Young Chefs News
Congratulations to the winners of the SkillsUSA National Culinary Competition !
16 total students from around the country scored high enough to earn their CFC Certifications in Louisville, Kentucky last week! 

1 st Place Secondary:  Isis Prieto, Sheridan Technical High School, Hollywood, FL
1 st Place Post-Secondary: Ashley Tolley, The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY

Last year’s SkillsUSA winner and current CIA student Julia Spondike was also selected to represent the USA in the culinary competition at WorldSkills to be held in Russia in 2019. 
The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) awarded the following financial scholarships to culinary students:

Andrew Macrina Scholarship Fund
• Anthony Bryant, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY

Cutino/Balestreri Scholarship Fund
• Stacy Bowers, Grayson College, Denison, TX
• Hannah MacDonald, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Scholarship Fund
• Martin Cervantes-Marty, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Austin, TX
• Saba Mangla, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI
• Sarah Resanovich, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Ray & Gertrude Marshall Scholarship Fund
• Kate Galyon, Grayson College, Denison, TX
• Gabriel Montgomery, Bates Technical College, Tacoma, WA
• Samuel Parsons, Culinary Institute Michigan – Baker College, Muskegon, MI
• Ana Reindel, ACF Colorado Chefs Association Apprenticeship
• Brandon Scott, Salt Lake Community College, Sandy, UT

You can learn more about ACFEF scholarships and how to apply by visiting
Elijah Pulley of ACF Heart of Illinois Professional Chefs Association, Peoria Heights, IL, is ACF's Young Chef of the Month for June/July 2018!

"As a lead on a line, teamwork is an essential skill. You have to be able to move in sync with the two other guys next to you and keep the line working with the same flow throughout the whole service. ... But I think organization is the most crucial part. A good leader has an organized, clean kitchen and is able to delegate and do multiple tasks at one time whether that be in prep or hopping in the dish pit to catch it back up. A leader in a kitchen is a person that has knowledge of each position and is able to execute each station on the line."

Want to be August's Young Chef of the Month? Visit this page and fill out the entry form. This month's question : " Describe how important community service is to you. How will you use your culinary skills to contribute to your community and the culinary industry?"
Events and Member News
The countdown is on! Less than one week until Cook. Craft. Create.
ACF National Convention & Show begins!

Pre-registration for Cook. Craft. Create. has ended. If you're planning on attending and haven't yet registered, on-site registration will be available.
Call (800) 624-9458 ext. 504 with questions or to sign up for hands-on workshops, tours and a la carte dinners.
Just a handful of tickets remain for the President's Grand Ball , the AAC Dinner and Wednesday's CMC Dine-Around. The CMC Dine-Around features a group of Certified Master Chefs® — including Helmut Holzer, Daryl Shular, Joseph Leonardi, Shawn Loving, Jason Hall and Kevin Walker — sharing experiences, ideas and wisdom with attendees while preparing items like pan seared duck breast, beluga lentil and mushroom salad, summer corn puree with avocado crema, beef goulash with dumplings, BBQ pork cheek and honey thyme waffle with foie gras-cognac ice cream.

Call the events team at (800) 624-9458 ext. 506 to reserve your seats now.
Coming to ACF National Convention & Show?  Visit the Career Fair Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18. Recruiters from top companies including Sodexo, Marco Polo Program Abroad, Duval International, Campus Cooks, College Fresh Everglades Club and more will be there, looking for chefs just like you.
The July/August issue of the National Culinary Review is here! Inside is a preview of all things New Orleans —  beignets , Mardi Gras, po’boys and much more. Digital subscribers (that means you, if you're an ACF member!) can read it online now .  Copies are coming in the mail to print subscribers soon. And if you’re not a subscriber, visit to change that right now.  
Certification News
2019 CMC® Exam Date Announced!
March 1-10, 2019
Registration are now open! Eight more candidates may register. 
To reserve your station,  you must be pre-approved.
Check out the new and improved CMC Handbook for exam details.

Already in pre-approval? Reserve your station now! Call 888-817-5344.
Highlights from the ACF Blog
Is it possible to narrow down the vast array of kitchen skills into a few essential, universal ones?

This summer camp introduces culinary skills to high schoolers in impoverished areas of Chicago, hoping to spark interest in future careers.

American presidents have a long and colorful history of raising a glass (or not) to manage the stress and strain of the times.
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