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, Inc.
4318 River Rd.
Schiller Park, IL 60176

Ambassador

  • Mark G. Wright, CEC, AAC, HBOT

Past Chair Council

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

Chair Honorary Board of Trustees

  • Bert P. Cutino, CEC, AAC, HBOT, HOF

Honorary Board of Trustees

  • Bertrand de Boutray, HAAC, HBOT, Bailli Délégué (President) of the US Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • Philip H. Jones, HAAC, HBOT, Jones Dairy Farm, Chairman/President/CEO
  • Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  • John A. Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  • Mark G. Wright, CEC, AAC, HBOT

Emeritus

  • John D. Folse, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  • Dr. Michael J. Martello, HBOT, HAAC
  • Ferdinand E. Metz, CMC, AAC, HOF, HBOT

Chair Culinary Hall of Fame

  • Wolfgang D. Geckeler, CEC, AAC, HOF

Culinary Hall of Fame

  • John Kaufmann, CEC, AAC, HOF
  • Walter W. Leible, CMC, AAC, HOF
  • John A. Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  • Denise S. Graffeo, CEC, AAC, HOF

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 Hamilton, CEC, AAC
  • Frank Leake, CCC, CCE, AAC

Military Regional Director

  • Rene J. 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

  • Richard M. Hoffman, CEC, CCA, AAC, Chair, Northeast Regional Member
  • Mark Webster, CEC, CCE, AAC, Central Region Member
  • Peter F. Vossenberg, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, Southeast Regional Member
  • Eloise Fernandez, CEC, CCE, AAC, Western Regional Member

Fellowship Committee

  • Paul O’Toole, CEC, AAC

Nominations and Elections Committee and Special Projects

  • Frank Leake, CCC, CCE, AAC, Chair
  • 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, HBOT
  Vice Chair – Americo S. DiFronzo, CEC, CCA, AAC
2011–2015 Chair - Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
  Vice Chair - Mark Wright, CEC, AAC, HBOT
2007–2011 Chair - Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Vice Chair - Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
2003–2007 Chair - John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Vice Chair - Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, HOF, HBOT
1999–2003 Chair - Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF
  Vice Chair - John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
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