A Holiday Message from your
Northeast Region Vice President
Greetings to all in the Northeast. I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. I hope that all of our members enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving and for those of us who had to work that day, just think about all the people we made happy with our delicious food.

The holidays are approaching and it is time to think back over the year and be thankful. Let’s not forget our troops overseas and keep them all in our prayers, especially during this season when they are so far away from home.

By the time this letter is out, we will have already seen the results of the New York State Student Team cook-off and be getting ready to watch the Ohio State Cook-off on Dec. 16. Year after year, it is these two groups that vie to be the champs in the Northeast. I will be at both of these competitions rooting for all the students to strive for the gold. 
I have been trying to keep in contact with as many chapters as possible and hope to spend more time visiting the region after the holidays. On the competition scene, The Big Apple Chapter hosted their first competition under newly elected president Robert Walljasper, CEC, CCE, on Oct. 21 at New York City Technical College. We also have several competitions in the region this month. Recently, The ACF Long Island Chapter and The New York Culinary Institute in New Rochelle hosted the New York State Student Competition on Dec. 2, which was won by Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College and on Dec. 9 they hosted the Greater New York Culinary Challenge.
Moving next door to Ohio, the ACF Columbus Chapter hosted the Ohio State Student Competition on Dec. 16 at the Columbus Culinary Institute, with the Columbus Culinary Institute winning over Cincinnati State and Hocking College. All the scores were very close. The Akron-Canton Cooks and Chefs Association will have their competition on Jan. 20-21 at Lorain County Community College.
The West Virginia State student competition hosted by West Virginia Northern Community College was won by the Pierpont Technical Community College team who will be moving on to the Buffalo regional competition in January.

In our region is the ACF Glens Falls Chapter holding their competition Jan. 10-12 at Skidmore College.
The events team is doing a fantastic job coordinating all the segments for ChefConnect: Charlotte, Feb. 25-27, in Charlotte, North Carolina , and we have some nice attendance numbers already accumulating. I am looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte in February. It looks like our days will be jam-packed with education and great speakers.
I want to thank all of you for the efforts made in the Northeast as far as chapter compliance is concerned. We are 100% compliant with all the tasks the national office has asked of us. Starting this month, we will have a region-wide conference call the second Wednesday of each month at 8:30 p.m. The national office will send out an announcement for these calls with all the call-in information. This will be an opportunity for members to field questions and keep everyone in the loop about their respective chapters’ activities. I look forward to hearing from you all.
Secretary Kyle Richardson is pleased to announce the launch of the Secretary’s Portal, which is an initiative we’ve undertaken to help keep the membership informed of board and committee activity, new benefits and information on committee nominations and elections. This site will allow all members access to view meeting minutes, financial snapshots and the newest announcements concerning the ACF. 

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and the most happiness in all your holidays. I hope to hear from many of you soon.
Have a most excellent and healthy New Year
Christopher J. Neary, CEC, CCA, AAC
Northeast Region Vice President
Attending the Epicurian Club of Boston's President's Ball on Nov. 5: Tom Macrina, Stafford DeCambra, Pedro Martinez, Mark Wright, myself & Rico DiFronzo
Team CINY won gold medals and qualified for regionals in Buffalo in Jan. This year’s gold medals in team competition runs the streak of 40 consecutive gold medals in team competition dating back to 2015 and is the third time in four years CINY has won the state championship!
The team was coached by Dean Frank Costantino, EdD, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, and Chef Eric Pellizzari, CEC, CCE. The judges were Reimund Pitz, CEC, CCE, AAC, Randy Torres, CCE, AAC, Raimond Hoffmeister, CMC, AAC, and Mickey Beriau, CEC, AAC.
ChefConnect: Charlotte is Feb. 25-27
ChefConnect: Charlotte kicks off with a lineup of very innovative speakers. Chef Dean Fearing, known as the father of Southwest cuisine; American culinary icon David Burke; and Claus Meyer, the founding father of new Nordic cuisine and co-founder of Noma will take the main stage as the featured keynotes in Charlotte. I'll see you there Feb. 25-27!
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Give yourself the gift of education and networking to grow your career. 
Professional members who purchase a full registration for either ChefConnect by Dec. 31 will receive $100 off the standard rate and be entered into a drawing to win an iPad! Call the Events team at (904) 824-4468 to receive this offer.
Delta Airlines Discount for Event Attendees
Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for American Culinary Federation event attendees in 2018. Visit the Hotel & Travel page for the event you plan to attend to get the meeting code and more information.
Need help convincing your boss or colleagues to attend an ACF event? Download this sheet for the talking points.
Northeast Region Culinary Salon Competitors
The Northeast Region culinary salons are Jan.26-28 at Erie Community College in Williamsville, New York. The best chefs in the Northeast will compete to represent the Northeast Region and earn the national title at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show in New Orleans, July 15-19. The public is invited to attend and cheer on the chefs!
U.S.A.'s Chef of the Year
  • Ben Simpkins, CEC, CCA - Baltimore Country Club
Pastry Chef of the Year
  • William Racin, CEPC - The Duquesne Club
Student Chef of the Year
  • Julia Spondike – Lorain County JVS
  • Julio Chavez – University of NY at Delhi
  • Nicholas Giambrone – Culinary Institute of NY
Student Team National Championship
  • ACF Long Island Chapter -- Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College (New York)
  • ACF Columbus Chapter -- Columbus Culinary Institute (Ohio)
  • ACF West Virginia Chapter -- Pierpont Culinary Academy (West Virginia)
Northeast Region Award Nominees
Regional award candidates will be recognized during the Vice Presidents' Gala during ChefConnect: Charlotte on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The below chefs have been recognized as leaders in our industry. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated!
Chef Educator of the Year
  • Lisa Christhilf, CEPC - Baltimore County Schools
Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award
  • Wolfgang Geckeler, CEC, AAC, HOF – AC Rescue Mission
Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award
(Award winner to be announced during Chef Pro lunch on Monday, Feb. 26.)
  • John Selick, CEC, CCA – Sodexo
  • Kenneth Trout, CEC, AAC – Icon Hospitality
  • Mark Kent, CEC, AAC – University of Akron
  • Philip DeMaiolo, CEC, AAC – Pier Sixty
Deadlines extended: Last chance to apply!
ACF Culinary Youth Team USA
ACF Culinary Teams are the official representative of the U.S. in international culinary competitions. The deadline for youth team applications is extended to Jan. 1, 2018.
Presidential Awards
The deadline to nominate a colleague or restaurant for a presidential award is Dec. 31. These awards represent the highest honors ACF can bestow.

Certification Updates
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ACF is currently piloting the CC and CPC electronic score sheets for release in early 2018.
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