This Week's Important Deadlines
ACF's 2018 event theme is Be The Change... Exciting keynote speakers, presenters and chef demonstrations in new culinary trends will inspire you to #BeTheChange in your kitchen.
Hotel Booking & Discount Registration Deadlines Fast Approaching
ACF event attendees receive special pricing from the host hotels when they book by the deadlines below. Discount offers are subject to room availability at time of booking.

ChefConnect: Charlotte
Deadline January 25, 2018  – Westin Charlotte
Book Reservation Online -  Click here!
*Cannot guarantee the room rate after the 25th - Close to sell out!*
 After February 9 all registrations will be onsite and registration cost will increase to onsite pricing.
ChefConnect: Newport Beach
Deadline February 18, 2018  – Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa
Book Reservation Online -  Click here!
 *Cannot guarantee the room rate after the 18th - Close to sell out!*
After March 2 all registrations will be onsite and registration cost will increase to onsite pricing.
Did you know?Chapters do the voting for ACF Committee members during their region's ChefConnect event.
Deadlines for ACF Committee Candidates
 Nominations are being accepted for elected committee positions on American Culinary Federation's Internal Audit and Ethics committees. Each committee has five open positions - one per region and one national chairperson.

Professional Culinarian members and Senior Professional Culinarian members in good standing may submit their Intent to Run postmarked no later than deadline:

Northeast & Southeast regions: Deadline January 29
Central & Western Regions: Deadline February 1
More details and Intent to Run forms may be found here .
Certification News
Space Is Limited - Apply for Approved Mentor Training
Evaluators interested in ACF Approved Mentor Training, to be held at 2018's ChefConnect: Charlotte and ChefConnect: Newport Beach , should apply as soon as possible. Only advance applicants are invited to train and space is limited. Request an application from
Upgrade Your Certification 
After a short three years, most CC® and CPC® candidates are ready to move up to Certified Sous Chef® or Certified Working Pastry Chef® level. You've been working hard in kitchen and perfecting skills that earned you the CC® or CPC® Certification, so you only need three refresher courses and updated work experience to test for CSC® or CWPC®. Fill out the CSC® Step 1 application or CWPC® Step 1 application to start and send to

Want to know more about
ACF Certification?
Call the ACF Certification Hotline at 888-817-5344, email us at , check out ACF Certification Website , or find us on Facebook.  
Register now for ServSafe® and other Refresher Course Workshops available during ACF 2018 ChefConnect events:
ACF Member News
Career Fairs at ACF Events
Help make your team the best it can be! Tell your HR department about ACF’s 2018 Career Fair Series. There are still some sponsorships and recruiter tables available for ChefConnect Charlotte, ChefConnect Newport Beach and the Cook. Craft. Create ACF National Convention & Show in New Orleans. It’s the perfect opportunity for your company to come meet the best in the business.    Click here for an application.

Knowledge Bowl Practice USB – 2017 Edition
 Looking to replicate the Knowledge Bowl competition in your school or practice for an upcoming competition? The new Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl – 2017 Practice Edition features 12 pre-loaded game boards and 12 customizable game boards. Order yours today!
Apply Today to Become the Next “ACF Young Chef of the Month”
Earn more than just bragging rights! As a Young Chef of the Month, you will receive a FREE education badge to an ACF  ChefConnect  or  Cook. Craft. Create.  event of your choice. “ACF Young Chef of the Month” will look great on your resume! Submission deadline is the 15th of each respective month.
January’s winner is Sarah Dilling from Achille, Okla., member of Texas Chefs Association. Check out her story about her mentor! 
ACF Chefs in the News
ACF chefs are in the news and make a positive impact in their communities. Share your chapter's news with ACF by sending clips to .
At Johnson County Community College, there is no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen – especially when they are competing for the  American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Youth Team USA .
Southeast Food Service News shares the highlights of Chef Corey Siegel's award-winning career, including competing in 2013 Bocuse D'Or with mentor Rich Rosendale CMC®. To hear more about their Bocuse D'Or journey, catch the free screening of THE CONTENDER offered at ACF ChefConnects this spring.
Trends, Techniques and Tastes
A Chef's Resolutions for 2018
2017 brought a significant number of challenges to the table for chefs and for restaurants. Here’s what to change in 2018, from ACF We Are Chefs blog.
Pepper Tagliatelle Pasta with
Lobster & Vanilla Cream Sauce

Chef Keith Sarasin, Owner of The Farmers Dinner in Boston, presents a luscious pasta rich with New England's favorite seafood. Sponsored by McCormick
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