The American Academy of Chefs Chair’s Medal

The AAC® Chair’s Medal is awarded at the annual AAC® Induction Ceremony & Dinner.



Linda Musch

2019 - Linda S. Musch, CCE®, AAC®

ACF Rhode Island Chapter


Americo S. DiFronzo

2018 - Americo S. DiFronzo, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®

Executive Chef - Union Oyster House, Medford, Mass., ACF Epicurean Club of Boston


Rajeev Patgaonkar

2017 - Rajeev V. Patgaonkar, CEC®, AAC®

Executive Sous Chef - Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan. ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association


David Banks

2016 - David L. Banks, CEC®, AAC®

Executive Chef/Partner, Harry’s Hospitality Group, Wilmington, Dela.; Regional Director (Northeast), American Academy of Chefs; ACF First State Chefs Association


Rene Marquis

2015 - Rene Marquis, CEC®, CCE®, CCA®, AAC®

MSG (R), US Army; Vice President, ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association; Military Regional Director, American Academy of Chefs


Mark Wright

2014 - Mark Wright, CEC®, AAC®

Department chair, hospitality management, Eric Community College, Williamsville, New York; ACF of Greater Buffalo New York


William Franklin

2013 - William Franklin, CMC®, AAC®

Corporate executive chef, Nestlé Professional, Centennial, Colo.; Colorado Chefs Association


Michael Minor

2012 - Michael L. Minor, CEC®, AAC®

Culinary ambassador, Custom Culinary, Inc., Lombard, Ill.; ACF Cleveland Chapter Inc.


Stafford DeCambra

2011 - Stafford DeCambra, CEC®, CCE®, CCA®, AAC®

Corporate executive chef, PCI Gaming Authority, Atmore, Ala.; ACF Poarch Creek Chapter, Inc.


John Kaufmann

2010 - John Kaufmann, CEC®, AAC®

ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.


John Minniti

2009 - John Minniti, CCE®, AAC®, HBOT, HOF


Steven Jilleba

2008 - Steven Jilleba, CMC®, CCE®, AAC®


Tom Macrina

2007 - Tom Macrina, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®


2006 - John Kinsella, CMC®, AAC®
2005 - Denis Ellis, CEC®, AAC®
2004 - Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC®, AAC®
2003 - Edward G. Leonard, CMC®, AAC®
2002 - Bert Cutino, CEC®, AAC®
2001 - Noel Cullen, Ed.D., CMC®, AAC®
2000 - L. Timothy Ryan, CMC®, AAC®
1999 - Reimund Pitz, CEC®, CCE®
1998 - Roland Schaeffer, CEC®
1997 - Michael Ty, CEC®
1996 - John Folse, CEC®
1995 - L. Edwin Brown
1994 - William Moore, CEC®
1993 - Harry Hoffstadt, CEC®
1992 - U. Max Behr, CEC®
1991 - Casey Sinkeldam, CMPC
1990 - Jack Braun, CEC®
1989 - Lawrence Conti, CEC®
1988 - Willy Rossel, CEC®
1987 - Hermann Rusch
1986 - Alec Cline, CEC®
1985 - Jon Greenwalt, CEC®
1984 - Richard Schneider, CMC®
1983 - Richard Bosnjak, CEC®
1982 - Ferdinand E. Metz, CMC®
1981 - Baron Galand, CEC®
1980 - Rene Roncari
1979 - Paul Laesecke
1978 - Anthony Bartolotta
1977 - Otto Spielbichler
1976 - Christian Inden, CEC®