The Culinary Insider - October 25, 2010 (Vol. VIII, Issue 23)

Certified Master Chef® Exam Under Way

Daily Exam Updates 12 Chefs | 130 Hours | 8-day Exam
Twelve chefs have convened at The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y., for the test of a lifetime—the American Culinary Federation’s Certified Master Chef® exam, sponsored by McCormick For Chefs. Follow ACF on Twitter as we tweet throughout the day, and visit the ACF website for daily updates. The first-ever Certified Master Chefs Summit takes place Oct. 29 at the CIA.

Nutrition Survey to Develop Outreach

ACF Member Survey 2010 Participate in an online nutrition survey to develop and standardize nutrition outreach and educate chefs. The survey, conducted by Margaret D. Condrasky, R.D., CCE, of Clemson University in partnership with the Chef & Child Foundation, will take 5–10 minutes. Call (864) 656-6554 if you have questions or concerns.

The Culinary Insider to Provide More Value: Redesign Coming in November

We are excited to announce some big changes in November for The Culinary Insider. in our ongoing efforts to provide more value and industry news. Below are just some of the changes to come.

  • Federation and foundation news will be linkable headlines for easy access.
  • An electronic poll that will generate immediate results will be included, so you can see how your peers feel about relevant and controversial industry topics.
  • Industry trends and pertinent culinary information will be expanded to include topics our members have expressed an interest in learning more about.
  • Find out what is on the mind of your fellow culinarians with our new Chef Tweets section.
  • Learn how the ACF national staff supports the growth and development of ACF, and can best help you.

FREE $500 Happy Chef® Gift Card

Free $500 Happy Chef Gift Card

Place any online order now through 12/31/10 and be entered to win a $500 Happy Chef gift card. You will be automatically entered each time you place an order at SIMPLE AS THAT!


Tell Us What You Think Will be the Hot Trend on Restaurant Menus in 2011

Take the 2011 What’s Hot survey by Oct. 29 and share your opinion as a chef on what will be a hot trend, yesterday’s news or a perennial favorite on restaurant menus in 2011. Participate, and you could win a $500 American Express gift card. The survey is a collaborative effort between the National Restaurant Association and the American Culinary Federation.

Thirteen Meyer Natural Angus Products Earn ACF Seal of Approval

Natural Angus The American Culinary Federation awarded 13 Meyer Natural Angus meat products its prestigious Seal of Approval. Unlike other entities that offer tasting endorsements only, products must undergo extensive testing and evaluation to determine if they are eligible to receive the Seal of Approval. In addition, the Meyer Natural Angus beef products were tested using a variety of preparation methods, such as broiling, grilling, sautéing, braising, stewing, roasting and pan-frying, as well as used in a variety of beef recipes. More

ACF Chapter Logos Available

Your ACF chapter logo is now available behind the login on your member profile of the ACF website for your business cards, website and more. Please read the ACF Branded Chapter Logo Usage and ACF Logo Policies and Procedures documents for correct usage. Our goal in every instance of the logo’s use is to enhance ACF’s awareness in the culinary industry and with the public.

Join Kraft Works!

The FREE program for foodservice professionals, brought to you by Kraft.

  • Dedicated chefs and industry experts
  • On-trend recipes and culinary solutions
  • Kraft Works emails packed with exclusive content
  • Access to member tools on our website
  • Business building articles
  • Offers and rewards
  • And more

Join FREE today

Support ACF Culinary Team USA


Only four weeks remain until ACF Culinary Team USA competes against 24 other national teams at the Expogast-Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup 2010, Nov. 20–24, in Luxembourg. Team members are scheduled to display their cold-food menu Nov. 21 and prepare their hot-food menu Nov. 23. Show your support and wear your ACF Culinary Team USA 2012 lapel pin. Individuals donating $25 or more between Oct. 15 and Nov. 20 will receive a complimentary team lapel pin. Donate online or mail your donation to ACF Culinary Team USA, c/o American Culinary Federation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095.

Apply for the Faces of Diversity Award and the Restaurant Neighbor Award

National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association is seeking applications for the 2011 Faces of Diversity Award and 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award. The Faces of Diversity Award aims to raise awareness of the importance of diversity and illustrates how diversity leads to business success. Apply by the Dec. 17, 2010, deadline. The Restaurant Neighbor Award, given to restaurants that exemplify the industry’s community support and philanthropic spirit, will honor four national winners with $5,000 contributions to their charitable projects. Apply by the Jan. 11, 2011, deadline.

A Quest for ACF Certification

The ACF Certification Requirements Grid will help you determine which certification is right for you to pursue. Find out which level best reflects your educational background and work experience. If you have questions, e-mail