U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year™ Award

In 1963, ACF created the Chef of the Year Award to acknowledge Walter Roth, AAC, for his tireless efforts to promote and elevate the profession. The award has grown in prestige, and today is the highest honor annually bestowed by ACF.

The U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year™ award recognizes an outstanding culinarian who works and cooks in a full-service dining facility. This person has demonstrated the highest standard of culinary skills, advanced the cuisine of America and given back to the profession through the development of students and apprentices.

Regional winners compete in a culinary competition at the national convention, where a panel of distinguished judges will select the national winner.

2019 Regional Semi-Finalists

Central

Kurt Kwiatkowski

Kurt Kwiatkowski, CEC, CCA


Craig Meyer

Craig Meyer, CEC, CCA, AAC


Alex Pierce

Alex Pierce, CEC


Scott Scheible

Scott Scheible, CEC


Northeast

Joseph Boljonis

Joseph Boljonis, CEC, CCA


Frank Costantino

Frank Costantino, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC


Elijah Dalager

Elijah Dalager, CEC, CCA


Cyril Ortigosa

Cyril Ortigosa, CEC


Southeast

Lance Cook

Lance Cook, CEC, CCA


Charles Figueroa

Charles Figueroa, CEC


Corey Siegel

Corey Siegel, CEC


Joseph Watters

Joseph Watters, CEC


Western

Deepak Bhusal

Deepak Bhusal


Ben Diaz

Ben Diaz


Reilly Meehan

Reilly Meehan, CEC


Michael John Moral

Michael John Moral


2018 U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year

Todd Leonard, CEC


Todd Leonard

2018 Winners

Central - Robert Coran
Northeast - Ben Simpkins, CEC, CCA
Southeast - Christopher Bugher, CEC
Western - * Todd Leonard, CEC

Previous Winners