The Culinary Insider - December 3, 2012 (Vol. X, Issue 25)

1,000 Chefs Support Childhood Nutrition Day

Chef & children

Lunch Break for Kids supporting Childhood Nutrition Day in partnership with Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings & dips was a huge success, reaching more than 10,000 participants during the month of October. Sixty-five chapters and five celebrity chefs participated by holding fundraisers and/or outreach events promoting healthier eating habits among kids and families. All proceeds from the event benefited the Chef & Child Foundation to help create nutrition-based educational resources for chefs involved in outreach programs.

Stay tuned for an update on the 10K Challenge in the December 17 issue of The Culinary Insider.

Represent the United States in the Culinary Global Arena

ACF Culinary Team USA What does it take to become a member of ACF Culinary Team USA? It takes passion, dedication and the desire to take your skills to the next level. Apply today to try out for ACF Culinary Team USA and you could be part of a remarkable group of chefs representing the United States at the 2016 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA), also known as the “culinary Olympics,” in Erfurt, Germany. Applications will be accepted through January 19, 2013, with tryouts following. Learn more and apply.

Buy an ACF-Branded Executive Chef Coat

Chef&s coat

Display your membership with pride: purchase an officially licensed ACF Piped Front Executive Chef Coat. Available with bronze trim in black or white, this double-breasted jacket features a prominent ACF logo on the right sleeve and an American flag on the back collar. See product details & pricing now.

Boosting Foods

Plated dish

With the holiday season upon us, we also get the rippling effect of the cold and flu season. Flu shots, washing hands, downing vitamins, drinking water, exercising and getting enough sleep are all ways to help build up your body’s immune system. Working in a restaurant, you may find it difficult to find time to drink eight cups of water and get eight hours of sleep. Don’t fret. A healthy diet may prove to be your body’s best protection against unwanted pathogens. There are some foods that have exceeded healthful expectations, being deemed immune-boosting foods. Find out about these foods in December’s “Culinary Nutrition News,” Cold Case: Revealing Immune-Boosting Foods, sponsored by French’s Foodservice and provided through a partnership between ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

2013 Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl Applications Due

Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl Applications for the 2013 Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers, are due Dec. 31. It is required that each team be sponsored by an ACF chapter, ACFEF apprenticeship program or ACFEF-accredited program. Team members registered by the deadline will receive the second edition of Culinary Arts Principles and Applications thanks to the generosity of American Technical Publishers. More Offers ACF-Approved Continuing Education Hours is excited to announce ACF approval of 12-hours of culinary content by their international chef instructors. Get your CEH’s now that include 5-hours in Food Management (allergens, nutrition, kitchen recycling and children menus) and 7-hours on the keys to baking (shop 101, cake making, cake mixing and herbs, seeds and more). has combined all 12-hours with its 12-hour supervisory course for a SPECIAL $199 course rate for all 24-hours if enrolled before Dec. 31, 2012. Get it NOW!

Chef Competing in “4G for Hunger” Selects ACF’s Chef & Child Foundation

Vote Atlanta chef Shane McIntosh is competing in the Verizon “4G For Hunger” campaign, which gives four culinarians the opportunity to win $4,000 for their hunger-relief charity of choice. McIntosh, an exuberant chef who has been likened to “Julia Child with tattoos,” has chosen ACF’s Chef & Child Foundation as the charity to benefit if he wins. Learn more about the campaign and vote for McIntosh.

Chefpertise Guide Features ACF Certified Chefs


ACF’s Chefpertise Guide is a searchable online database featuring ACF-certified chef experts available for media interviews and community events. The more than 200 chefs featured represent 40 states and several countries. They specialize in a range of culinary topics, from Italian cuisine to healthy cooking. Chefs who hold the Certified Chef de Cuisine® designation or higher are invited to apply.

ACFEF Disaster Relief Recovery

ACF and the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Disaster Relief Task Force are here to support ACF members affected by Superstorm Sandy. If you, or any ACF member you are aware of, need assistance because of this disaster, complete the PDF ACFEF Disaster Relief Fund ACF Member Assistance Request form and return it to ACFEF Disaster Relief Task Force Fund, American Culinary Federation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095. You may also fax the form to (904) 825-4758. For more information, email

ACF members who want to make a donation to the ACFEF Disaster Relief Fund can do so by going to and logging in to the ACF website. Donations can also be mailed to the above address. Members who want to volunteer time or large quantities of food, email