The Culinary Insider - October 10, 2011 (Vol. IX, Issue 22)

Salary Survey for Culinarians

Chefs & children
Watch Your Email for the Survey

Completed Survey Responses Due Nov. 4

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2011 ACF salary survey. This survey is exclusive to the culinary industry and is a benefit made available only to ACF members and survey participants.

ACF members will receive an email from Industry Insights, Inc., our independent third-party vendor, in the next few days with a link and instructions for completing the survey. Responses will be sent directly to Industry Insights to ensure confidentiality, and no information will be shared outside Industry Insights.

We hope you acknowledge the value of this survey and recognize the critical importance of your participation. Thank you in advance for your support and collaboration on this important project.

Happy Chef’s October Specials

60% off October sale

Take advantage of our October specials 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!

ACFEF Disaster Relief Answers Call from Tornado Ravaged Joplin, Mo.


More than 50 ACF chefs and culinary students from Missouri, Texas and South Carolina came together September 25 in Joplin, Mo., to feed 5,000 volunteers who participated in the fifth annual Great Day of Service, organized by Sid Davis of College Heights Christian Church in Joplin. In June, the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Disaster Relief Task Force donated $10,000 worth of gift cards to ACF members, students enrolled in area ACFEF-accredited programs and residents who were affected by the tornado. Lynn Krause, CEPC, AAC, chair of the ACFEF Disaster Relief Task Force, spearheaded ACFEF’s involvement. More

Mushrooms: Ingredient of the Month

potato-stuffed mushrooms

Mushrooms have long been revered as a powerful source of nutrients. Often grouped with vegetables, mushrooms provide many of the nutritional attributes found in produce, as well as those found in meat, beans and grains. Mushrooms are low in calories, are fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients such as selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin D. Read more and learn how to make Mashed Potato-Stuffed Mushrooms with Mushroom Sauce in October’s Ingredient of the Month presented by the ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

New Course Launched at is excited to announce its newest course Food to Soil, Soil to Food. This informative one-hour course presented by Nick Versteeg, focuses on recycling in the kitchen. The course teaches students an understanding of recycling of food waste, plastic, paper, glass, cardboard boxes, grease & oils. It also shows what happens with these recycled products. SPECIAL OFFER: Any ACF member who takes the course receives a promo code at the conclusion for $40 off our ACF-approved Leadership Mastery Course. Quality training enhances your possibilities. Let MyCulinaryCampus be your training partner helping you excel in the culinary profession.

Get Your ACF Chapter in the News

Front pages of newspapers

In an effort to create more local coverage for chapter events, many chapters are now renewing their public relations efforts. Therefore, ACF has developed the following documents to assist chapters in their quest to publicize activities and member achievements through their local media. They can be downloaded behind the member login on the ACF website. Login to the website, then go to the Members Only section followed by Resources. Under Resources you will find the documents under Public Relations. You will also find your ACF chapter logo in the Resources section.

Press Release Essentials
Sample Press Release
Sample Certification Release
How to Pitch to Local Media
Media Pitching Tips
Pitching Your Event to Media
What to Do When the Media Calls for an Interview

Discover New Menu Destinations


New Taste Travelers™ from McCain® pack globally inspired recipes with recognizable ingredients into guest-friendly forms. Explore applications like small plates and bar menus or add them to your core appetizer menu to please today’s adventurous guests. Try a sample.

The Clock is Ticking: 2012 Award Applications Due Oct. 31

Plated Food

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 the 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.