2007 ACF Western Regional Conference

Conference Photos

2007 Photo Scrapbook

The American Culinary Federation would like to thank the Western Region members, exhibitors and sponsors for an outstanding ACF 2007 Western Regional Conference. We had a wonderful turn out and had many professional and personal enrichment experiences. We hope all attendees enjoyed the networking and professional development opportunities and we look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City in 2008!

Wrap Up from ACF 2007 Western Regional Conference

Award Winners Announced at 2007 ACF Western Regional Conference
More than 400 Chefs and Cooks Attended ACF’s Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc. honored its members and chapters at the 2007 ACF Western Regional Conference held at the Coeur d’Alene Golf and Resort Spa, April 15–17, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

The 2007 ACF Western Regional Conference award recipients listed below will compete for the national title against their winning regional counterparts at the 2007 ACF National Convention in Orlando, July 21–24.

U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year™ sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions
Joseph Piazza
; executive chef, Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colo.; ACF Colorado Chefs Association

ACF Pastry Chef of the Year sponsored by Splenda®
Loan Co
; pastry chef/bakery supervisor, San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco; ACF San Francisco Chapter

ACF Chef Educator of the Year
Jerald Chesser, CEC, CCE, AAC
; professor, The Collins School of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif.; ACF Southern California Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association

ACF Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award
Bill Sy, CEC, AAC
; academic advisor, Culinary Arts, The Art Institute of Phoenix Phoenix; ACF Chefs Association of Greater Phoenix

ACF Chef Professionalism Award sponsored by Nestlé FoodServices
David Goodwin, CEC, CCA, AAC
; executive chef, Carson Valley Inn, Minden, Nev.; ACF High Sierra Chefs Association

ACF Student Culinarian of the Year sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.
Carol Chandler, CC
; student, University of Montana, College of Technology, Missoula, Mont.; ACF Montana Chefs Association

Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl™
ACF Washington State Chefs Association; Skagit Valley College, Culinary Arts; Alexandra Cantu; Breanne Davies; Taylor-James French; Christine Greenlaw; Brittany Rathburn; Dani A. Cox, CCC, CWPC, CCE,
coach

ACF Student Team Regional Championship sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.
California; ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Association; Orange Coast College; Brodie Curtis; Marissa Gerlach; Conrad Malaya; Suzanne Nottage; Brent Omeste; Jeremy Peters,
coach

The 2007 ACF Western Regional Conference award recipients listed below were recognized for their outstanding abilities, contributions and goodwill.

ACF Chapter of the Year
ACF Colorado Chefs Association

ACF Chapter Achievement Award

  • ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California
  • ACF Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon
  • ACF Colorado Chefs Association

ACF Chef & Child Little Oscar Award

  • ACF Southern Oregon Chapter, Medford, Ore.

ACF President’s Medallions

  • Peter Aiello, CEC, CEPC; owner/caterer, Alpine Chef Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo.; ACF Pikes Peak Chapter Inc.
  • Jill Bosich, CEC, CCE, AAC; executive chef/energy programs advisor, Southern California Gas Company, Downey, Calif., ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Association
  • Janet Crager, CEC; executive chef, Country Side Village, Grants Pass, Ore.; ACF Southern Oregon Chapter
  • Giovanni Delrosario; director of culinary arts, Los Angeles Harbor College, Wilmington, Calif.; ACF National Chapter
  • David Goodwin; CEC, CCA, AAC; executive chef, Carson Valley Inn, Minden, Nev.; ACF High Sierra Chefs Association
  • Leslie Hall, CSCE; educator, Medford School District 549C, Medford, Ore.; ACF Southern Oregon Chapter
  • Rod Jessick; executive chef, Coeur d'Alene Golf and Resort Spa, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; ACF Chefs de Cuisine of the Inland Northwest
  • Patricia Curfman, CEC, AAC; executive chef, Patti Cakes Inc., Stayton, Ore.; ACF Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon
  • Scott LaCrosse; executive chef, Radisson Sacramento, Sacramento, Calif.; ACF California Capital Chefs Association
  • Robert O’Brien; executive chef, Circus Circus, Las Vegas, Nev.; ACF Chefs of Las Vegas Roy
  • Joseph Salazar, CEC, CCE; chef instructor, California Culinary Academy, San Francisco; ACF San Francisco Chapter

The Flat Iron Chefs Challenge sponsored by the Beef Producers of Idaho, Montana and Washington
Raimund Hofmeister, CMC, AAC
; food and beverage manager, Space Needle, Seattle, Wash.; ACF Chefs of Las Vegas

Chosen for its breathtaking beauty and attractions, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho was the location of the ACF Western Regional Conference, hosted by the ACF Chefs de Cuisine of the Inland Northwest, bringing an estimated 400 chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals to the city. The conference provided attendees with numerous opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through informative business seminars, forums, clinics and cutting-edge demonstrations. In addition, the conference offered participants the opportunity to learn about the latest cooking trends and techniques.

Sponsors of the 2007 ACF Western Regional Conference included: American Lamb Board; Beef Producers of Idaho; Boyd Coffee Company; Butterball Farms, Inc.; Canada Cutlery Inc.; The Cheesecake Factory Bakery, Inc.; Contessa Premium Foods, Inc.; Food Services of America; GFF, Inc./Girard’s Dressings; Guittard Chocolate Company; Idaho Preferred; J. R. Simplot Company; SYSCO Food Services, Inc.; UNCLE BEN’S INFUSED Rice; and The Vollrath Co., LLC. National partners included: Custom Culinary, Inc.; Nestlé FoodServices; R.L. Schreiber, Inc.; Splenda®; Tyson Foods, Inc.; and Unilever Foodsolutions. Demo/seminar sponsors included: Basic American Foods; Mind’s Eye Resource Management, LLC; Nestlé FoodServices; Thomson Delmar Learning; and Washington State Potato Commission. Chef Designs is the ACF event merchandise preferred provider.