The Culinary Insider - April 11, 2011 (Vol. IX, Issue 8)

May 4 Deadline to Enter Be Like “Mike” to Shadow ACF President

Be Like 
'Mike' Contest

Winner to Shadow Michael Ty, CEC, AAC, at Convention

ACF student culinarian members 18 years and older who are currently first-, second- or third-year full-time culinary students enrolled in either a degree-granting, diploma or certificate postsecondary culinary program or who are in an ACFEF Apprenticeship Program are invited to enter the 2011 Be Like “Mike” Contest. One person will win a trip to the 2011 ACF National Convention, July 22–26, in Dallas, to shadow ACF National President Michael Ty, CEC, AAC. Apply

Student Culinarian Invitational May 13 Deadline Approaching


ACF student culinarians 18 years and older, don’t miss your chance to apply for the 2011 ACF Student Culinarian Invitational, a culinary event designed to foster mentorship and nurture culinary excellence. Taking place July 23 at the 2011 ACF National Convention at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, the reception/dinner will feature five teams: four two-person teams and their mentors representing each of the four ACF regions and one at-large team, as they prepare the cuisine that best represents their region. Your team could win registration to this year’s convention and to the 2012 World Association of Chefs Societies International Congress in Seoul, South Korea. Apply by May 13.

Enter Diamond Crystal’s Sweepstakes and Win a Trip to ACF Convention

Alton Brown

Alton Brown to Present

Foodservice operators 21 years and older who are legal residents of the U.S. are invited to enter Diamond Crystal’s 3D promotion. One winner will receive a trip for two to the 2011 ACF National Convention in Dallas, July 22–26, where Alton Brown will give a presentation. Operators will also receive a free, autographed copy of Brown’s latest book, Good Eats 2 (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010), with a five-case/bag purchase of Cargill salt. Offer valid through May 30. Enter

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The Coming Famine—Is it Inevitable?

College Green Initiative

International Foodservice Sustainability Symposium

Chris Koetke, CEC, CCE, executive director of Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and vice president of Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts, sits down with Australian author Julian Cribb to discuss his new book, The Coming Famine, and his upcoming address as a featured speaker at the International Foodservice Sustainability Symposium (IFSS). In part one of this two-part series presented by the American Culinary Federation and Kendall College, Koetke explores with Cribb what his book portends, and whether or not chefs can do anything to head off the famine at the pass. More

The IFSS is the first sustainability conference exclusively focused on the restaurant and foodservice industry supported by co-founding sponsors Kendall College and the National Restaurant Association Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability. The symposium, taking place May 24–25 in Chicago following the NRA Show 2011, will tackle complex environmental issues, including emerging technologies, green building and food. More

Extinguishing Inflammation


Chronic inflammation has been linked to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and asthma. Today, inflammation is understood to be a warning sign and a possible trigger for a number of medical conditions, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease. A key component to battling inflammation can be as simple as eating the right foods. Read Extinguishing Inflammation, April’s “Culinary Nutrition News,” sponsored by French’s Foodservice and provided through a partnership between ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education

  • CAFE Teaching Strategies/Best Practices
  • Leadership Through New Ideas
  • Sustainability Conference
  • International Desserts
  • Catering Operations/Curriculum

Instructor scholarships available! For more information on 2011 CAFÉ events, to read this month’s “Gold Medal Classroom” or to sign up for regular updates on CAFÉ programs, news and opportunities for foodservice educators and culinary trainers, visit

Food Network Seeks Executive Chefs

Network Are you an executive chef or chef de cuisine who’s ready for an adventure, new job and new career at a high-end restaurant in Southern California? If so, Food Network invites you to apply for a new series that challenges chefs to showcase their skills. Interested chefs must submit their name, age, contact information, city, state, résumé, two or more photos, current occupation, brief bio and why they are interested in the competition to

ACFEF Secondary Certification Celebrates 10th Anniversary

American Culinary Federation Education 
Foundation American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Secondary Certification celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011, and recognizes 23 programs that began as ACCESS ACF and are now known as ACFEF Secondary Certified programs. Each program will be recognized during a regional conference. ACFEF Secondary Certified programs have come into compliance with all national standards and competencies. As we move on to the next 10 years, the secondary programs will be adding sustainability competencies to their nationally recognized competencies.

ACFEF Secondary Committee members are: Bruce Davis; Wes Goodman; Brian Peffley, CEPC, CCE; Christopher Plemmons, CEC, AAC; Paul Santaularia, CEC, CCE; and Chris Koetke, CEC, CCE, chair-elect of the ACFEF Accrediting Commission.

U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition

Military Chefs

ACF was proud to support the 36th Annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition held March 3–9 at Fort Lee, Va. This is the largest culinary competition in North America, with 251 competitors and 39 different competition categories, and with 738 judged events throughout the competition. Judges for the ACF-sanctioned competition included ACF members: Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC; Gunther Heiland, CMPC, AAC; David Longstaff, CEC, AAC; Louis Perrotte, CEC, AAC; Tom Recinella, CEC, AAC; Roland Schaeffer, CEC, AAC, HOF, lead judge; and Mark Warren, CEC, AAC.

Russell Campbell, CEC, competition chair, welcomed ACF National President Michael Ty, CEC, AAC, to the competition. Ty met with Fort Lee military leaders. ACF National Secretary David Ivey-Soto, CEC, CCA, gave a demonstration and Southeast Region Vice President Jeff Bacon, CEC, CCA, also attended to show his support.

ACF continues to make strides in strengthening the relationship with the military, and this competition is a good reflection of the partnership. Thank you to those ACF judges and board members who participated, and congratulations to all competitors.