The Culinary Insider - July 1, 2013 (Vol. XI, Issue 14)

ACF National Convention

Las Vegas Online registration for ACF National Convention, July 21–25, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, has been extended. You can still register online through July 7th. This is one convention you don’t want to miss. It is going to be five days of nonstop professional development, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations featuring the latest trends and techniques, competitions and fabulous food. Check out the schedule to learn more.

Las Vegas is an incredible place, and the ACF National Convention is the place for you to network with colleagues, expand your knowledge and have some fun. Learn More

ABC’s The Taste is Casting

The Taste

Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson are back and hungry for more in the second season of ABC’s The Taste. Professional chefs, home cooks, and foodies from all walks of life have the opportunity to sharpen their skills with the world’s most renowned culinary experts. If you have what it takes to impress the best and are ready to take a bite out of the competition, apply. Learn More

ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation Award Honorees

Chef & Child Foundation Thank you to all ACF members and chapters for their dedication and support in raising awareness about proper childhood nutrition for the ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation (CCF). Every year CCF honors select members and chapters for their extraordinary efforts in educating children and families in understanding proper nutrition through community-based initiatives and being the voice of the culinary industry in the fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Little Oscar Award

ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter

True Spirit Award

Jacob Williams, CEC, ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association

Showcase Your Restaurant with the ACF Certified Chef Dining Guide

The ACF Certified Chef Dining Guide is a great opportunity to showcase your restaurant to the dining public looking for a special experience. More and more diners are turning to their smart phones for a quick list of restaurant options, and the ACF Dining Guide offers restaurant options featuring an ACF-certified chef. This guide is a benefit to all ACF-certified chefs at the Chef de Cuisine level or higher. Your listing is complimentary and includes restaurant name, address, phone, cuisine, average meal cost, website and chef’s name. Apply

Next Top Product Contest

US Foods Next Top Product

The best chefs don’t settle for anything less than perfection when it comes to their prized recipe. US Foods customers can put their recipes to the test for the chance to win $20,000 in cash and prizes and have their recipe made into a national product through the US Foods Next Top Product contest. Customers are encouraged to enter their favorite baked good or sauce recipe by July 19 in the hopes of making it to the final eight who face off at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas this November. The recipe that reigns supreme will be made into a US Foods product for launch in spring 2014. Learn More

2013 Sustainability Awards

Chefs Collaborative Nominate a peer by July 10 who has played an exemplary role in advancing the Chefs Collaborative mission to make sustainable practices second nature in restaurant and foodservice kitchens. The 2013 Sustainability Awards categories are National Sustainer, Southeast Sustainer, Pathfinder and Foodshed Champion Southeast. The Awards will be presented at the Chefs Collaborative Sustainable Food Summit Nov. 3–5. Learn More

Chocolate and Dessert Innovation Awards

The National Chocolate & Dessert Show The National Chocolate & Dessert Show has launched the Chocolate and Dessert Innovation Awards to recognize companies that have made exceptional contributions to the chocolate and dessert industries. The categories are Best New Product/Innovation, Best Sustainable Product, Best Flavor Profile and Best Technology. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 15, with finalists announced Sept. 2 and winners announced at the National Chocolate & Dessert Show, Oct. 20–22. Learn More