Northeast and Southeast Chefs Honored at ACF Conference in Atlanta

Mar 18, 2016 Industry News
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Chefs, students, and foodservice professionals from the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Northeast and Southeast regions gathered for professional development and culinary trend seminars at ChefConnect: Atlanta. The conference took place at Hyatt Regency Atlanta from March 13—15.

Conference topics included food pairings, beef trends, Southern cooking, French pastry techniques, and molecular gastronomy. Attendees enjoyed hands-on workshops, culinary demonstrations, and networking opportunities.

Presenters included Hugh Acheson, James Beard award-winning chef, local food advocate, author and judge on Bravo's “Top Chef,” Linton Hopkins, James Beard award-winning chef and local restauranteur, and Patrice Caillot, pastry chef instructor, The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago.

Regional awards were presented to Northeast and Southeast region chefs and students during the conference. The following ACF award winners have the opportunity to earn their respective national titles at Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show, Phoenix, July 15—19.

ACF Northeast Region Chef Educator of the Year

Gerard Prevost, CEC, CCE, chef instructor, St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury, Vermont; White Mountain Chapter of the ACF

ACF Southeast Region Chef Educator of the Year

Kathleen Vossenberg, CCC, CCE, lead chef instructor, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Orlando, Florida; ACF Central Florida Chapter

ACF Northeast Region Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

James Taylor, CEC, AAC, MBA, professor, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio; ACF Columbus Chapter

ACF Southeast Region Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

Howard Cooper, Ph.D., retired, Decatur, Georgia; ACF Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc.

ACF Northeast Region Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by Minor’s

Timothy Recher, CEC, executive chef/assistant general manager, Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, Virginia; ACF Nation’s Capital Chefs Association

ACF Southeast Region Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by Minor’s

Dominick Laudia, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club, Boca Raton, Florida; ACF Palm Beach County Chefs Association

ACF Northeast Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers

Students representing ACF Eastern Long Island Chefs Chapter, Riverhead, New York

ACF Southeast Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers

Students representing ACF Middle Tennessee Chapter; La Vergne, Tennessee

ACF Northeast Region Chef of the Year, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

Gary Davis Jr., executive chef, Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, Cincinnati; ACF Greater Cincinnati Chapter

ACF Southeast Region Chef of the Year, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

Ted Polfelt, CEC, CCA, executive chef, Jefferson Street Management Group, Roanoke, Virginia; ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter

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

Cher Harris, CEPC, executive pastry chef at The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania; ACF Harrisburg Chapter

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

Kelly Bellmore, CEPC, executive pastry chef, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina; ACF North Carolina Chapter

ACF Northeast Region Student Chef of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary

Denise Aguayo, student/lab assistant, The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College, New Rochelle, New York; ACF Long Island Chapter

ACF Southeast Region Student Chef of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary

Ruth Solis, garde manger cook, Cherokee Town and Country Club, Atlanta; ACF Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc.

ACF Northeast Region Student Team Regional Championship, sponsored by Vitamix

Students representing ACF Long Island Chapter that attend The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College, New Rochelle, New York

ACF Southeast Region Student Team Regional Championship, sponsored by Vitamix

Students representing ACF North Carolina Chapter that attend Alamance Community College, Graham, North Carolina

ChefConnect: Atlanta award recipients in ACF’s Northeast and Southeast regions listed below were recognized for their outstanding contributions to ACF, goodwill in their communities and/or culinary excellence.

ACF Northeast Region Chapter of the Year

ACF Nation’s Capital Chefs Association; Washington, D.C.

ACF Southeast Region Chapter of the Year

ACF Central Florida Chapter; Orlando, Florida

ACF Northeast Region Chapter Achievement Awards

ACF Nation’s Capital Chefs Association; Washington, D.C.

ACF Epicurean Club of Boston; Boston

ACF Columbus Chapter; Columbus, Ohio

ACF Harrisburg Chapter; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

ACF Southeast Region Chapter Achievement Awards

ACF Central Florida Chapter; Orlando, Florida

ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association, Inc.; Tampa, Florida

ACF Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc.; Atlanta

ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter; Roanoke, Virginia

ACF World of Thanks

ACF Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc.; Atlanta

ACF Northeast Region President’s Medallions

Douglas Patten, CEC, CCA, AAC, corporate executive chef, FLIK Hospitality Group, Rye Brook, New York; ACF Epicurean Club of Boston

Jason Knapp, CEC, chef instructor, Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio; ACF Columbus Chapter

ACF Southeast Region President’s Medallions

Clyde Christmas, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Bermuda Run Country Club, Bermuda Run, North Carolina; ACF North Carolina Chapter

Rocco Paradiso, corporate chef, US Foods, Fort Mill, South Carolina; Chefs & Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland

Joseph Randall, chef/owner, Chef Joe Randall’s Cooking School, Savannah, Georgia; ACF Savannah Chefs Association

ACF Northeast Region Cutting Edge Awards, sponsored by Friedr. Dick Corp.

Lawrence Alexander Jr., CCC, executive chef, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, Wheeling, West Virginia; Chefs & Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland

Shawn Culp, CEC, MBA, culinary arts department chair, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh; ACF Pittsburgh Chapter

ACF Southeast Region Cutting Edge Awards, sponsored by Friedr. Dick Corp.

John Bell, CEC, executive chef, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida; ACF Gulf to Lake Chefs & Cooks Association, Inc.

Timothy Recher, CEC, executive chef/assistant general manager, Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, Virginia; ACF Nation’s Capital Chefs Association

ACF Southeast Region Achievement of Excellence Awards

Army Navy Country Club; Arlington, Virginia

Café Calderón; San Juan, Puerto Rico

More than 450 chefs, students, and foodservice professionals attended ChefConnect: Atlanta. The conference was part of ACF’s Signature Series, which provides educational and networking opportunities for culinary industry professionals and students. 

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