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American Culinary Federation Announces Three Certified Master Chefs(r) After Rigorous Eight-Day Test

American Culinary Federation - 11 October 2017
After an exciting display of culinary expertise, Gerald Ford, CMC, Joseph Leonardi, CMC, and Shawn Loving, CMC, were named to the prestigious group of culinarians known as Certified Master Chefs® (CMCs®) by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The ACF Certified Master Chef designation is the highest level of professional certification that a chef can receive in the United States. The 2017 exam took place Sept. 30-Oct. 7 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan.
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The Culinary Insider: October 2, 2017

American Culinary Federation - 3 October 2017
The ACF Certified Master Chef exam is being administered at Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan. During this progressive eight-day exam, candidates will verify their skills, professionalism and mastery of cooking. Members can follow the candidates' journey on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and view additional photos on ACF's Flickr page.
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The Culinary Insider: September 18, 2017

American Culinary Federation - 21 September 2017
We have all seen and heard about the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our thoughts and prayers are with each person affected by the catastrophes. Funds from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Disaster Relief Fund are available to assist ACF members, schools with ACFEF programmatic accreditation and their students, communities and individuals affected by catastrophic events and natural disasters. This form is also in the Members Portal.
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Top U.S. Chefs Face Ultimate Challenge to Achieve American Culinary Federation Certified Master Chef(r) Distinction

American Culinary Federation - 19 September 2017
Ten leading chefs from across the U.S. will take the ultimate culinary challenge to earn the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certified Master Chef® (CMC®) title, the highest level of certification in the U.S. that a chef can receive. The eight-day exam takes place Sept. 30 to Oct. 7 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan, and will test candidates’ expertise, skill and creativity across multiple cuisines.
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The Culinary Insider: September 5, 2017

American Culinary Federation - 18 September 2017
We have all seen and heard about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers are with each person affected by the catastrophe. The well-being of our members is very important to us and we wanted to provide an update on disaster relief efforts and how ACF chefs can help.
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Ralph Feraco, CEC, AAC, Receives National Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award at the 2017 American Culinary Federation National Convention

American Culinary Federation - 26 July 2017
—Ralph Feraco, CEC, AAC, executive chef at Kensington Golf and Country Club, Naples, Florida, was honored by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) with the national Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award. Feraco received the award during the Chef Professionalism Dinner at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show held in Orlando, Florida, July 9-13. “Being the recipient the Dr. L J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award means everything to me because it recognizes 25 years of service to the industry and beyond,” said Feraco. “Every chef wants to be recognized for their talent and cooking skills, but to be recognized for what you do other than cooking is a true honor and a humbling experience.”
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Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Wins the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl at 2017 American Culinary Federation National Convention

American Culinary Federation - 26 July 2017
— Students from Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago, Illinois, proved they have the culinary expertise to win the 2017 Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl. The competition, sponsored by American Technical Publishers and Vitamix, took place at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show, Orlando, Florida, July 9-13. Kendall College team members Brandy Freberg, Joshua Ludwig, Nikhil Bendre, CC, and Benton Givens, faced off against three other ACF regional teams in the “Jeopardy”- style competition. Kendall College assistant professor Wook Kang, CEC, coached the team and Nelia Salvi, CC, a former Kendall College Knowledge Bowl competitor, was the assistant coach. Since 2010, Kendall College has claimed the national Knowledge Bowl title four times and the regional title eight times. members of Chefs & Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland
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Michael Beriau, CEC, AAC, Receives 2017 Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award at American Culinary Federation National Convention

American Culinary Federation - 26 July 2017
—Michael Beriau, CEC, AAC, foodservice consultant and Northeast Chairman for the ACF National Culinary Competition Committee, East Falmouth, Massachusetts, received the 2017 Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show held in Orlando, July 9- 13. The Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award began in 2002. The award honors chefs who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to ACF and the advancement of the culinary profession. The award is named in honor of Hermann G. Rusch, AAC, (1907–1997), an ACF member instrumental in the advancement of the culinary profession through leadership and the enrichment of students.
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Dan Boman, CEPC, Named 2017 Pastry Chef of the Year at the American Culinary Federation National Convention

