contributions and for a job well done.

Experience the Power of Connection with our day-by-day diary, video clips and photos.

Register Now for the 2011 Student Team Competition Season

2010 ACF National 

Convention National Competition Winners
2010 Champions

Student teams interested in competing are required to register annually with the ACF national office. Intent to Compete forms are due by Aug 30. Visit ACF’s website for more information, or contact Claudia More at (904) 484-0231. The assigned classical entrée is Poulet Sauté a la Catalane, recipe #3195. Regional and national championships are sponsored by R.L. Schreiber.

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Spice Up Your Life

Culinary Nutrition News

For centuries, herbs and spices have been cultivated to enhance culinary and baking endeavors, as well as to heal and protect against many ailments. In fact, most of the herbs and spices we cook with nowadays were originally cultivated for medicinal purposes. While many still stand by the healing power of herbs and spices, what’s of equal importance are their flavor-enriching powers.

Explore the complex, flavorful and virtually calorie-free world of herbs and spices in the August issue of “Culinary Nutrition News,” Spice Up Your Life, sponsored by French’s Foodservice and provided through a partnership between ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

Practical Exam Search Tool

A new feature has been added to the ACF website that allows practical exam candidates to search by test date, as well as by state.

A Modern Twist on ICE - Revolutionary Thermal Diningware by Vidacasa


With the challenges and increasing demand for food freshness and hygiene standards, using wet ice, dry ice or even electricity to keep food cool seems not to be a safe or presentable way out. As the first of its kind in temperature control, Vidacasa is a thermal controlled dining ware collection that can keep food freshly cold at 32 °F–39 °F for up to 6 hours, without external power. More

StarChefs Offers ACF Scholarships to 5th Annual International Chefs Congress International Chefs Congress invites ACF members to apply for five scholarships to attend its fifth annual International Chefs Congress in New York, Sept. 20–22, themed Creativity: Art v. Craft. The event includes main stage programs, a products fair, tastings and networking with 1,500 other culinary professionals. Special guests include Dan Barber, Michael Ruhlman, Marcus Samuelsson, Alain Salhac and more.

To apply for one of the scholarships, write a 200-word essay explaining whether you believe cooking is an art or a craft and why by Aug. 29. Applications should include name, address, culinary organization, and phone number, and should be emailed to with “ICC Scholarship Application” in the subject line. Previous scholarship winners are not eligible.

ACF chefs who wish to attend can also receive a discounted rate of $295 for a three-day pass by using the promo code ACFICC when ordering tickets at

Share Our Strength’s Conference of Leaders

Share Our Strength's 

Conference of Leaders Are you a cause-driven culinary student? Interested in joining the fight against childhood hunger? Apply to attend Share Our Strength’s Conference of Leaders in Washington, D.C., this October through J. A. Henckels’ Student Scholarship Program. The deadline to apply is Sept. 1. Visit for more information.