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neWs Bites from the acf foodservice community
Wither, CEC, executive chef, The Chagrin Valley Hunt Club; Chef Educator
of the Year—Devan Corti, culinary arts instructor, West Shore Career-Tech
District, Lakewood, Ohio; Lifetime Achievement Award—George Sideras,
CEC, AAC, corporate executive chef, Nestlé Professional, Solon, Ohio;
and Purveyor Partner of the Year Award—Sirna & Sons Produce, Norwalk,
Ohio. Also, the following students received scholarships worth $4,000,
thanks to a donation from chapter member Aaron Costic, owner, Elegant
Ice Creations, Broadview Heights, Ohio: Jonathan Gardner, De’Vryon Gray,
Veronica San Juan, Brandon Schieferle and Cheyenne Yates. Pictured:
Jonathan Wither, right, is congratulated on his Chef of the Year award by
John Selick, CEC, CCA, chapter president.
7. Chefs learn about food-and-beer pairings
SupHerb Farms, Turlock, California, hosted members of ACF San Francisco
Chapter, pictured, at Dust Bowl Brewing, Turlock, Sept. 20, 2017, for a
day of food-and-beer pairings and behind-the-scenes tours. The keynote
speaker was Hoby Wedler, a renowned pioneer in sensory tasting and co-founder of Senspoint Design. Blind from birth, Wedler collaborated with
SupHerb Farms chef Scott Adair, and Dust Bowl’s brewmaster Don Oliver
and taproom chef Abel Larios to guide guests through four pairings.
8. Great American Teach-In Day an opportunity
Michael Rigberg, CEC, CCA, AAC, chef instructor/executive chef at The
Art Institute of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, a member of ACF Gulf to Lakes
Chefs & Cooks Association, Inc., and culinary arts students from Land O’
Lakes High School (LOLHS), Land O’ Lakes, Florida, gave a presentation
during Great American Teach-In Day, Nov. 16, 2017, to 38 students
in two classes at Roland Park K- 8 School, Tampa. They demonstrated
making pasta from scratch and prepared three varieties of tortellini.
LOLHS senior culinary students talked to the Roland Park students about
their school’s culinary program, as well as their personal experiences and
goals. Students, pictured, enjoy the hands-on part of the presentation.
9. Chapter serves hot breakfast for 5K
ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association cooked a hot breakfast for
runners and their guests at the 8th Annual Great Santa Run 5K, Dec. 3,
2017, at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas.
Donations at the breakfast benefited Operation Breakthrough, Kansas
City, and ACFEF’s Chef & Child initiative. This is the seventh year in a
row that the chapter’s students, apprentices, chefs and vendors have
volunteered for the breakfast, serving upward of 1,200 guests.
10. Chapter members, students volunteer at
Members of ACF Casco Bay Culinary Association of Portland ME and
students from Southern Maine Community College, South Portland,
pictured, made gingerbread houses with patients at The Barbara Bush
Children’s Hospital, Portland, Dec. 11, 2017. Chapter members have
volunteered at the hospital for close to 30 years.