ACF 2021 National Convention


Speakers and Topics

The following world-class speakers are just the start…many more to come. Most will be featuring demonstrations!

Brandon Allen

The Art and Science of Culinary Cannabis

Duane Brown

Culinary Careers: The Post-COVID Pivot

Michael Fenster, MD

Culinary Medicine: A New Frontier of Fusion

Brian Hay, CEC, CCE

Advanced Wine Pairing For Culinary Professionals

Ed Leonard, CMC, AAC

Making a Difference Through Food & Hospitality

Joseph Leonardi, CMC, AAC

Behind the Plate Up

Ryan Manning

Salsas and Sangrias: A Celebration of Regional Mexican Cuisine

Tom Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, ACF National President

Vegan - is a FOUR letter word for most of us!

Cameron Mitchell

Yes is the Answer, What is the Question?

Michael Ponzio

Rebuilding a Stronger Culinary Brand

Hari Pulapaka, CEC

A Delicious and Sustainable Future For Foodservice

Fred Tiess, CEC, CCA, ME

Chefpreneurs: 7 Essential Questions For Your Future Business

Tom Vaccaro, CMB, CEPC

Advanced Pastry Techniques: Focus on Plated Desserts

Carlos Villanueva

Advanced Culinary: A Modern Approach with Classical Thinking

Frank Vollkommer, CMPC

Advanced Pastry Techniques with Master Pastry Chef Frank Vollkommer, CMPC

Maeve Webster

Leveraging Opportunities in the New Normal


10 competition kitchens will be fired up on Monday and Tuesday. Kitchens sponsored by Southbend