American Culinary Federation - 26 July 2017
—The best pastry chef in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation (ACF), is Dan Boman, CEPC, chef instructor, Art Institute of Phoenix. Boman received the title of ACF Pastry Chef of the Year and $5,000 after winning a national competition during Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show in Orlando, Florida, July 9-13. The ACF Pastry Chef of the Year award, sponsored by Plugrá® European Style Butter, was established in 2004 and recognizes a pastry chef who displays a passion for the craft, has an accomplished reputation in the pastry field and has helped educate others by sharing skills and knowledge. Four finalists from ACF regions competed at the national convention after first being nominated by colleagues and then winning their respective regional competitions.
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Drew Garms, Executive Chef of The Everglades Club, Named 2017 U.S.A.'s Chef of the Yeartm at the American Culinary Federation National Convention

American Culinary Federation - 26 July 2017
The best chef in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation (ACF), is Drew Garms, executive chef, The Everglades Club, Palm Beach, Florida. Garms received the title of 2017 U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year and $5,000 after winning a national competition at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show held in Orlando, Florida, July 9-13. “The opportunity to train and push myself beyond my daily duties in the kitchen is something that has defined my entire career,” said Garms. “Winning the title of U.S.A.’s Chef of The Year is an unbelievable honor, but the knowledge and experience gained through countless hours of research and practice is the true reward.”
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Costa Magoulas, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, Named 2017 National Chef Educator of the Year by the American Culinary Federation

American Culinary Federation - 26 July 2017
Costa Magoulas, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, dean, Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Florida, received the American Culinary Federation (ACF) 2017 Chef Educator of the Year Award at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show held in Orlando, Florida, July 9-13. “Being a chef is a pure and noble profession,” said Magoulas. “Pure because we receive our satisfaction from pleasing others; noble because we touch the lives of people in a positive way with food that can last a lifetime. I have the greatest job in the world teaching young culinarians to pass that special gift on to others.”
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Utah Valley University Student Madeline Black Wins American Culinary Federation 2017 National Student Chef of the Year Competition

American Culinary Federation - 26 July 2017
The best student chef in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation (ACF), is Madeline Black, a student of Utah Valley University (UVU), Orem, Utah. Black received the 2017 ACF Student Chef of the Year award after winning a competition at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show held in Orlando, Florida, July 9-13. “Becoming the ACF Student Chef of the Year was an once-in-alifetime opportunity. I feel so blessed to have been able to compete in Florida, let alone win this amazing title,” said Black. “I could not have won the award on my own. As a first year student, I not only was learning from my chef mentor, Todd Leonard, CEC, but from every chef at Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute whose class I was in as I prepared to compete. I feel like the luckiest person on earth and give all the glory to God for the chance to develop my skills so much quicker than I would have on my own. When times got tough, I felt power from above pushing me on and guiding my actions.”

Hawaii-Kapi'olani Community College Student Team Wins 2017 ACF Western Region Student Team Championship

American Culinary Federation - 3 March 2017
Hawaii-Kapi'olani Community College Student Team from Honolulu, Hawaii, won the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Western Region Student Team Championship at the ACF Central and Western Region Culinary Salon held at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois.

Madeline Black Named 2017 American Culinary Federation Western Region Student Chef of the Year

American Culinary Federation - 3 March 2017
Madeline Black, student, Utah Valley University (UVU) Culinary Arts Institute, Orem Utah, was named 2017 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Western Region Student Chef of the Year at the ACF Central and Western Region Culinary Salon held at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois.

Dan Boman, CEPC, Named 2017 American Culinary Federation Western Region Pastry Chef of the Year

American Culinary Federation - 3 March 2017
—Dan Boman, CEPC, chef instructor, Art Institute of Phoenix, was named 2017 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Western Region Pastry Chef of the Year at the ACF Central and Western Region Culinary Salon held at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois

Angus McIntosh, Jr., CEC, Named 2017 American Culinary Federation Western Region Chef of the Year

American Culinary Federation - 3 March 2017
Angus McIntosh, Jr., CEC, chef de partie, The French Laundry, Yountville, California, was named 2017 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Western Region Chef of the Year at the ACF Central and Western Region Culinary Salon held at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois.

Missouri-ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc. Student Team Wins 2017 American Culinary Federation Central Region Student Team Championship

American Culinary Federation - 3 March 2017
The Missouri-ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc. Student Team won the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Central Region Student Team Championship at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois.

Gabrielle Edrosa Named 2017 American Culinary Federation Central Region Student Chef of the Year

American Culinary Federation - 3 March 2017
Gabrielle Edrosa, student, Johnson County Community College (JCCC), Overland Park, Kansas, was named 2017 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Central Region Student Chef of the Year at the ACF Central and Western Region Culinary Salon held at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois.

