ChefConnect: Atlantic City Host Chapter & Conference Chef

Meet the Host Chapter

ACF chapter, ACF Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey will host ChefConnect: Atlantic City. Learn more about the chapter and how you can get involved.

Kenneth Trout CEC, CCA, AAC

Kenneth Trout CEC, CCA, AAC

Corporate Chef, Icon Hospitality

After graduating from Johnson and Wales University in 1980 Ken began his Culinary Career in Atlantic City at Resorts International Hotel and Casino, starting as a Garde Manger Cook. From the humble beginning as a cook, knowing what his calling was, he took great pride in working for many professional chefs, from them Ken learned that as a professional; you will succeed. every day he wears his uniform and toque with pride, At the Brighten Steak House and working his way through to the prestigious La Palais Restaurant. Chef Ken’s career began to progress he had the opportunity to open Trump Plaza and Trump Castle moving up as Chef Garde Manger. When the opportunity arose Ken took a position at the Sands Hotel and Casino beginning as their Chef Garde Manger and rising to become the Assistant Executive Chef. From there Ken moved to the Philadelphia Park Race Track/ Parx Casino as their Executive Chef. Presently Ken now enjoys his position of Corporate Executive Chef of Icon Hospitality in Galloway, New Jersey, overseeing the Carriage House, Gourmet Italian Cuisine, Gourmet Catering and Luscious & Sweet Gourmet Bakery.

Ken has been a member of the South Jersey Professional Chefs Association for thirty five years holding positions from Sergeant at Arms, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, to Second Vice President as well as being Chef and Child Chairmen, Membership and Certification Chairman and played an instrumental role in the 1999 North East ACF Regional Conference. Presently Ken is the President of the Chapter and feels very humbled and grateful to hold this position, one in which he takes great pride to represent this Chapter.

Ken feels certification is vital and has progressed from a Chef de Cuisine, to Certified Executive Chef and most recently a Certified Culinary Administrator. He also feels very strongly about mentorship for the youth are the future and we must encourage and support them on the journey to Professionalism within our craft. Ken is also a member of the Chaine des Rotisseur since 2001 starting as a Chef Rotisseur and last spring receiving the Maître Rotissseur Title.

Ken has been awarded Chef of the Year, Member of the Year, the Chefs Professionalism awards as well as the ACF Achievement of Excellence Award and the ACF Cutting Edge Award. In 2016 Ken was Inducted into the American Academy of Chefs and serves as their Sargent at Arms. Ken is always seeking to achieve the highest standards of Professionalism while mentoring young Culinarians.

Ken has been happily married to Meg for 35 years and is very proud of his three children, their spouses and his five grandchildren. Ken enjoys volunteering his time with the Food Bank of South Jersey, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, The SOUPer Chefs, and other volunteer aspects with his fellow members of Professional Chefs Association South Jersey. During the Chef Connect Conference in Atlanta Ken along with two other Chapter Chefs presented the “One Pot Meal” seminar, which was received so well that the National Community Outreach held during the last three Conventions has been spearheaded by the Chapter. They were very humbled to have received the National Humanitarian Award at the Convention in Phoenix, Az. Ken feels it is a privilege to be able to give back whenever and wherever needed, and he and the Chapter will continue in doing so.

Kenneth B. Trout CEC, CEC, AAC
Corperate Executive Chef
ACF PCASJ President


Meet the ChefConnect: Atlantic City Chef

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