On November 1, 2001, at Castle
Restaurant in Leicester, Mass., Julia
Child, seated, was named Honorary
Escoffier Chair on behalf of Les Amis
d’Escoffier Society of New England.
Congratulating her, left to right, are:
James S. Nicas, Castle Restaurant
manager; John S. Nicas, Castle
Restaurant chef and president of the
New England Les Amis d’Escoffier
chapter; and Evangeline Nicas, Castle
Restaurant vice president. Child, who
is the subject of the recently released
movie, “Julie & Julia,” dined at Castle
The National Culinary Review | October 2009
We mourn the passing of our fellow culinarians,
who meant so much to the industry and to the
American Culinary Federation.
ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks
Throughout his 25-plus-years career, James
Chapman, CEC, CCA, executive chef at
Yellowstone National Park lodges, operated
by Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone
National Park, Wyo., has worked many high-profile events, including cooking for Frank
Sinatra and the king and queen of Norway. But
on August 15, The ACF Greater Yellowstone
Chapter member cooked a meal he will never
forget—one that fed the President of the
United States, Barack Obama.
Wyoming chef cooks for President Obama
While shopping for the artisan cheeses,
Chapman received word that they wanted
a cook-out themed lunch menu, instead.
Chapman created a sustainable cook-out
menu using all-natural, local ingredients,
including Montana Ranch Brand
Piedmontese Beef, Prairie Harvest All
Natural Chicken Breast, Lake Yellowstone
Trout and Wild Alaskan Salmon. After the
meal, the president asked to meet and
have a photo taken with Chapman.
“It was a last-minute thing. We didn’t even
know he was coming until four days before,”
Chapman says. “It was a quickly planned and
executed event. The only thing I knew was
that they wanted a fruit-and-cheese platter.”
“I’ve been doing this for a long time, but
this was a pretty big deal,” Chapman says.
“I stayed calm, and was proud of the food I
produced. It turned out well.”
John Colucci Sr.
ACF Epicurean Club of Boston
Ray A. Dault
ACF Greater Indianapolis Chapter
Michael J. Demyan
ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California
Mark M. Elko
ACF Susquehanna Valley Chefs Association