The American Academy of Chefs AAC Board and Committees

Americo 'Rico' DiFronzo

American Academy of Chefs Chair

Americo “Rico” DiFronzo, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®
Executive Chef
Union Oyster House
41 Union Street
Boston, MA 02108-2494


Joe Aiello

American Academy of Chefs Vice Chair

Joe G. Aiello, CEC®, AAC®, HOF
Apropo Catering

Ambassador

John Minniti, CCE®, AAC®, HBOT, HOF

Past Chair Council

Bert P. Cutino, CEC®, AAC®, HBOT, HOF
Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC®, AAC®, HOF
John Minniti, CCE®, AAC®, HBOT, HOF, Chair
Thomas J. Macrina, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®
Stafford DeCambra, CEC®, CCE®, CCA®, AAC®
Mark G. Wright, CEC®, AAC®

Chair Honorary Board of Trustees

Bert Cutino, CEC®, AAC®, HBOT, HOF

Honorary Board of Trustees

Thomas J. Macrina, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®, HBOT
James Doherty, HAAC®, HBOT®, HHOF, Emeritus
John Folse, CEC®, AAC®, HOF, HBOT
Dr. Michael J. Martello, HBOT, HAAC®, Emeritus
Ferdinand Metz, CMC®, AAC®, HOF, HBOT
John Minniti, CCE®, AAC®, HBOT, HOF
Jim Singerling, HAAC®, HBOT, HHOF, Emeritus

Harold S. Small, HAAC, HBOT, JD

Chair Culinary Hall of Fame

Bill W. Sy, CEC®, AAC®, HOF

Culinary Hall of Fame

Wolfgang D. Geckeler, CEC®, AAC®, HOF
John Kaufmann CEC®, AAC®, HOF
Roland E. Schaeffer, CEC®, AAC®, HOF< /p>

Regional Academy Directors

Central Region

Brian A. Hardy, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®
Patrick D. Mitchell, CEC®, AAC®

Northeast Region

David Leo Banks, CEC®, AAC®
Linda S. Musch, CCE®, AAC®

Southeast Region

Michael J. Rigberg, CEC®,CCE®, CCA®, AAC®
Alan L. Romano, CEC®, CCE®, AAC®

Western Region

Eric D. Ernest, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®
Jacqueline I. Hamilton, CEC®, AAC®
Frank Leake, CCC, CCE®, AAC® - Hawaii

Military Regional Director

Rene Marquis, CEC®, CCE®, CCA®, AAC®

Sergeants-at-Arms

Kenneth B. Trout, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®

Committee Chairs

Public Relations and Marketing

Deborah Bando-Duit, CEC, AAC

Scholarship Committee

Rajeev Patgaonkar, CEC®, AAC®, Chair, Industry Member

Senior Chefs Committee

Vincent Blancato, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®, Chair and Southeast Region Member
Murat Day, CEC®, AAC®, Western Region Member
Jim Douglas, CEC®, CCE®, AAC®, HOF, Past Chair Advisor
Charles Duit, CEC®, AAC®, Central Region Member
Anthony Graffeo, CEC®, AAC®, HOF, Northeast Region Member
Denise Graffeo, CEC®, AAC®, HOF, Northeast Region Member

Fellowship Committee

Paul O’Toole, CEC®, AAC®

Nominations and Elections Committee and Special Projects

Frank Leake, CCC®, CCE®, AAC® - Hawaii
Kenneth B. Trout, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®

Lifetime Achievement Committee

Dale Miller, CMC®, AAC®
James G. Rhoads, CEC®, AAC®
Linda S. Musch, CCE®, AAC® - Advisor
Jim M. Tinkham, CEC®,CCA® AAC® - Advisor

Past American Academy of Chefs Officers
2015–2019 Chair – Mark G. Wright, CEC, AAC
  Vice Chair – Americo S. DiFronzo, CEC, CCA, AAC
2011–2015 Chair - Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
  Vice Chair - Mark Wright, CEC, AAC
2007–2011 Chair - Thomas J. Macrina, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Vice Chair - Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
2003–2007 Chair - John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HBOT, HOF
  Vice Chair - Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, HBOT
1999–2003 Chair - Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF
  Vice Chair - John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HBOT, HOF
1997–1999 Chairman - Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HBOT, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF
1996–1997 Chairman - Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HBOT, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Joseph Amendola, CEPC, CCE, AAC, HOF
1995–1996 Chairman - Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Secretary/Treasurer - Dieter Preiser, CEC, AAC
1993–1995 Chairman - Richard Bosnjak, CEC, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Hartmut Handke, CMC, AAC
1989–1993 Chairman - Lawrence Conti, CEC, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Harry Hoffstadt, CEC, AAC, HOF
1985–1989 Chairman - Jon Greenwalt, CEC, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Lawrence Conti, CEC, AAC, HOF
1981–1985 Chairman - Rene Roncari, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Jon Greenwalt, CEC, AAC, HOF
1977–1981 Chairman - U. Max Behr, CEC, AAC, HOF
1971–1977 Chairman - Anthony Bartolotta, AAC, HHOF
1965–1971 Chairman - Paul Laesecke, AAC, HOF
1960–1965 Chairman - Walter Wingberg, AAC
1954–1959  Chairman - Peter Berrini, AAC, HOF