ACF National Convention: Orlando
August 4th – 8th, 2019

Have you registered for National Convention yet? If not, here's one more reason to go! Marco Pierre White has joined our roster of great speakers!

Interested in running for a committee position?

Are you an ACF member that would like to get more involved? Nominations for the Nominations and Elections Committee Chairperson are due May 31. Click here to apply.
The May/June issue of the National Culinary Review is out now in print and online.

If you don't have a print subscription, click here to get it now at the new lower price. (ACF members receive additional discounts.)

Use #NCRinthewild on social media to show us where you're reading your copy!

Did you know that culinary educators, program administrators and culinary schools can order a special NCR Education Package? Professional content for your culinary students is available both in print and digital, along with the NCR quiz.
A Big Opportunity for Small Businesses

ACF Members could have the chance to win $100,000 for their small business. Enter the Pitch to Win competition presented by Nationwide and BlueVine by June 30, 2019 for your chance to win big for your small business. For more details click here.

We're looking for amazing ACF chapters to highlight in a feature for NCR that we’re calling Chapters On a Mission.

 Click here to tell us what your chapter has been up to!
Smithfield Culinary and the ACF have expanded their partnership with the new Smithfield Partners in Culinary Excellence Member Development Program .

Throughout 2019, Smithfield and ACF leadership teams will choose 40 chefs ranging across a spectrum of experience levels, backgrounds and job titles to take part in an exclusive program that fosters meaningful relationships between talented chefs and the Smithfield Culinary team. Chefs welcomed into the program receive an ACF membership, the ability to gain exposure for their organization, the opportunity to consult with a leading protein company and a Smithfield-branded chef coat.  

We're proud to introduce the first 10 chefs that have been selected for the program:

  • Ashley A. Carter, The Omni Hotel and Resorts
  • Brigid Forrest, AVI Foodsystems
  • Katerina Howard, Columbia University NYC
  • Donnell Jones-Craven, Dondari CCS, LLC/48th Street Grille
  • William Yeadeke, Compass Group USA
  • Andre Poirot, Clinton Foundation
  • Neil Johnson, Sysco Montana
  • Darrell Echols, Drake State College
  • Ashok Nageswaran, Food Raconteur
  • Anthony Tavoloni, Landry

Click here for more information.
Apprenticeship Evaluator Training

Training will be offered at the ACF National Convention in Orlando on Thursday, Aug. 8 th at 11 a.m. We are looking for industry chefs and culinary arts educators to administer site visit evaluations for apprenticeship programs. 

Program coordinators or supervising chefs of an ACFEF apprentice within the past 2 years are needed for Lead Evaluator positions.

RSVP to Jean McElwain, Apprenticeship Administrator via email,, or call 904-484-0217.
Certification Updates
Practical Exam Prep Course

After two years of development, it is finally here. Pearson has partnered to develop a course intended to teach the skills needed to prepare for the savory practical exams. Test your skills and learn how to improve with the new exam prep course.

CMC Courses

Know any prospective CMC Chefs or chefs looking to sharpen their skills? The Classical Cuisine Advanced Professional Cooking Class will debut on June 14 and 15 at Niagara Falls Culinary Institute in Niagara Falls, NY.

Space is limited and the hands-on course is sold out so register now to save your spot.

CC Written Exam Spanish translation  - Final details are being put into place for translating the CC written exam to Spanish. In addition, new pathways and materials are being updated for the website for easier navigation to those who are Spanish speaking. Keep an eye out!

Local chefs needing guidance to register for PSI for written exams, check out the newly developed  PSI online registration guide .
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