The American Academy of Chefs American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame™

The founding of the American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame™ was inspired in 1988 by then Academy Chair Jon Greenwalt at the ACF National Convention in Las Vegas.

“The Culinary Hall of Fame was unanimously accepted by the Academy members. Its concept is to honor those men and women who, because of their outstanding attributes, have won the respect and love of their professional guild. Therefore, they are so honored by their peers as a positive reflection to all those in this profession who seek achievement!” —Hermann G. Rusch

2016 American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame™ Inductees

John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HBOT, HOF, chair of the American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame™, is pleased to announce the following inductees for 2016:

Robert Forquer

Robert M. Forquer, CEC®, AAC® (posthumous)

ACF Conemaugh Valley Chefs Association
Sponsored by: Thomas J. Macrina, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®


Wolfgang Geckeler

Wolfgang D. Geckeler, CEC®, AAC®

ACF Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
Sponsored by: David Goldstein, President, ACF Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey; Willie Lewis, AAC®, HOF


Walter Leible

Walter W. Leible, CMC®, AAC®

ACF Chef’s Association of Arizona, Inc.
Sponsored by: Carlton Brooks, CEPC®, CCE®, AAC®; Raimund W. Hofmeister, CMC®, AAC®


Louis Venezia, CEC®, AAC®

ACF of Greater Buffalo New York
Sponsored by: Mark G. Wright, CEC®, AAC®