The Culinary Insider - May 6, 2013 (Vol. XI, Issue 9)

ACF’s National Officer Elections


Voting for ACF’s 2013–2015 national officers starts today, May 6, and ends May 27. Be on the lookout for your email ballot to arrive in your inbox May 6 with the subject line ACF OFFICIAL PROXY BALLOT FOR THE ELECTION OF THE 2013–2015 ACF NATIONAL OFFICERS. Let your voice be heard and vote. 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.

Chefs, Students and ACF Chapters Honored at ACF Central Conference


The 2013 ACF Central Regional Conference, hosted by ACF Central Arkansas Chapter at The Peabody Little Rock and Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Ark., April 28–May 1, 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.

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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ACF National Convention July 21–25

Las Vegas

Registration Discounts Expire June 7
ACF National Convention will be here before you know it. We are heading to Las Vegas, July 21–25, for five days of professional development, business seminars, cooking demonstrations featuring the latest trends and techniques, cooking competitions, a trade show and awards. This year’s convention, hosted by ACF Chefs Las Vegas, is being held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 2011 Fodor’s hotel award winner—it’s an incredible blend of arty sophistication and comfortable elegance. Register now and save, because registration discounts end June 7. More

Volunteer for Chefs Outreach to the Community

Chefs & children

Volunteer for the fourth annual Chefs Outreach to the Community July 21 at the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas during the 2013 ACF National Convention. This is a rewarding and fun day when chefs help educate low-income families about nutrition and cooking healthy. Join us and make a difference. Register to participate.

Sizzle’s Summer Issue Sizzles

Sizzle magazine cover

The summer issue of Sizzle: The American Culinary Federation Quarterly for Students of Cooking was just released. Articles featured in the issue include: preparing carottes a la vichy two ways; discovering the value of a restaurant garden in the new sustainable climate; seeing how chefs apply their flavor signature to housemade ice cream; learning what it is like being a supermarket chef in charge of foodservice operations; and more. Download the current issue or app and read it today.

Winners of Kids Recipe Challenge Announced

Sizzle magazine cover

The National Restaurant Association announced the winners of the Kids Recipe Challenge, a new initiative showcasing restaurants’ culinary ingenuity for creating healthful menu options for children. Created with founding partner McCormick For Chefs®, the Food Away From Home business of McCormick & Company, the contest recognized delicious and nutritious recipes from children’s menus at restaurants and foodservice establishments nationwide. The Kids Recipe Challenge involved an &#*220;industry tested, kid approved” approach, with a panel of industry professionals, including ACF National President Michael Ty, CEC, AAC, selecting finalists, and approximately 30 children choosing the winners. More

Stay in the Know through ACF’s Social Media Platforms


ACF is a fast-paced organization of chef members doing exciting and innovative things in the culinary world. Stay apprised of member events, opportunities, interesting culinary news and recipes by following ACF on Twitter @ACFChefs and Facebook. Follow, like, post and tweet ACF to join the conversation. Your food images and insightful information has the opportunity to reach thousands of followers and viewers.

NBC Casting Chefs for “Food Fighters”

Chef holding knives

NBC is casting for a new prime-time cooking competition called “Food Fighters.” They want professional chefs to participate as on-air talent, in which the chefs will compete against amateur home cooks in a cooking showdown hosted by Adam Richman. PDF Learn more and apply.