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.

2020 Regional Finalists

Central

Shawn Berry

Shawn Berry

 

Tim Bucci

Tim Bucci CMC, CCE

 

Hagop Hagopian

Hagop Hagopian

 

Matthew Schellig

Matthew Schellig CEC, CEPC, CCE, CCA

 

Dean Sprague

Dean Sprague CEC

 

J. Kevin Storm

J. Kevin Storm CEC, AAC

Northeast

L.Fernando Mojica

L.Fernando Mojica CEC

 

Matthew O'Connor

Matthew O'Connor CEC

 

William Rogers

William Rogers CEC , CCA

 

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon CEC

Southeast

Stephen Bush

Stephen Bush CEC

 

Lance Cook

Lance Cook CEC, CCA

 

John Michael Lynch

John Michael Lynch

 

Steven McCracken

Steven McCracken

 

Peter Spear

Peter Spear CEC, CCA

West

Ben Diaz

Ben Diaz

 

Christopher Emerling

Christopher Emerling

 

Brandon LaVielle

Brandon LaVielle CEC

Military

Hiram Carrion-Rodriguez

Hiram Carrion-Rodriguez, CCC, SSgt USMC TECOM

 

Previous Winners