The Culinary Insider - January 30, 2012 (Vol. X, Issue 3)

Rosendale Wins Bocuse d’Or USA

Richard Rosendale & Corey Siegel
Photo credit: Bonjwing Lee

Congratulations to ACF members Richard Rosendale, CMC, and his commis, Corey Siegel, CC, for winning the Bocuse d’Or USA competition, Jan. 29, at The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y. Jeffrey Lizotte placed second receiving a silver medal and ACF member William Bradley took third with a bronze medal and Danny Cerqueda placed fourth. Rosendale will spend the next year training for the international Bocuse d’Or competition with Jerome Bocuse, Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, HHOF, an ACF national member, among others. No American has ever placed better than sixth in the competition, which was created by Paul Bocuse in 1987. More

AAC 2012 Candidates for Induction

The American Academy of Chefs Congratulations to the following 2012 candidates that will be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the ACF, at the ACF National Convention, July 14–17, in Orlando. This is a tremendous accomplishment for these chefs as the AAC represents the highest standards of professionalism in the organization, society and industry. Learn more about the inductees.

Clark V. Braun, CEC
James F. Connolly, CEC
Shawn L. Hanlin, CEC
Brian A. Hardy, CEC, CCA
Raymond A. Hilligoss, CCE
David W. Knickrehm, CEC
Franz X. Kubak, CEC
Roger W. Newell, CEC, CCE, CCA
Michael D. Paradiso, CEPC
Douglas J. Petruzzi, CEC
Gary J. Rawson, CEC
Ryan C. “RC” Schroeder, Jr., CEC
Gregory M. Skibinski, CEC
Christopher A. Tanner, CEC, WCC, CHE
Randy J. Torres, CEC
Barry R. Young, CEC, CCE, ACE

Last Chance for New Year Specials


This is your last week to save up to 60% off this month’s selection of Happy Chef apparel and accessories. Buy coats, hats, pants, and knives at blowout prices, or see our exclusive selection of officially-licensed ACF merchandise. Don’t miss out on the savings—these January 2012 specials are almost gone!

Ronald DeSantis, CMC®, AAC®, CHE, Named ACF Certification Commission Chair

Ronald DeSantis
Photo credit: Keith Ferris/CIA

Certified Master Chef® (CMC®) Ronald DeSantis, AAC®, CHE, of Staatsburg, N.Y., began his two-year term as chair of the ACF Certification Commission at the group’s biannual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 13–14. DeSantis, director of culinary excellence and quality assurance for Yale Dining at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., says he and the commission’s 16 other current members will focus on increasing the awareness and credibility of ACF certification. More

You Could Win $100,000 in 2012 EXCITING NEWS: In 2012, a chef could win $100,000 in’s Pic-Til-You-Win contest during ACF’s National Convention. It's simple to qualify. For every hour of coursework you take at, you receive a ticket in the contest.

SPECIAL OFFER: Take a 12-hour supervisory course and receive Chef Joel Schaefer’s book, Serving People with Food Allergies: Kitchen Management and Menu Creation, FREE (retails for $50).

COURSE NEWS: 8-hours of new courses on pastries and food allergies are due out this spring. For more details, go to

Galbani® Mozzarella Caprese Challenge

Caprese salad

Sponsored by Lactalis Foodservice and Galbani® Mozzarella

Do you think you can make an award-winning caprese salad featuring Galbani® Mozzarella and without using fresh tomatoes? If so, ACF invites you to enter the Galbani® Mozzarella Caprese Challenge for a chance to win a $7,500 gift certificate toward new kitchen equipment.

Enter to win! Four competitors from each ACF region will be selected based on their recipe submissions and will compete at their respective ACF regional conference. Second-, third- and fourth-place regional participants will receive $500, $250 and $100, respectively. Regional winners will receive $750 and airfare, hotel accommodations and registration to compete at the 2012 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., July 14–17. The national second-place runner-up will win a cheese making course with Three Shepherds Farm at the Inn at Round Barn in Vermont’s Mad River Valley. The national grand prize winner will claim the glory and a $7,500 gift certificate toward new kitchen equipment. Review the rules and apply by the deadline.

Save the Date!

Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education
8th-Annual Leadership Conference
June 22–24, 2012
Hosted by The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio

New presenters, themes and ideas for foodservice instructors! Highlights include:

  • Full day of Educational Best Practices
  • Trends from industry leaders
  • Included: all programming, reception, meals, InfoFair and ACF CEHs
  • Luxury all-suite Riverfront hotel @ $129/night

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Ingredient of the Month: Sorghum

Chocolate chip 
banana muffins

This cereal grass has broad, corn-like leaves and huge clusters of cereal grain at the end of tall, pithy stalks. Though it is said to be the third most important cereal crop grown in the U.S., it is primarily used as a feed grain for livestock. In terms of human consumption, sorghum can be made into flour and syrup, similar to molasses. It is a powerhouse of nutrition, rich in antioxidants and a good source of fiber and protein. The flour is also gluten-free, which makes it a valuable commodity in baked goods.

Read more and learn how to make Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins in February’s Ingredient of the Month, sponsored by French’s Foodservice and provided through a partnership between ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.