ON THE INSIDE
What advice do you have for someone
considering restaurant ownership?
Make sure you love the restaurant
business, because you’re married to it.
Work in another restaurant for several
years, so you know what you’re getting
into; the long hours are part of being in
business for yourself. The definition of an
entrepreneur should be “one constantly
seeking employment,” and that’s what
a restaurant demands—constantly
seeking new revenue streams.
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What gives you pleasure on the job
My pleasure comes from forced
creativity. And hearing good comments
from our guests never gets old.
Foodservice companies join Michelle
Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative
Charlotte, N.C.-based Chartwells
School Dining Services and Produce
for Better Health Foundation (PBH),
Wilmington, Del., are two of the many
foodservice companies joining First
Lady Michelle Obama in “Let’s Move,”
a national campaign to end childhood
obesity within the next generation.
PBH mailed letters of support for the
initiative to Michelle Obama and other
key government health representatives,
and will continue to promote children’s
access to affordable, convenient and
nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Chartwells is partnering with the
communities it serves to more than
quadruple the number that qualify
for gold-level nutrition status of the
Healthier US School Challenge by the
close of the 2010-2011 school year.
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comments from both sides and following
in-depth discussions with former members
and our current Team USA manager, Steve
Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC, we have come to
an agreement to move forward.
the board liaison and will assist Chef Jilleba
and the team on the road to success.
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It’s still a complicated situation. Team
USA, ACF and team members must work
together to ensure that the team has
the funding to go all the way to Erfurt,
Germany, in October 2012 to compete in
the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung
(IKA). Many of you have sent e-mails of
support to the team, and we will call on you
to assist us in raising the needed funds
to make Team USA truly financially self-
sufficient. We will make every effort to drive
the team’s success, but at the end of the
day, your board of directors has a fiduciary
responsibility to protect members’ assets.
Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, HGT, AAC, is
We ask those with opposing views and those
who express passion for the team to step up
to the plate and help us in moving forward with
Team USA 2012. This includes many of you
who have had the opportunity to benefit as
past team members. It’s time to join together
and give back to a part of ACF that has been
good to you during your culinary years.
know the amount of preparation it takes
On the Road
to make sure the submitted self-study
is validated. Conducting such a site visit
abroad requires additional diligence,
because as we look at the accreditation
standards, we need to view some of them
from the perspective of the particular
country where the program is located.
Finally, last month I was traveling on ACF
business, attending two of our regional
conferences in Hershey, Pa., and Indianapolis;
visiting Fort Lee for the U.S. Army Culinary
Arts Competition; and being part of an
accreditation site visit in Manila, Philippines.
Those of you who have had the opportunity
to be involved in a site visit for accreditation
Last month, I mentioned we were “the
envy of the world.” This includes our
accreditation program. Outside the U.S.,
we are currently in three countries—
Peru, Philippines and Switzerland—and
Bermuda. We have received inquiries from
several other international schools, even a
high school program in Taiwan that sees
the value of becoming accredited by ACF.
This is a testimony to our organization,
and we should all be proud of what this
program brings to us.