The American Academy of Chefs Logo McLaughlin Award

The Lt. General John D. McLaughlin Trophy is awarded at the annual AAC Induction Ceremony & Dinner.



Jeffrey P. Lein

2019 - Jeffrey P. Lein

Chief Warrant Officer - U.S. Army, Sustainment Command.


Mark E. Webster

2018 - Mark E. Webster, CEC®, CCE®, AAC®

Executive Chef - Hy-Vee Inc., Lees Summit, Mo., ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association


Brandon Parry

2017 - Brandon W. Parry, CEC®, AAC®

Executive Chef, Lasher Co. Las Vegas, Nevada. ACF Chefs Las Vegas


Robert Sparks

2016 - Robert M. Sparks

Chief Warrant Officer 4, U.S. Army (Retired), A.K. Food Consultants, LLC, Petersburg, Va.; ACF Old Dominion Chapter


Charles Talley Jr.

2015 - CW3 Charles Talley Jr., CEC®, MBA

Chief, Advanced Food Service Training Division; Manager, United States Army Culinary Arts Team (USACAT)


Russell Campbell, CEC

2014 - Russell Campbell, CEC®

Army sustainment food advisor, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois; Old Dominion ACF Chapter


Mark Warren

2013 - Mark Warren, CEC®, AAC®

The Joint Culinary Center of Excellence STM at U.S. Army, Fort Lee, Va.; Old Dominion ACF Chapter


David Turcotte

2012 - David J. Turcotte, CEC®, AAC®

Executive chef, U.S. Army; ACF Savannah Chefs Association


William J. Tillinghast

2011 - William J. Tillinghast, CEC®, AAC®, MBA

Director, culinary/pastry programs, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia; ACF Philadelphia Chapter


Roland Schaeffer

2010 - Roland Schaeffer, CEC®, AAC®, HOF

ACF Pittsburgh Chapter


Jesse Cross

2009 - Brigadier General Jesse R. Cross


Stephen Miller

2008 - Stephen J. Miller, CMC®


Rene Marquis

2007 - Rene Marquis, CEC®, CCE®, PCEC®, AAC®


2006 - David J. Longstaff, CEC®
2004 - Jim Taylor, CEC®, AAC®
2003 - Brenard Urban, CEC®, AAC®
2002 - Ed Leonard, CMC®, AAC®
2001 - Steve Jilleba, CMC®, CCE®, AAC®
2000 - Fred Lucardie, CEC®, AAC®
1999 - Joe Amendola, CEPC®, CCE®, AAC®, HOF®
1998 - Joel Tanner, CEC®, AAC®