The Culinary Insider - February 13, 2012 (Vol. X, Issue 4)

Michelle Obama Announces New Chefs Move to Schools Website and Coalition Led by ACF and School Nutrition Association

Screenshot of First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled new efforts to expand the Chefs Move to Schools program, which helps chefs and schools team up to educate children about healthy food choices, Feb. 10 at the Kleberg/Rylie Recreation Center in Dallas. Joined by renowned chef Tom Colicchio, six “Top Chef” chef’testants and members of the Dallas Cowboys, Mrs. Obama unveiled a new Chefs Move to Schools website, The site is a one-stop shop for chefs and schools, allowing them to sign up for the program; access training, recipes and resources; and learn how chefs and schools across the country are partnering to create healthier school environments.

The site was created thanks to a new coalition of leading culinary, nutrition and school organizations that will oversee the Chefs Move to Schools program. Leading the coalition are the American Culinary Federation and School Nutrition Association. Also joining are Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN), The Culinary Trust, Harvard School of Public Health, International Corporate Chefs Association, SupermarketGuru|The Lempert Report, National Food Service Management Institute, Partnership for a Healthier America, Share Our Strength and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More

Executive Quality Chef Apparel for Less

Black & white chef coats Browse Happy Chef’s online catalog and choose from dozens of affordable chef coats. We have the largest selection of colors in both traditional and modern styles. Personalize your coat with the ACF logo or your own custom embroidery. See our full line of executive chef coats, starting at $19.95.

Eat Lunch Out for Lunch Break for Schools and Support Chefs Move to Schools

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Eat lunch out at a participating venue one day during the week of February 27 to March 2 for Lunch Break for Schools. The fundraiser organized by Hidden Valley and the ACF will support the Chef & Child Foundation and the creation of nutrition-based educational resources for chefs involved in Chefs Move to Schools.

All it takes is one lunch to support childhood nutrition education and promote proper nutrition in schools. Join Suzanne Goin Feb. 27 at Tavern on Brentwood, Los Angeles; Michael Kornick at MK Chicago, Chicago, and Brenda Langton at Spoonriver, Minneapolis, Feb. 29; or find a location in your area.

National Apprenticeship Training Program for Cooks Now Available

ACF and American Technical Publishers are making it easier for restaurants, companies, schools, military bases and educational facilities to train young cooks to become sous chefs with the release of the National Apprenticeship Training Program for Cooks. The series—sold as 10 individual modules or a book—covers the 10 ACFEF Apprenticeship Program stations and outlines culinary techniques that have been validated by the culinary industry and sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Labor and the ACF Education Foundation Apprenticeship Committee. 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

ACFEF Grants Programmatic Accreditation to 25 Culinary Programs

American Culinary Federation Education 
Foundation Twenty-five culinary programs in 14 educational institutions across the United States received programmatic accreditation from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Accrediting Commission at the Accrediting Commission meeting held at Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 29. Initial accreditation was granted to 12 culinary programs and 13 accreditations were renewed, of which 10 were recognized as exemplary, symbolizing the highest in educational standards. More

Why Most Diets Fail and How You Can Help

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Millions of people go on a diet each year. Three in 10 Americans—25 percent of men and 32 percent of women—are trying to lose weight, according to a Gallup poll published Nov. 28, 2011. A recent study of 31 long-term diet plans conducted by the American Psychological Association found that up to two-thirds of participants ended up heavier than when they started. Chefs, walk into your dining room and look around…someone is bound to be dieting. Read more in February’s “Culinary Nutrition News” sponsored by French’s Foodservice and provided through a partnership between ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

In the Kitchen With Richard Rosendale, CMC

Richard Rosendale
Richard Rosendale, CMC

Richard Rosendale knows life can change in an instant. That was the case for him Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, as the lights shone bright and cameras flashed following the announcement that he would represent the United States in the 2013 Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine Contest in Lyon, France, in January 2013. Read our complete interview with Rosendale in our “In the Kitchen With” web feature. More

Save the Date!

Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education
8th-Annual Leadership Conference
July 21–23, 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

Visit for registration, hotel information, instructor scholarships and awards. Subscribe for weekly programming updates.

Casting Calls

Professional Chefs and Amateur Cooks

If you have the charm, charisma, culinary skills and are available May and June, then Fresh One, Jamie Oliver’s production company, wants to hear from you. Email a culinary video of yourself with your name, photo (no older than six months), number, city you are living in, witty message and COOKS ADVENTURE in the subject line to Remember to mention you are an ACF member.


Are you a chef that hunts your own food and can prepare it to eat? Are you energetic, personable and like to serve your cuisine to celebrities while dazzling them with your culinary skills? If yes, then Big Fish Casting wants to hear from you. They are currently developing a show and are casting for a chef/hunter/host. Email for more information and don’t forget to mention ACF.