The Culinary Insider - August 25, 2014 (Vol. XII, Issue 17)

Rochelle Trotter Donates $25,000 to ACF for Scholarships

Thomas Macrina & Rochelle Trotter

Rochelle Trotter, wife of the late renowned chef Charlie Trotter, HHOF, announced that the Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation will donate $25,000 to the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) for culinary-arts education scholarships. The announcement was made July 26 during the 2014 American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

The $25,000 will be distributed in $2,500 increments to culinary students based on financial need and an application process to include an essay asking students how they envision themselves pursuing excellence on a daily basis. Read More

Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFE)

CAFE 2014 Events for Educators
“Health and Food” Symposium
October 17–19, New Orleans

Uniting doctors and chefs in improving the nation’s health via teaching culinary medicine, Tulane University’s medical school, with Johnson & Wales University, implements a fully integrated, comprehensive joint curriculum for the medical and foodservice communities. Symposium focuses on preparing students for their futures. Approved for ACF continuing-education hours. CEUs from JWU for $20. Visit for registration and hotel information.

Certified Master Pastry® Chef Exam Update

CMPC candidates

Unfortunately, none of the pastry chefs met the criteria needed to pass the CMPC® exam, Aug. 16–23, at Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Campus, Charlotte, North Carolina. However, the candidates showed tremendous courage and strength during the eight-day exam, and we are proud of them. Thank you to Johnson & Wales University for hosting the exam and the ACF-evaluators and apprentices for dedicating their time and skills. Read More

ACF Culinary Team USA: One Team. One Dream.

ACF Culinary Team USA is gearing up to represent the best of American cuisine and win the gold at the Expogast Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup, Nov. 22–26, in Luxembourg. Watch the team train and find out what it means to be a part of ACF Culinary Team USA.

A special thank you to everyone who attended the team’s fundraising dinner at ACF national convention. Our sincere gratitude to Bob Brassard, CEC, and Ona Ashley, both of the ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association, for their help in making the team practice session a success.

ACF Culinary Team USA operates on the generous donations and annual pledges of ACF members and chapters, and partners. Contribute to the success of the team and donate online or mail your donation today.

CookCool Executive Coat w/ ACF logo

Happy Chef

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Share Your Externship, Internship or Apprenticeship Story with Sizzle

Slice of Life

If you are a culinary student currently doing an externship, internship or apprenticeship or have recently completed one, Sizzle magazine wants to feature your Slice of Life experience in the next issue. Share a day of your externship, internship or apprenticeship in Sizzle’s Slice of Life feature. For more information, email and read the Slice of Life article from Sizzle’s spring issue.

Job Hunting in Today’s Economy


From executive chef and sous chef to educator, ACF is here to help you in your job search. Visit ACF’s Career Center for available jobs in the culinary industry. Search by location or type, or post your resume. Create job alerts and never let a an opportunity pass you by. Below are just a few of the available jobs. Sign up today.

  • Sous Chef, Blackthorn Grille at The Ridges, Jonesborough, Tennessee
  • Executive Chef, Coldstream Country Club, Cincinnati
  • Academic Department Director for Culinary, Art Institute of Las Vegas, Henderson, Nevada
  • Food Production Manager 2, Sodexo USA, Binghamton, New York

Back to School, Back to the Office

Office Depot Back to School Sale ACF has partnered with Office Depot to bring members a free national discount program. Find amazing deals online and in-store for your back to school and office needs, and receive free next day delivery on orders over $50. Log in as an ACF member and visit the ACF Members Advantage Program to get started shopping online or to print your store discount card. Act now and take advantage of a special Keurig® Brewer offer for a K140 at $29 with the purchase of any four 24-count K-Cup® packs or the K150 at $99 with the puOffice Depot Salerchase of any five 24-count K-Cup® packs. This is a limited time offer available through Sept. 26 and is subject to availability, terms and conditions.

Ingredient of the Month: Chives

Chives are a key ingredient in fines herbes, a blend of herbs traditionally used in French cooking, along with chervil, parsley and tarragon. They have many health benefits and can be used to relieve fatigue, control blood pressure and cholesterol, and prevent colds. Chives are an excellent source of vitamins K, C and A. Learn more about chives in Chef & Child Foundation’s Ingredient of the Month, and get the recipe for German Potato Salad.

2015 ACF Award Applications Submission Deadline Sept. 30, 2014

Timothy Prefontaine

Award applications for 2015 must be submitted by the Sept. 30, 2014, deadline for U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions; ACF Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Plugra® European-Style Butter; ACF Chef Educator of the Year; Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by MINOR’S®; ACF Student Chef of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.; ACF Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award; and the ACF Chapter Achievement Award. The national winners of U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year and ACF Pastry Chef of the Year receive $5,000, and ACF Chef Educator of the Year and ACF Student Chef of the Year winners receive $1,000. The national Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award winner receives $2,500 and a $2,500 scholarship in his or her name will be donated to an American Culinary Federation Education Foundation accredited postsecondary program of his or her choice. Download an application or call (800) 624-9458, ext. 143, or (904) 484-0243 for information.