ACF New York Wine Country Chefs,
practical exam Jan. 16 at Cornell University,
Ithaca, N. Y. Nine chefs from the Finger Lakes
passed the CEC exam. Pictured are judges
Mark Wright, CEC, AAC, far left, Noble Masi,
CEPC, CMB, AAC, HOF, second from left,
and Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF,
center, with Steven Miller, CEC, CCA, chapter
president, and Barbara Zimet, far right,
chapter secretary and test administrator.
More than a dozen ACF Chefs of
Northwest Indiana members and several
culinary students put on their toques for
a good cause at Avalon Manor, Hobart,
Ind., Jan. 28. Chefs cooked at eight
stations during Adventures in International
Cuisine, a fundraising event to benefit
Northwest Indiana Adult Guardian
Services and the chapter’s scholarship
fund. More than 130 guests attended
and enjoyed cuisine samplings from Asia,
the Caribbean, France, Germany, Italy,
Mexico and Spain. More than $2,500 in
scholarship funds was raised, and several
thousand dollars was raised for Guardian
Services, which provides guardianship
Indiana chefs cook for a cause
Chef volunteers at Adventures in
International Cuisine from left to right:
Timothy Merkel; Joseph Trama, CEC;
and Hugo Pera.
services for incapacitated adults residing
in Northwest Indiana.
ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
held its 6th Annual Awards Dinner Gala Feb.
7 at Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse, Chicago.
Two hundred guests attended the sold-out
event, which is the chapter’s largest annual
fundraiser. More than $12,000 was raised to
fund scholarship initiatives and educational
programming. The gala celebrated the
chapter’s main areas of focus: education,
scholarship and certification.
Chicago chefs present
Cordon d’Or award winners announced
Winners of the 2009-2010 Cordon d’Or-Gold Ribbon Culinary Academy Awards will
be honored April 30 at The Don CeSar, St.
Petersburg, Fla. The Cordon d’Or—Gold
Ribbon program was established in 1985 in
Europe and has been in the U.S. since 1990,
according to Noreen Kinney, president. This
year’s honorees include:
Cookbooks and Culinary Arts—
•;Culinary Reference award for
The Chef’s Répertoire (American
Technical Publishers, 2010); and
Special Merit Award for Culinary
Website/Blog for www.chefgui.com:
Gui Alinat, CEC, chef/owner, Elite Events
Catering, Tampa, Fla.; ACF National Chapter
•;Culinary Textbook award for The
Culinary Professional (Goodheart-
Willcox Publisher, 2010): John Draz,
CEC, CCE, executive research chef, Ed
Miniat, Inc., South Holland, Ill.; ACF Windy
City Professional Culinarians Inc.; and
Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, dean
of The School of Culinary Arts, Kendall
College, Chicago; ACF Windy City
Professional Culinarians Inc.
ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians
Inc. presented Joseph D’Alessandro,
front row, left, with its President’s Award,
Feb. 7. Chefs from left to right, Robert
Walter, CEC, CCA, John Reed, CEC,
CCA, and Linda Rosner, CEC.
Academy of the Culinary Arts
• Culinarian of the Year award: Thomas
Macrina, CEC, CCA, HGT, AAC, executive
chef, Desmond Great Valley Hotel and
Conference Center, Malvern, Pa.; ACF
•;Culinary Entrepreneur award:
Candy Wallace, founder/executive
director, American Personal & Private
Chef Association, San Diego; ACF
•;Chef Educator award: Mary Petersen,
president, The Center for the Advancement
of Foodservice Education, Annapolis, Md.
For the complete list of 2009-2010 award
winners, visit www.cordondorcuisine.com.