NJ011 - ACF Professional Chefs Assn of South Jersey
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ACF Prof Chefs Association of South Jersey
Kenneth Trout CEC, CCA, AAC
Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
P.O. Box 177
Absecon, NJ 08201-0177
Chapter News and Information
During this Covid-19 outbreak we have canceled our April 14 th meeting at US Foods. Please watch your emails for any updates. From my family to yours please stay safe and healthy. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if anyone is in need, we are here for you all.
Thank you and be safe yours,
Kenneth B. Trout CEC, CCA, AAC President of ACF PCASJ
A Message from the Chapter President
Dear fellow members, colleagues, and friends,
As summer is coming to an end I hope everyone had a great time enjoying some time off wit family and friends. I know for many of us this time of year is also the most profitable for our Culinary Industry.
School has begun already for our College students and many High Schools and Primary Schools will start after Labor Day. Please be careful as you are driving not only for your self but our future may be right in front of you.
This summer has been a busy one for our Chapter even though we break after our June meeting, planning still continues for the upcoming year. This past June we held our sixteenth annual Chefs at the Shore. Although planning for this event began in September we faced so challenges in getting this popular event to happen. The loss of the use of the Atlantic City Aquarium presented us without a venue. The second venue we tried unfortunately did not work out. But in true fashion with hard work the Golden Nugget stepped in and with just under six weeks to go it all came together. I would like to extend my tremendous thanks to Chef Robert Hetmannsperger and his team at the Golden Nugget and Chef Rick Romanelli for their outstanding contributions to our Chapter! Many thanks to everyone who worked on this event, together as a team great events are able to become a reality. This year we had many new participating Chefs and Restaurants join us to make the evening an unforgettable one. Many positive comments were made and we look forward to Chefs at the Shore 2020!
The ACF National Convention was held August 4th-8th in Orlando Florida. The Convention kicked off with the National Community Outreach Program which for the fourth year in a row our Chapter spearheaded this event. Making a Chicken and Rice dish that can be made from ingredients you can find at your local food bank. The event was held at a local homeless shelter in Orlando and was truly a humbling experience and an honor to provide a meal for those less fortunate then we are.
The American Academy of Chefs Induction Dinner was held on August 4th, our own Chef Luigi Baretto was Inducted into the AAC Hall of Fame! This was truly a fantastic evening and Chef Luigi is well deserving of this prestigious honor.
Throughout the Convention our Chapter was well represented. Board of Governors meeting's in which as President I am able to vote on vital issues that affect us all as ACF members. American Academy of Chefs meetings all with voting to continue to make the ACF and AAC stronger as we move forward. Many wonderful seminars and demonstrations were held with outstanding presenters. Also the new National Board of Directors were sworn in. The National President Chef Stafford announced a new ACF student membership program for schools who are ACFEF Accredited!
Our Chapter was recognized with the "Spirit of Aloha Award" from Chef Stafford for our community service. This is the second time in fifteen years that an award has been given out for Humanitarian and Community Service, both with our Chapter being the recipient of these, the last one being in 2016.
Please keep our fellow Chefs in need in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to hope for their health to improve.
Looking forward to an exciting year ahead of us. Together we can continue to be a strong and vital Chapter. I continue to be humbled and honored to serve as your President. Please reach out with any thoughts or concerns.
Chef Kenneth B. Trout CEC, CCA, AAC
President Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
Kenneth B. Trout, CEC, CCA, AAC
Chairman of the Board
George R. Kralle, III
Vice President 2nd
Margaret M. Feairheller
Meg Trout, R.N., CCRN
Wolfgang D. Geckeler, CEC, AAC, HOF
Sergeant At Arms
Fredric H. Belfus