A Message of Hope and Recovery
By Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
As this message reaches you, we will have been in
quarantine for over four weeks in most parts of the
world. I have been sending personal messages of
inspiration to my ohana—my ACF family. I hope that
they have helped.
What definitely gives me hope, though, is you.
Chefs naturally respond well during times of crises,
pitching in to work together to be a force of good.
As the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the world
and of our nation, causing the closures of schools,
businesses, restaurants and other foodservice
operations, it came as no surprise to me that many chefs—and so many ACF
chefs, in particular—jumped to the front lines to feed healthcare workers,
displaced hospitality workers, first responders, children out of school, senior
citizens at high risk and many others in need.
The stories have been flooding in. That’s why this special COVID-19 issue of NCR
is all about you: our members and the dedicated, impassioned chefs who make up
the backbone of our industry. We have always been so proud of your hard work, but
especially lately. We hope that reading about what some of your peers are doing will
help you stay inspired, motivated, connected and informed during this tough time.
Depending on your situation, you might be working less and spending more
time at home social distancing. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of
educational opportunities to refresh, refocus and return even stronger than before
when economies reopen. We launched the ACF United (#ACFUnited) campaign
specifically to funnel more resources to our members during the ongoing
pandemic. An important part of that campaign is continued learning in the form of
free, weekly webinars and a free, online learning bundle that includes select courses
and recordings from past conferences. We also hope that some of the previouslyscheduled,
feel-good content in this issue of NCR—as well as ongoing coverage on
WeAreChefs.com—will keep your minds active and creative juices flowing. Even if
some commercial kitchens are closed, we need not ever stop cooking.
In April, we launched the Ferdinand Metz/ACF Relief Fund to assist foodservice
workers who are facing financial hardship due to the pandemic. Applications for
assistance can be found on WeAreChefs.com. If you are in a position where you can
assist those less fortunate, please donate what you can to the fund.
During this time, might I encourage you to seek solace in the things that
bring you comfort and hope, whether that’s continued cooking and/or spending
more time with your family, reading books, dancing, listening to music, indulging
in hobbies and more. Find your center, look to the future, connect with us and
others, and we will get through this—united and together as one. Mahalo!
Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
American Culinary Federation
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