The Culinary Insider - September 13, 2010 (Vol. VIII, Issue 20)

2011 ACF Award Applications

Michael Matarazzo
Micahel Matarazzo, 2010 U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year™

Applications Due Oct. 29

Award applications are now available on the ACF website for U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year™, sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions; ACF Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Splenda®; ACF Chef Educator of the Year; ACF Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by Minor’s®; ACF Student Chef of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.; and ACF Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award. $5,000 will be awarded to the national U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year and Chef Educator of the Year winners, and the Student Chef of the Year national winner will receive $1,000. The national Chef Professionalism winner will receive $2,500 and a $2,500 scholarship in his or her name will be donated to an ACFEF accredited postsecondary program of choice. Download your application or call (904) 484-0214 to request one.

USDA Recipe Challenge to Improve School Meals and Children’s Health

Deadline Dec. 30

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Sept. 8 the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge to improve school meals and the health of children across the nation by creating exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus. The competition—part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative—will draw on the talents of chefs, students, foodservice professionals and parents working together to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods.

Enter the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge. Submit an original recipe(s) that meets the nutritional requirements in three categories: whole-grain foods, dark green and/or orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas (legumes). Learn more

More Chefs Wear Happy Chef®

Happy Chef Uniforms

Chefs from around the world shop at Happy Chef. We have something for every style & budget. Shop our extensive line of coats, pants, hats & aprons. All products are made of quality fabric for increased comfort & durability.

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CEH Requirement for Multiple ACF Certification Designations Revised

The continuing education hours (CEH) requirement for American Culinary Federation certified chefs with multiple designations has changed from 80 hours per designation to 80 hours for the first designation, 40 hours for the second designation and 20 hours for each subsequent designation. Example: John Doe currently holds a CEC, CCE and CCA. When he is ready for recertification, he will need to complete 80 for his first certification, CEC, then 40 for his second, CCE, and 20 for his third, CCA, which equals 140 continuing education hours. More

AAC Lifetime Achievement Award Gala

Academy of Chefs
Noble Masi, CEPC, CMB, AAC, HOF

World-class cuisine, fine wines and a breathtakingly beautiful location in Albany, N.Y., will mark the 5th Annual American Academy of Chefs (AAC) Lifetime Achievement Award Gala honoring Noble Masi, CEPC, CMB, AAC, HOF. Show your support by attending, sponsoring, purchasing a dinner program advertisement and/or providing a silent auction gift. The proceeds will benefit the AAC scholarship fund. More

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Ingredient of the Month: Watermelon

Culinary Nutrition News

Watermelon has higher concentrations of lycopene, a disease-fighting antioxidant, than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. In fact, fresh watermelon contains higher levels of lycopene than fresh tomatoes. A one-cup serving of watermelon contains an average of 9 mg; one medium-sized tomato contains 4 mg. Learn more by reading September’s “Ingredient of the Month” presented by ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

ACF Practical Exam Questions

Practical Exams for ACF Certification

Can an apprentice assist an ACF certification practical exam candidate? How many approved certification evaluators are required to evaluate a practical exam? Find answers to these questions and many others in the revised Practical Exam Test Administrator Guide. It contains updated policies, procedures and forms designed to streamline the practical exam process.

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. Create job alerts, and never let a matching job opportunity pass you by. New jobs that match your search criteria will be e-mailed directly to you. Sign up today.