The Culinary Insider - July 5, 2011 (Vol. IX, Issue 15)

Sam Kass, Alton Brown and Much More at 2011 ACF National Convention

Sam Kass
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Online Registration Closes July 8

Experience the Power of Connection at the 2011 ACF National Convention through the many professional-development and networking opportunities, July 22–26, in Dallas. We have an impressive lineup, from General Session’s keynote speaker Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, to the Food Network’s Alton Brown. There is something for everyone from hands-on demonstrations, educational seminars and competitions to networking functions, fabulous meal events and more. Don’t forget the trade show July 24–25. Learn more and register.

Student Culinarian Invitational Features Regional Cuisine

Plated Dish

Missouri Bootheel duet of pork brisket; scallops with corn/peach salsa; orange/mango Florida-style barbecue ribs; Asian pear, napa cabbage and carrot slaw; and caramel/bacon bread pudding are just a few of the delicacies that the two-person student teams will be cooking up at the Student Culinarian Invitational fundraising reception, Saturday, July 23, at ACF national convention, July 22–26, Dallas. Meet the teams, view their menus and purchase tickets. It is going to be a spectacular evening and one you shouldn’t miss.

CookCool Top Trim Coat by Happy Chef

Chef Coat

Stand out without breaking a sweat in the CookCool Top Trim Chef Coat. Its vents & moisture-wicking microfiber keep you cool; its classic double-breasted design and tasteful trim accents make a great impression on customers. Available for as low as $19.95!

Tilapia: Ingredient of the Month


Tilapia is a tender, flaky white fish that has long been a staple source of protein in developing nations. Lacking the fishy taste associated with most types of seafood, tilapia has a mild flavor that allows it to absorb flavors of other spices or sauces. High in protein, vitamin B12 and potassium, but low in fat, tilapia is identified as one of the more healthy fish that doctors recommend eating twice a week to protect against heart disease. Read more and learn how to make Panko-Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Fillets with Tomato Basil Relish in July’s Ingredient of the Month, presented by ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

Summer Special on Leadership Training for Chefs is excited to announce a special summer rate of $119 for its 12-hour Supervisor Leadership Course approved by ACF. That’s 50% off if purchased separately. Training is 100% online making is accessible anytime, anywhere. You will learn the keys on how to build, lead and unify your staff as well as how to conquer destructive personalities and behavior in the kitchen. Maximize your leadership potential and satisfy your supervisory training requirements at

Becoming a CMC®

ACF Certified Master Chef Logo To further highlight the achievement of the five chefs who recently earned the Certified Master Chef® designation, a short documentary is now available that profiles a number of the candidates and shares the challenges and obstacles that were overcome to earn the CMC®. Get to know the candidates and discover what is expected each day of the eight-day exam, Becoming a CMC®.

Food Network Star Casting Call

The Next Food Network Star Logo

Do you think you have what it takes to be a TV star and host your own show? Here’s your chance! The Food Network is casting for season eight of the Next Food Network Star. You can be self-taught or professionally trained or somewhere in between, but you should know your way around the kitchen. Read the rules and apply.

BBQ Sauce Starters by R.L. Schreiber

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R.L. Schreiber proudly introduces BBQ Sauce Starters! These paste concentrates are, customizable, cost effective, and designed as mother sauces allowing you to unleash your creativity! Create during the quick cook up process, add your favorite beer, juice, or cola and save time and money! As these products are concentrated pastes as opposed to premade gallons, you’ll also save storage space in your kitchen! Visit booth number 329 to taste these delicious and innovative products today!

Job Hunting in Today’s Economy

Laptop Computer

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 emailed directly to you. Sign up today.

Discover Duck™ Chef Recipe Contest

Submit up to three original easy-to-prepare duck recipes and help new cooks discover duck by the August 5 deadline. The contest is open to professional chefs and students enrolled in a culinary school. Chef category prizes are $5,000 for grand, $3,000 for second and $1,500 for third; students receive $2,500 for grand prize and $1,500 for second. Apply