Chocolate, Duck & Awards…Oh, My!

American Culinary FederationPresident's MessageChocolate, Duck & Awards…Oh, My!

Festival of Chocolate

First, the chocolate news…

The annual Festival of Chocolate approaches! This decadent event will be held in Orlando on April 27th thru 29th. Click here for a copy of the brochure. They are looking for student teams to compete on Friday, April 27th in a dessert plating competition. They are also having a wedding cake decorating competition on Saturday, April 28th, and a chocolate cookie competition on Sunday, April 29th. The venue is the UCF campus in Orlando. Check our their Facebook page here: or watch video highlights of the event:

Then, the duck news…

Win big cash for your duck recipe! Annual Discover Duck Recipe Contest for Professional Chefs and Culinary Students! Prizes from $1500 to $5000! The contest is sponsored by Maple Leaf Farms and runs from March 1st through June 8th, 2012. This year they are looking for original “small plate” recipes – enticing, shareable dishes that showcase the flavor and versatility of duck. So, think outside the box, and start cooking. Click here for a 2-page flyer with all the details for you to enter this contest.

And finally, the awards!

The Orlando Sentinel’s Culinary Hall of Fame is in its 5th year. This annual list recognizes “those who have made contributions to how Central Florida eats, drinks and dines.” Ten honorees are selected each year, and the Class of 2012 includes a few of our own ACF/CFC members. Big congratulations go to:

  • Chef Reimund Pitz: “a tireless chef-mentor, champion of classical cooking techniques and current proprietor of Le Coq Au Vin restaurant on South Orange Avenue in Orlando”
  • Chef Constantine “Gus” Stamatin: “came to Central Florida from Connecticut in 1956 and quickly built a reputation as a mentor and teacher”
  • Chef Johnny Rivers: “It seems fitting that a man who wanted to be a sculptor has carved out a career of distinction”

Click on each winning member’s name to view the full article written about each one. For a full list of this year’s winners, visit the Orlando Sentinel article here. Congratulations again to all winners!

Joe Alfano, CEC
1st Vice President & Communication Chairperson

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