The Culinary Insider - August 13, 2012 (Vol. X, Issue 17)

Congratulations to Certified Master Chef® Jason Hall

Jason Hall

Congratulations to Certified Master® Chef Jason Hall, who was awarded his CMC® designation on Aug. 11, after successfully completing the ACF’s grueling eight-day Certified Master Chef® (CMC®) exam, Aug. 4–11, sponsored by McCormick For Chefs. Obtaining the CMC designation is an enormous accomplishment and Chef Hall earned it. More

We sincerely thank The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) team, the CMC evaluators, the apprentices and our exam sponsor, McCormick For Chefs, without them this exam would not have been possible. We also thank the six other CMC candidates, as each of them displayed tremendous courage and the qualities of a chef that make us proud.

Read about each day of the exam, learn about the test and find out who were the evaluators. ACF took you into the kitchens at the CIA with updates, videos and photos on our website and through Twitter with the hashtag #ACFCMC and Facebook.

U.S. Dept. of Labor Recognizes ACFEF Apprenticeship Program with U.S. Army

92G Apprenticeship ACFEF’s apprenticeship program with the U.S. Army was one of 70 apprenticeship programs out of 24,000 nationwide recognized in Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, by the U.S. Department of Labor as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator. The award was presented during a summit to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act. It honors apprenticeship programs that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and had a significant impact on the needs of the U.S. industry and workforce in the 21st Century. ACF was recognized for its partnership with the U.S. Army in creating the 92G Credentialing Apprenticeship Program. More

Euro Fit Chef Coat

Happy Chef chef's coat

Our Euro Fit Chef Coat is favored by chefs looking for both style and comfort. Contrast piping highlights the collar, sleeves, and chest pocket, while lightweight fabric & short sleeves keep you cool. Features wrinkle-resistant, soil-release fabric to cut down on care costs. Available in 3 classic colors, starting at $13.95.

Win $10,000 for Your ACF Chapter by Supporting the Chef & Child Foundation

Lunch Break for Kids The ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation (CCF) is challenging all ACF chapters to support Lunch Break for Kids for Childhood Nutrition Day during the month of October. The chapter in each region that makes the biggest impact for childhood nutrition will win $10,000.

ACF chapters are asked to host a fundraiser by selling healthy and delicious lunches the week of Oct. 15–19, and/or host a community outreach event to teach children and their families about the importance of healthy eating, and submit a video showcasing the event. The winners will be announced at their respective ACF regional conferences and will compete to win an additional $10,000 at the 2013 ACF National Convention, July 22–25, in Las Vegas.

This challenge was made possible through a partnership with the makers of Hidden Valley® Salad Dressings for a second consecutive year. Learn more, read the requirements and register.

2013 ACF Student Team Competition Applications Due Aug. 30

Student competitors

Student teams interested in competing in the 2013 Student Team competitions, sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc., are required to register with the ACF national office. An Intent to Compete form must be completed and received by ACF no later than Aug. 30. The assigned classical entree is Poulet Saute Bercy, recipe #3189. For more information, email ACF Events or call (800) 624-9458, ext. 143, or (904) 484-0243.

ACF Recertification Scholarships

American Culinary Federation Professional Certification The ACF Board of Directors and ACF Certification Commission have established a Certification Scholarship program for chefs who are in the recertification process and are experiencing financial hardship. Applications are due Oct. 31 and scholarships will be awarded by Jan. 31, 2013. Review the requirements to see if you qualify for assistance. More

Your Potato Appetizer Recipe Could Be Worth $1,500

Famous Idaho Potatoes The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) has extended the deadline for its Get the Party Started! Recipe Contest to Aug. 31. An exclusive opportunity for ACF members, the IPC is offering attractive cash prizes—up to $1,500—for Idaho® potato appetizer recipes. In addition, the first 75 entrants will receive an authentic Swiss Army watch valued at $75. More

ACF National Elections for 2013–2015

Board member nominations

Nominations for ACF national officers for the 2013–2015 two-year term are being accepted until Dec. 1, 2012. You can learn more by visiting ACF’s Nominations & Elections page on the ACF website that will be updated frequently. Please contact ACF Nominations & Elections Committee Chair Mark Kent, CEC, AAC, at (330) 972-2349 if you have any questions.