The Culinary Insider - September 12, 2011 (Vol. IX, Issue 20)

ACF Chefs Advance in TV Competitions


Congratulations to Wade Burch, CEC®, for winning the Food Network’s Chopped “Champion’s Tournament: Part 1,” Aug. 30. He now advances to the final round of the tournament airing Sept. 27.

Top Chef:  Just Desserts Megan Ketover, CEPC®, and Orlando Santos, CEPC®, advanced to the fourth round of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts” that airs Sept. 14. Ketover, for the second time, has been a member of the team winning the elimination challenge Aug. 31 and Sept. 7.

Basic American Foods Potato Products Earn Seal of Approval

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Basic American Foods’ Potato Pearls® Premium Gold Mashed Potatoes and Redskin Mashed Potatoes have been awarded the ACF Seal of Approval. ACF’s rigorous testing criteria was applied to the products, which were tested using several preparation methods, including a variety of mashed potato dishes and casseroles.

“Our Potato Pearls® Premium Gold Mashed Potatoes and Redskin Mashed Potatoes were developed with the highest flavor and performance standards of the nation’s most talented chefs in mind,” said Robin Jensen, director of marketing, Basic American Foods. More

Happy Chef’s September Specials

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Take advantage of our September sales and save up to 60% off a wide selection of chef apparel and other ACF member favorites.

Get some of your favorite items at the lowest prices ever, but hurry! Many items are clearance-priced. Buy now and save before they’re gone!

The Fall Issue of Sizzle Is Now Available


Don’t miss the fall issue of Sizzle, ACF’s free online magazine for culinary and baking/pastry students. In this issue, you’ll learn how to prepare steak au poivre two ways; discover menu trends with ethnic appetizers; find out what the life of a hospital chef is like; learn how to make Neapolitan gelato, plus much more. You can also read about the student award winners who took top honors at the ACF National Convention in Dallas in July. Take a few minutes to strengthen your culinary knowledge and get inspired. Subscribe for free.

Accreditation Granted to 53 Culinary Programs in U.S., Philippines and Peru

American Culinary Federation Education 
Foundation Fifty-three culinary programs in 23 educational institutions across the United States and in the Philippines and Peru received programmatic accreditation by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Accrediting Commission. Initial ACFEF programmatic accreditation was granted to 15 culinary programs and 38 accreditations for culinary programs were renewed. Upon renewal, 18 of the programs were recognized by the ACFEF Accrediting Commission as exemplary, symbolizing the highest in educational standards. More

The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education

CAFE Catering Operations/Curriculum Workshop

October 21–23, 2011
Sullivan University, Louisville, Ky.

First-ever CAFÉ workshop at first accredited U.S. culinary program to elevate catering to a stand-alone degree! Highlights:

  • Keynoter Michael Roman, Catersource Magazine, Conference and Tradeshow
  • Techniques from buffet designs to menuing and pricing
  • Profitable impressive desserts
  • Sous vide for on-site, off-site

Approved for ACF continuing-education hours!

$374 includes all scheduled events and materials. Register at 2011 CAFÉ Events

Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger

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letter from Barack Obama

President Obama Acknowledges Dr. Bill Gallagher

Dr. Bill Gallagher, along with the World Association of Chefs Societies, South African Chefs Association, Bidvest, Southern Sun and more than 250 chefs from 44 countries, including ACF’s National President Michael Ty, CEC, AAC, were in South Africa August 21–30 for the Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger. President Barack Obama acknowledged Gallagher’s humanitarian efforts and extended his best wishes to him in his endeavors to end world hunger, in a letter dated Aug. 17.

The body of the letter reads:

This is just a quick note to send my warmest wishes as you continue your work to end hunger around the world.

Guided by a commitment to lifting up the lives of others, leaders like you highlight the power of people across the globe to come together to tackle our shared challenges. As we strive toward a future free from hunger and poverty, I hope you take pride in your efforts to join chefs in common purpose to reach for a brighter tomorrow.

Thank you, again, and I wish you all the best.

Clearance Sale at ACF E-Store

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Are you looking to update your wardrobe with some new ACF clothing or other merchandise? If the answer is yes, then visit ACF’s online store. The e-store is offering clearance merchandise at extremely low prices to make room for new inventory. Shop today.