The Culinary Insider - September 23, 2013 (Vol. XI, Issue 20)

Thoughts and Prayers

ACF National Office

ACF mourns and honors those individuals that lost their lives Sept. 16 at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and those of the injured for a speedy recovery. A sincere thank you to all the first responders and all those that helped, as you are truly heroes and give us hope.

Eleven Chefs Selected for ACF Culinary Team USA

ACF Culinary Team USA Eleven chefs were selected Sept. 18 for ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative team for the U.S. in international culinary competitions. Beginning in October, the chefs will work with the team’s coaches to represent the U.S. at the 2014 Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg and the 2016 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung, commonly referred to as the “culinary Olympics,” in Erfurt, Germany. ACF Culinary Team USA is sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions and NEWCHEF Fashion Inc. Meet the chefs.

ACF Embroidered Traditional Coats

Chef's coat

Prestige and comfort go hand-in-hand with the soft cotton twill and double-breasted design of our Traditional Chef Coats. Select short sleeves or long sleeves with turn-up cuffs for added versatility. Available in a range of colors and customizable with the official logo of the American Culinary Federation. Design yours today.

Vitamix® Donates Blenders to Support Childhood Nutrition Day

Vitamix To inspire chefs to participate in Childhood Nutrition Day, Vitamix has pledged to donate blenders to the first 50 chefs who register and follow through on their commitment to host events. Chefs can use the Vitamix machines in their activities ranging fr om cooking classes and demonstrations to hands-on smoothie making. Register your event today.

Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFE)

CAFE 2013 Events for Educators
“The Science of Baking”
October 18–20, Sullivan University, Louisville, Kentucky

Topics include protein-rich breads; gluten free and other healthy baking/pastry applications; chocolate trends; new oils and other baking trends; molecular-gastronomy tips and tricks. Registration includes opening-night reception; Saturday/Sunday breakfast/lunch/breaks; chef’s jacket, tool kit and educational resources from industry partners; and ACF continuing-education hours for certification.

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ACF Recertification Scholarships


The ACF Certification Commission established the Certification Scholarship Program to assist chefs who are in the recertification process and are experiencing financial hardship. Applications are due Oct. 31, 2013, and scholarships will be awarded by Jan. 31, 2014. Review the requirements to see if you qualify for assistance.

Petites® Mini-ware Disposable Products from WNA

Plated dishes

Capitalize on the “small plate” trend with Petites® mini-ware disposable products from WNA. Single-use products are ideal for offering new and diverse menus as they provide all the performance and appeal of permanent products without the long-term investment, accidental disposal, breakage, clean-up and transport. Petites® disposable mini-ware from WNA; tiny treasures, infinite possibilities.

ACFEF Grants Accreditation to Postsecondary Culinary Programs

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Fifty-two culinary programs in 24 educational institutions across the United States received programmatic accreditation from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Accrediting Commission at the commission meeting in July. Initial ACFEF programmatic accreditation was granted to 18 culinary programs, and 34 accreditations for culinary programs were renewed. On renewal, 23 of the programs were recognized by the ACFEF Accrediting Commission as exemplary, symbolizing the highest in educational standards. The award is presented to programs that have proven consistent compliance with all ACFEF Accrediting Commission accreditation requirements in the last two site-visit reports, along with excellent management of the program. More

Special Rate for ACF Chefs!

Guts and Glory:  Leaving It All on the Line 8th Annual International Chefs Congress is all about Guts and Glory, and nothing brings that idea home harder than the unabashed, unstoppable ambition of powerhouse restaurant personnel. It’s Girl Power meets Perfection and it’s only $199 for all ACF members. Join us in September 29th–October 1st in New York City. Just use the codeICC199.

2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards

Kitchen Innovations Awards The National Restaurant Association is now accepting applications for the 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards. The awards program recognizes and celebrates cutting-edge equipment and technology that specifically improve the back of the house and benefit foodservice operators. Award recipients will have the exclusive benefit of exhibiting in the interactive, centrally located Kitchen Innovations Pavilion on the exhibit floor at the NRA Show 2014, May 17–20, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Chicago. Learn more and apply.