Press Release

Queen City Extends Royal Welcome

The American Culinary Federation’s 2003 Southeast Region Conference convenes in Charlotte, N.C.

St. Augustine, Fla., January 14, 2003—Southern hospitality will be on the menu when ACF Charlotte Chapter welcomes fellow American Culinary Federation (ACF) members to the Southeast Region conference Feb. 20–23 in Charlotte, N.C. This first of ACF’s 2003 regional conferences will draw chefs, cooks, culinary educators, and foodservice professionals from all over the Southeast.

The conference has a full schedule of events, educational seminars, student competitions, and chef demonstrations, as well as certification refresher courses and an educators’ clinic. More than 200 food vendors and equipment manufacturers will fill the exhibition and trade show at the Charlotte Convention Center. The convention center will also serve as the site of a cold food competition, a student team culinary competition, and several chef demonstrations.

One of the highlights of the conference takes place on opening night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Participants will enjoy a buffet of Carolina-style cuisine, a rock ’n’ roll band, virtual reality NASCAR games and rides, and a 170 mph ride around the 1.5-mile oval track under the speedway’s lights. There will also be an ice-carving competition and a pit crew challenge that will show who can cook up speed along with culinary creations.

For further information, including a daily schedule of events for ACF’s 2003 Southeast Region Conference, log on to or, or contact Doug Allen, conference chair, at (704) 752-0139 or

Founded in 1929, the American Culinary Federation (ACF) is the largest and most prestigious chefs organization in America. ACF’s goal is to make a positive difference for culinarians internationally through education, apprenticeship, and certification, while creating a fraternal bond of respect and integrity among culinarians everywhere.

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