The Culinary Insider - April 22, 2013 (Vol. XI, Issue 8)

Chefs, Students and ACF Chapters Honored at ACF Western Conference

Chef with medal and ribbon

The 2013 ACF Western Regional Conference, hosted by ACF Chefs de Cuisine of the Inland Northwest, at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, April 12–15, was a success with hundreds of chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals in attendance. More than 25 chefs, students and chapters were honored at the conference. Many of these award winners will compete against their regional counterparts at the 2013 ACF National Convention in Las Vegas, July 21–25. Find out who were the competition winners and honorees, and view the photos.

2013 Classic Cotton Executive Chef Coat

Chef coats

We’ve upgraded our Cotton Classic Executive Chef Coat with interchangeable white cloth and black stud buttons for added versatility and elegance. Premium cotton twill fabric delivers comfort and distinction, while chest and sleeve pockets provide plenty of storage. Shop now.

Ingredient of the Month: Rhubarb

Rhubarb apple crisp

When raw, rhubarb stalks are crisp and tart with a texture similar to celery. Different varieties offer a range of sizes and colors, but all share a tangy flavor caused by oxalic acid in the long leaf stalks, the only edible part of the plant. Learn more about rhubarb and get the recipe for Rhubarb Apple Crisp in April’s Ingredient of the Month, provided through a partnership between ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University. More

ACF’s National Apprenticeship Training Program for Cooks: Baking & Pastry Station

Baking & Pastry Station cover

ACF and American Technical Publishers are making it easier to train cooks with 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. More

The Baking & Pastry Station module covers all aspects of baking, from equipment and tools, to preparation, to the production and presentation of baked goods. In this station, learners will become skilled in the basics of preparing classical and contemporary baked products and pastries by preparing breads, cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, pastries, and specialty desserts. Equipment is also a focus, as well as sustainable practices for conserving energy. Learn more and purchase.

Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFE)

CAFE 2013 Events for Educators
Connecting with the Future
9th-Annual Leadership Conference
June 20–22
Johnson & Wales University and Miami Dade College

Registration includes opening-night reception; two breakfasts/two lunches/all breaks; conference materials/all sessions; transportation from hotel to both venues; and ACF continuing-education hours for certification. Also, enjoy New World flavors in a unique dining experience from Chef Norman Van Aken!

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Choose Your Leaders in ACF’s National Officer Elections


Voting for ACF’s national officers for the 2013–2015 term is May 6–27, 2013. The email ballot subject line is ACF OFFICIAL ELECTION BALLOT. Mark Kent, CEC, AAC, chair, ACF Nominations & Elections Committee, will cast all proxy votes and announce election results at a members’ meeting June 11 at the ACF national office in St. Augustine, Fla. If you have questions about the elections, call Mark Kent, CEC, AAC, at (330) 972-2349.

TV Casting Calls

Casting Call The Great Food Truck Race

The Great Food Truck Race is searching for chefs to compete for the chance to own and operate their very first food truck. Email your name, age, photo, proposed teammates and their photos, a description of your culinary background and the idea for your truck.

Food Court Wars

Are you passionate about food and have you always dreamed about owning an eatery of your own? Two teams battle head-to-head to win a restaurant space within a local mall rent free for a year. Apply

Can you make the cut or will you get Chopped?

Can you create a $10,000 meal out of our mystery baskets? Chopped casting is now seeking skilled, creative and competitive professional chefs. Apply

Do you post food videos, blogs or reviews online?

Are you a funny food fan with an over-the-top personality who regularly posts food blogs, videos or reviews online? The Food Network is looking for food people with a popular web presence to guest on a new food/travel show. Apply

Chef Wanted

If you have a restaurant in need of a chef or know a chef in need of a job, apply for Chef Wanted.

Top Chef Season 11

Do you have what it takes to be the next Top Chef? Chefs with a passion for food, ingenuity, a thorough knowledge of cooking techniques and trends and charisma apply for Top Chef Season 11.