The Culinary Insider - August 29, 2011 (Vol. IX, Issue 19)

2012 Award Applications Due Oct. 31

Award Winners

Award applications for 2012 are due Oct. 31 for U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions; 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, Chef Educator of the Year and Student Chef of the Year winners 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 his or her choice. Download an application or call (800) 624-9458, ext. 114, or (904) 484-0214 for information.

Educators, Your Help is Needed to Define Professionalism in Culinary Arts

Go to questionnaire When we speak of professionalism in culinary arts, what do we really mean? ACF member Glenn R. Mack, a doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University and president of Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta, is conducting a research study to narrow our industry definition and, ultimately, find effective ways to teach, measure and instill professional values and behaviors in the workplace and the culinary classroom. Educators are asked to complete a brief questionnaire that will take less than five minutes.

All survey responses are voluntary and confidential. Answers are anonymous unless you wish to identify yourself through your email address. More

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The Chicken or the Egg

Mexican Frittatas

Did you know that the U.S. produces about 75 billion eggs a year, which is about 10 percent of the world’s supply? Because of their high protein content, low cost and ready availability, eggs, particularly chicken eggs, are an excellent food source. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, and according to the USDA, the average amount of cholesterol in one large egg is 185 milligrams, a 14 percent decrease from previous estimates. Besides being exceptionally nutritious, eggs are also extremely versatile. Read more and learn how to make Mini Mexican Frittatas in September’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 it 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

Childhood Nutrition Day October 16

Childhood Nutrition Day Support the ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and hold an event or activity in your community for Childhood Nutrition Day Oct. 16 to fight childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity. Together, we can raise awareness about the need for education on childhood hunger, proper nutrition and obesity issues. Learn more about what your chapter can do from other chapter events.

Strut Your Duck Recipe Contest

Strut Your Duck Video Recipe Contest

Enter the Strut Your Duck Video Recipe Contest for a chance to win $4,000. Maple Leaf Farms is looking for creative recipes using Maple Leaf Farms duck products. Submit your original video recipe by Oct. 22 for a chance to win one of these top prizes: Grand Prize, $4,000; first place runner-up, $2,500; second place runner-up, $1,000. Details