The American Academy of Chefs Logo McLaughlin Award

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

Mark Veomett

2023 - Mark D. Veomett, CEC, AAC

Travis Smith

2022 - Travis W. Smith, CEC, AAC

Wolfgang Geckeler

2021 - Wolfgang D. Geckeler, CEC, AAC, HOF

Juan Martinez

2020 - Juan M. Martinez, CEC, CCE, AAC

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, Missouri; 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, Virginia; 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, Virginia; 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®