Monday, September 8, 2014

  ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine

General Meeting

  La Villa Restaurant and Banquets
  3632 N. Pulaski Rd, Chicago
  773-283-7980 for directions
  5:00 Registration
5:30 Seminar
  Gluten Free Seminar with Denise
  6:30 Dinner and Meeting
  Member  $30.00
  Non Members $35.00
  Board has elected a new policy;
  If you have not made
  a reservation there will be a $5.00 surcharge or if have made a
  reservation and do not show, you will be billed. 
  ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine
  For Reservations
  Phone: 312-300-4818 ~ 


Event Report 2014

 Congratulations to all members that are mentioned in the
ACF National Convention report below. As your president I attended the Board of
Governors meeting during the business session at the convention, where I
presented as the Chairperson of the Bylaws Committee proposed Bylaws changes
for the ACF and the ACF Foundation. Proposed changes were approved with a vote
of confidence by the majority. Thank you to all Governors. We had great chapter
member’s representation attending the convention, several Board members, also
past presidents and other members.

I am looking forward to a productive and fun upcoming
chapter’s meetings.


Joe Aiello, CEC, AAC



Report Was Published by ACF, Full Report available at

More than 1,000 chefs, cooks, students and foodservice professionals attended the 2014 ACF National Convention,

hosted by ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association in Kansas City, Missouri, July 25–29.

The annual event provided attendees with opportunities to advance their professional development and
enhance their culinary skills through hands-on workshops and seminars,cutting-edge demonstrations, a trade show featuring nearly 100 exhibitors,
national competitions and ACF’s national awards.

This year’s presenters included Pat LaFrieda, third-generation meat purveyor and owner of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, North Bergen, New Jersey,

who demonstrated the art of butchery; Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder/academic dean for student affairs,

The French Pastry School, Chicago, who shared his knowledge and expertise for making desserts; and Becky Wortman, chef/owner, Imagine
Something Sweet, Clayton, Washington, and one of Dessert Professional’s 2014 Top Ten Cake Artists in America, who demonstrated the art of sculpting
buttercream showpieces.
During General Session, July 26, Rochelle Trotter, wife of the late renowned chef Charlie Trotter, HHOF, announced that the Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education
Foundation will donate $25,000 to the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation for culinary-arts education scholarships.

General Session included a panel tribute to Charlie Trotter by former employees and colleagues who shared memories of working with Trotter and outlined their plans for The Trotter Project, an initiative to promote culinary arts, service and
education. Homaro Cantu, chef/owner, Moto, Chicago, who was also a panel
member, gave a molecular gastronomy-inspired culinary demonstration.

Below are the 2014 ACF award winners and honorees:

U.S.A.’s Chef of the
Year, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions:

Timothy Prefontaine, CEC®, executive chef, The Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth, Texas; ACF national member

ACF Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Plugrá® European-Style Butter

Stephan Schubert, executive pastry chef, River City Casino & Hotel, St. Louis; Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.

ACF Chef Educator of the Year  

JeanYves Vendeville, CEPC®, department chair/instructor, Savannah TechnicalCollege, Savannah, Georgia; ACF Chefs of the Low Country

ACF Student Chef of the Year,sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.

Chase Grove, chef de partie, The Grey Plume, Omaha, Nebraska; student, The Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha;

ACF Professional Chefs and Culinarians of the Heartland Dr. L.J. Minor Chef
Professionalism Award, sponsored by MINOR’S®

Michael Garbin, CEC®, AAC®, executive chef, Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.

Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

Hartmut Handke, CMC®, AAC®, chef/owner, Culinary Fast-Trac, Dublin, Ohio; ACF Columbus ChapterACF Student Team

National Championship, sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc. ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association; Johnson County Community College,
Overland Park, Kansas; Raquel Kramer, Katie O’Connor, Matt Phillips, Kathryn
Ratzlaff and Jessica Seely; Felix Sturmer, coach 
Baron H. Galand Culinary
Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers and US Foods

Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, North Carolina; ACF North Carolina
Chapter; Aisha Boston, Jessica Bower, Alexia D’Egidio and Michael Nasrallah;
Linda Beitz and Patrick Sanecki, CHE, coaches

ACF Industry Partnership

European-Style Butter; Kansas City, Missouri

ACF National Chapter of
the Year

Monterey Bay Chapter; Monterey, California

ACF Region of the Year

Western Region

ACF Culinary Community
Spirit Award

Chefs de Cuisine Association; Detroit

ACF World of Thanks

Greater Kansas City Chefs Association; Kansas City, Missouri

ACF President’s
Medallion Recipients

     Hoffstadt, CEC®, AAC®, HOF, retired, Tinley Park, Illinois; ACF Chicago
     Chefs of Cuisine Inc.

Cutting Edge Award

     Ferguson, vice president business development, Goodwill Industries of
     Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin; ACF Windy City
     Professional Culinarians Inc.

Achievement of
Excellence Awards

     Farm Kitchen; Chicago
     Maria’s Pizzeria & Ristorante; Bensenville, Illinois
     Ristorante & Banquets; Chicago
     Ristorante & Wine Bar; Chicago
     Signature Room at the 95th; Chicago

American Academy of
Chefs® (AAC®) Chair’s Medal

Wright, CEC®, AAC®, department chair of hospitality management, Erie Community
College, Buffalo, New York; ACF of Greater Buffalo New York

Lawrence A. Conti, CEC®,
AAC®, HOF, Chair’s Achievement Award

Campagna, CEC®, HAAC, retired, San Carlos, California; ACF San Francisco

Joseph Amendola Award

O’Malley, CEPC®, AAC®, pastry chef instructor, Kapiʻolani Community College,
Honolulu; ACF Honolulu Chapter

Chef Good Taste Award

Gilbert, CEC®, AAC®, director of culinary, Custom Culinary, Inc., Lombard,
Illinois; ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.

Lt. General John D.
McLaughlin Award

Campbell, CEC®, army sustainment command food advisor, U.S. Army, Rock Island
Arsenal, Illinois; Old Dominion ACF Chapter

Sharing Culinary
Traditions Award

 Phone: 312-300-4818 ~


Please join us at our October Meeting at the Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont

October 6, 2014

Member $30.00 – Non Members $35.00


Don’t Miss our November Meeting at Gibson’s

November 3, 2014

$40.00 per person


December Meeting and Date TBD



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