President’s Summer Message


Hello Chefs!

I hope you are all having a great summer! As far as I can tell, it looks to be a strong summer season.

First things first! Please help me to congratulate our recently certified chefs!

  • Dawn Viola, CEC
  • Elizabeth Wessman, CCC
  • Sharon Nasrallah, CWPC
  • Karen Williams, CEPC

Well done, Chefs!

As you all know, the ACF National Convention “Cook. Craft. Create.” begins on Thursday, July 30th at the Marriott World Center. Please visit our chapter’s website for more information; including a national link, countdown clock, and our volunteer calendar.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer!

The ACF/CFC 2015 Culinary Expo is October 6th through 8th at the Orlando Convention Center. Here is a quick link to the FRLA Show website for more information on the annual event. And here is a link to download the current information packet about the Culinary Expo. As a reminder, the registration deadlines for the culinary arts competitions are:

  • AUG 25th for the 2-Man Team Culinary Cup Challenge, Taste of Elegance Pork Signature, and the new Farm to Table Vegetable Signature.
  • SEPT 1st for the Pastry Challenge

Our chapter has an immediate board member opening for the position of Sergeant at Arms. The position of Sergeant at Arms includes welcoming new members and maintaining order and decorum during meetings. (For a more detailed job description, please visit our new Chapter Elections web page.)

If you or someone you know may be interested in filling this position for the remainder of the 2015 term, please call me directly. Thank you to Chef Keith Esbin for your dedication and hard work you have given to our chapter. Good luck in your future endeavors.

This is an election year.  Please visit our new Chapter Elections web page for job descriptions and a nomination form. If you are interested in running for a 2016-2017 officer position or if you would like to nominate someone or have additional questions, please call me.

Keep an eye on the chapter’s Event Calendar online for current information. We will be sending out an update to the remaining 2015 chapter calendar year in the next few weeks.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and…

See you at National!

Joe Alfano, CEC, AAC
Chapter President
ACF Central Florida Chapter

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