Sweet Heat in the Southeast!
A Message From your Southeast Region Vice President
The Sweet Heat of the Southeast has a much welcomed Fall chill in the air! I am thankful for the opportunity to be here to witness these seasonal changes with my family, friends and colleagues.

The Holidays are upon us, are you ready? How did you survive the massive Thanksgiving Day feast? What are your “Best Practices” for holiday production? Please share with me on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter to help us learn and grow together.

I started cutting our 10” round cakes into 18 slices (was 14) and our pies into 12 slices ( was 10). After seeing too many half-eaten pieces from the dessert buffet table and on plates going to the dish pit, I determined smaller was better as most people just want to try it all, but their waistline couldn’t support that decision!

The ACF Board of Directors had its second meeting in my hometown of Chicago! It snowed the first day, but we were undaunted by the freeze and got down to business to find ways to be better stewards of the purse strings and still have valuable member services. Locking down conferences and conventions for the next few years to save money and help plan better events is a part of the plan. This week, ACF's 2017 Salary Survey will also be available in the member's portal.

I am really excited about a few of the cities we are looking at! Stay tuned for those announcements. Thank you to the ACF Chicago Chapter for being so gracious and hospitable to the board. Bravo to Elizabeth Bergin for her AAC honor!

Thank you to the members who took the time to get on our new monthly calls. It is one of the ways I am trying to reach members and get them the most up-to-date information on events, happenings and concerns. The calls are on the last Wednesday of each month starting again after the holidays. The next call will be Jan. 31.

Time: 8:30 p.m. EST
Call-in number: 605-475-4120  
Access code: 8427426

Topics discussed range from the ChefConnect: Charlotte conference in February to growing membership at the chapter level. That topic never gets old! Shout out to the Charlotte chapter for growing their membership in the midst of hosting our dual regional conference. 18 new members in one month is phenomenal! Kudos to our colleagues in Mobile, Alabama, for hosting more than 700 children for their Chef and Child event! We all look forward to sharing on the next call.
I pray your holidays are blessed beyond measure. I hope you and your loved ones are full of health and vitality, joy and love today, and all through the New Year! Merry Christmas! Shalom aleikhem! Happy Kwanzaa! As-Salaam Alaykum ! Feliz Navidad! Schöne Ferien! Hetep! Bonnes fêtes! Krismasi njema!

Happy Holidays Y’all!
Kimberly Brock Brown, CEPC, CCA, AAC
Southeast Region Vice President
ChefConnect: Charlotte
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!
We've streamlined to be more flexible for your budget:
  • Choose full registration with meals, education-only registration (no meals) or purchase a day badge.
  • Purchase a la carte meals for the Welcome reception, Chef Pro lunch, Vice Presidents' Gala or AAC dinner.
  • No more scanning for seminars or tickets for meals! You automatically receive continuing education hours post-conference.
  • All non-ACF member registrations include a one-year national membership.
  • Student/senior rate is not increased in until onsite.
  • Shortened general session features one keynote speaker daily.
Happy Holidays Sale
Give yourself the gift of education and networking to grow your career. Professional members who purchase a full registration by Dec. 31 will receive $100 off the standard rate and be entered into a drawing to win an iPad! You must call the Events team to receive this offer at (904) 824-4468.
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.
Southeast Region Culinary Salon Competitors
The Southeast Region culinary salons are Feb.23-25 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. The best chefs in the Southeast will compete to represent the Southeast 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
  • Christopher Bugher, CEC – AB Technical Community College
  • Hari Pulpaka, CEC – Cress Restaurant
  • Michael Deihl, CEC, CCA, AAC – BlueFrog Foods
  • Morgan Heneghan – Farmington Country Club
Pastry Chef of the Year
  • Joseph Cumm, CEPC – CSM Bakery Solutions
Student Chef of the Year
  • Larry Colbert – AI Atlanta
  • Tien Tran – AI Atlanta
Student Team National Championship
  • Bahamas Culinary Association – University of the Bahamas (Bahamas)
  • Gulf Coast Culinary Association – Pensacola State College (Florida)
  • ACF Kentucky Chapter – Sullivan University, NCHS (Kentucky)
  • Raleigh-Durham Area Chefs Assoc – Alamance Community College (North Carolina)
  • ACF Myrtle Beach Chapter – International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach (South Carolina)
Southeast 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
  • John Schopp, CEC, CEPC, CCA – Virginia Western Community College
  • Peter Vossenberg, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC – FL Tech College
Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award
  • Bernd Mueller, CEC, AAC – Mueller’s FOE’s
  • James Zeisler, CEC, CCA – Virginia Western Community College
Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award
(Award winner to be announced during Chef Pro lunch on Monday, Feb. 26.)
  • Joe Alfano, CEC, AAC – Universal Orlando
  • Samuel Spencer – Coastal Alabama Community College
  • Ted Polfelt, CEC, CCA – Jefferson St Mgmt
Deadlines extended: Last chance to apply!
Knowledge Bowl
The Knowledge Bowl is a battle of culinary wits! Face off against student teams to prove your chapter/school is the best in the nation! The deadline is extended to Dec. 15.

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
For certification news and updates, follow the
ACF Certification Group page on Facebook.
ACF is currently piloting the CC and CPC electronic score sheets for release in early 2018.
ACF is expanding practical exam sites by reaching out to administrators and chapters. Learn more.
A new Certification Evaluator handbook is in development for Certification Evaluators.
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