Julia Julian, CEPC, Named 2017 American Culinary Federation Central Region Pastry Chef of the Year

American Culinary Federation - 3 March 2017
Julia Julian, CEPC, Culinary and Baking/Pastry Instructor, Fox Valley Technical College, was named 2017 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Central Region Pastry Chef of the Year at the ACF Central and Western Region Culinary Salon held at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois. Julian also earned the title of Central Region Pastry Chef of the Year in 2012

Christopher Johnson Named 2017 American Culinary Federation Central Region Chef of the Year

American Culinary Federation - 3 March 2017
Christopher Johnson, owner/executive chef, The Meeting House, Rochester, Michigan, was named 2017 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Central Region Chef of the Year at the ACF Central and Western Region Culinary Salon held at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois.

Rubbermaid(r) Commercial Products' Color-Coded Foodservice System Earns Prestigious American Culinary Federation Seal of Approval

American Culinary Federation - 2 December 2016
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), the nation’s premier organization for professional chefs and cooks, has awarded Rubbermaid® Commercial Products’ (RCP) Color-Coded Foodservice System its Seal of Approval. The line of products was submitted for extensive testing and was approved by the ACF Seal of Approval Task Force.

The Culinary Insider: October 17, 2016

American Culinary Federation - 18 October 2016
The National Restaurant Association "What's Hot" Survey is live! Take the survey to identify the restaurant menu trends for the upcoming year and tell us what you think will be hot in 2017. The deadline to participate is Oct. 21. Cacao Berry invites pastry chefs and chocolatiers to participate in the U.S. national selections of World Chocolate Masters, April 27-28, at the Chocolate Academy Centre, Chicago. The winner will advance to the final competition in Paris. Interested in the future of sustainable food? Check out 'Food Forever,' a book by Lars Charas, Worldchefs member and the coordinator of Feeding Good, the global movement for and by chefs to find solutions for the world food problem.

The Culinary Insider: September 6, 2016

American Culinary Federation - 7 September 2016
Winslow Goodier, CEC, AAC, is featured in the documentary "Journey on the Chesapeake: The Way Back Home" airing Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. The chef and owner of Ware River Culinary explores the stories of people, places and foods for a "bay-to-table" experience. Goodier is a trained culinary expert with over 30 years of experience as an executive chef and a culinary educator. New ACFEF certification badges are available at a discounted price for ACF members. Login to the ACF e-store to receive your membership discount and click here for information on how to wear your new badge.

Dominick Laudia, CEC, AAC, Receives National Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award at the 2016 American Culinary Federation National Convention

American Culinary Federation - 25 August 2016
Dominick Laudia, CEC, AAC, executive chef at Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club, Boca Raton, Florida, was honored by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) with the national Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award. Laudia received the award during the Chef Professionalism Dinner at Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show held in Phoenix, July 15-19.

President's Message - Who Are Our Influencers?

American Culinary Federation - 31 May 2016
I was thinking recently about information overload. Between the newspapers, news feeds and newsletters, not to mention the social media sites we check throughout the day, how can we possibly retain all that info? And then there are magazines, both those online and the ones that come in the mail or get passed on to us from family and friends. Given the limited amount of time in which we have to read, I guess the trick is to read selectively, but so much comes to us in one form or another that sorting through it to find something noteworthy takes time. Which brings me to the topics in this issue of the NCR-everything from urban farms to food delivery to orange produce and oysters. There's a piece on edible flowers and another on drunken cheese, as well as an article on bourbon, the all-American spirit. So, dig in and find what's important to you.

Alpine Inn Receives Achievement of Excellence Award from American Culinary Federation

American Culinary Federation - 13 April 2016
The American Culinary Federation (ACF), the nation’s premier organization of professional chefs, honored Alpine Inn, Hill City, South Dakota, with an Achievement of Excellence Award at ChefConnect: Hawaii held April 3-5 at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii. Alpine Inn was one of two operations to receive the award during the conference. The award recognizes foodservice establishments that exemplify a commitment to excellence and a passion for the culinary arts. Criteria for the award include nomination by an ACF chapter or member, or an individual in the foodservice profession; consistent dedication to excellence in foodservice; and involvement in the community. “Being nominated for this prestigio

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