And the SE Regional Chapter of the Year title goes too–

American Culinary FederationPresident's MessageAnd the SE Regional Chapter of the Year title goes too–

–The Central Florida Chapter!

The ACF Central Florida Chapter represented well at the Southeast Regional Conference in Winston-Salem Marriott, NC February 20th – 22nd where over 400 Chefs attended the event. Our chapter was awarded the 2012 Southeast Region Chapter of the Year. This makes it two years in a row!

Other SE Regional Conference News:

On the competition side, our very own Chef Nora Galdiano, CEC, won the Galbani® Mozzarella Caprese Challenge, sponsored by Lactalis Foodservice and Galbani® Mozzarella. Chef Galdiano won for her poached egg caprese with smoked ham, asparagus and a roasted piquillo coulis. Chef Galdiano advances to the 2012 ACF National Convention in Orlando, where she will compete for the grand prize of a $7,500 gift certificate toward new kitchen equipment.

Chef Richard Cote, CEC, our Chapter Corresponding Secretary, received the 2012 Southeast Region Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award. The Valencia Community College Student Culinary Team coached by Kenneth Bourgoin, CEC received a Silver Medal in the Student Team Regional Competition. Team members were: Jill Holland, Rosanda Williams, Trina Gregory, Joel Santana, and Dawn Viola.

Next Meeting:

Please join us on Monday, March 5th 2012 for the 3rd Annual Bar Harbor Seafood Student Team Relay! Last year 6 teams had a lot of fun showing their skills in a competition with a focus on seafood. We even had teams from the Art Institute in Jacksonville and Tampa make the trip. In the end the competition team from Valencia CC, took 1st place. Everyone was a winner though as each competitor received a prize. It was a night of fun, networking, great food, and making new friends. You can check out highlights from last year’s competition by clicking on the link below…

Click here for a video from the 2011 ACF/CFC Student Culinary Competition

The Bar Harbor Seafood Corporation is located at 2000 Premier Row, Orlando, Florida 32809. The meeting and competition will begin promptly at 6:30pm so please be on time. All instructors who wish to have their teams participate, must RSVP with Chef Keith Esbin by calling him at 407-832-7330. We have room for 6 four-man teams and the spots fill up quickly. Look forward to seeing you there!
There will be lots of great prizes for the raffle, and Chef Keith Esbin and his team will be providing a buffet dinner which will be sure to please.

Joe Alfano, CEC
1st Vice President & Communication Chairperson

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