A Message From your Western Region
Vice President
Dear chefs and friends,

I would like to wish all of you a happy holiday season and a joyous new year.
2018 is the year of BE THE CHANGE . The American Culinary Federation is rolling out new and inventive programming that will assist you-- OUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET!
ChefConnect: Newport Beach kicks off with a lineup of very innovative speakers. Our keynotes are Roy Choi, a founder of the food truck movement; Jehangir Mehta, a leader in culinary sustainability; and Sean Sherman, founder of The Sioux Chef who is revitalizing indigenous cuisine. I'll see you there March 18-20!
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 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.
If YOU want to BE THE CHANGE in your company, let your employer know that you want to attend. Share this flyer for the talking points.
With all the exciting changes for 2018, let's tip our toques to the staff and all the committees of the ACF for a job well done. The list above is only a very short list of many more things to come. To stay on top of the updates, sign up for The Culinary Insider newsletter. Kyle Richardson is pleased to announce the launch of the Secretary’s Portal, which is an initiative we’ve undertaken to help keep you informed of board and committee activity, new benefits and information on committee nominations and elections. These will be posted within days of the of the board meetings or after approval. The ACF 2017 Salary Survey is also available here.

Please be safe and enjoy this upcoming New Year.

Carlton W. Brooks, CEPC, CCE, AAC
ACF Western Region Vice President
Western Region Culinary Salons
The Western Region culinary salons are March 16-18 at Orange Coast College in Newport Beach, California. The best chefs in the West will compete to represent the Western 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
  • Stephen Fabian – Hotel Elegante
  • Todd Leonard, CEC – Utah Valley University
Pastry Chef of the Year
  • Diana Fallis, CEPC – Utah Valley University
  • Guillermo Magana – Country Club at DC Ranch
Student Chef of the Year
  • Brittany Goldberg – AI Phoenix
  • Lorena Giesbrecht – Navajo Tech University
  • Utahna Warren – Utah Valley University
Student Team National Championship
  • ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Association – Orange Coast College (California)
  • Colorado Chefs Association – Colorado Mountain College/Keystone Apprenticeship (Colorado)
  • ACF Honolulu Chapter – Kapi’olani Community College (Hawaii)
  • ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter – Utah Valley University-Culinary Arts Institute (Utah)
Western Region Award Nominees
Regional award candidates will be recognized during the Vice Presidents' Gala during ChefConnect: Newport Beach on Tuesday, March 20. The below chefs have been recognized as leaders in our industry. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated!
Chef Educator of the Year
  • John Thomas, CEC, CCE – Utah Valley University
  • Leonard Bailey, CEC – SW Indian Polytech Inst
  • Roger Knapp, CEC – Bates Tech College
Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award
  • Bill W C Sy, CEC, AAC, HOF – AI Phoenix & Tuscon
  • Eloise Fernandez, CEC, CCE, AAC – LA Mission College
  • Peter Gebauer, AAC – Watson Lake Inn B&B
Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award
(Award winner to be announced during Chef Pro lunch on Monday, March 19.)
  • Jacques Wilson, CEC, AAC – El Camino Hospital
  • Robert Phillips, CEC, CCA, AAC– Mission Comm Hospital
  • Peter Hodgson, CEC, AAC– Chartwells Univ of Utah
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. Click here for more details.
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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