The Scoop from the 2013 National Convention

American Culinary FederationACF News President's MessageThe Scoop from the 2013 National Convention

Greetings Chefs, Culinarians, and Colleagues,
I hope that everyone is staying cool and enjoying their summer. Some of you may have already had the opportunity to light up your grills and do a cookout, soaking in some Florida sunshine. It’s hard to believe that the kids have to return to school in a couple of weeks.

As many of you are aware, the ACF National Convention took place in Las Vegas from July 21st through 25th at the gorgeous Cosmopolitan Hotel.  More than 1,500 ACF members nationwide attended this year. The convention was packed with networking opportunities, competitions, educational seminars, and workshops. Featured demonstrations included various baking and pastry topics, children’s nutrition, and trends & techniques. The 2013-2015 national officers were installed and started their term during the convention.

On behalf of the Chapter, I want to sincerely congratulate members of our Chapter for receiving awards during the convention. With these awards, our Chapter continues to have a strong presence as one of the best in the nation:

2013 Hermann G. Rusch Chefs Achievement Award
Chef Klaus Friedenreich, CMC, AAC
Chef Instructor, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Orlando, founding member of the ACF Central Florida Chapter

2013 American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame
Chef Louis Perrotte, CEC, AAC
WACS Continental Director for the Americas, was inducted into the Hall of Fame

2013 ACF Achievement of Excellence Award
Chef Reimund Pitz, CEC, AAC and Sandy Pitz
Owners of Le Coq Au Vin Restaurant, Orlando, FL

2013 Cutting Edge Award
Joseph Hardiman, HAAC
President, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts of Orlando

Also receiving an award from the Southeast Region, our neighbor in Tampa:

2013 ACF Chef Educator of the Year
Chef Leslie Eckert, CWPC, CCE, MBA
Culinary Arts Instructor, Arts Institute of Tampa
ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association, Inc.

As a reminder, our next Chapter meeting will be on Monday, September 9th at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts starting at 6:30pm. We will be opening up the floor for nominations for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant of Arms. For a complete list of job descriptions of the various positions, please see the newly updated Chapter By-Laws on our chapter website.

Also, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Show and Culinary Arts Competition takes place this September 22nd through 24th at the Orange County Convention Center. Submission deadlines are fast approaching in August (see packet page 2). Click here to download a copy of the Culinary Competition Packet.

Cheers and Happy Cooking!

Nora Galdiano, CEC, ACE
Chapter President

Comments (1)

  1. Greetings Nora,

    Thanks so much for the shout out on your Chapter’s web page. I hope all is well with you and your chapter member’s. I am hosting an American Academy of Chefs Dinner on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Tampa. If you or any of the chapter members are interesting in attending the dinner please feel free to contact me. Thank you.


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