A Message from our Chapter President


Greetings to all,

I wanted to take a few minutes to give you a wrap up of the recently held ACF National Convention.  The board members and myself have all rolled right into the planning for the FR&L Show in September, but a little about that later.

I have had the privilege to chair the last 6 conventions held in Orlando, and this most recent was one of the best. This chapter is blessed with some of the best culinarians I have had the opportunity to meet and work with. Under the direction of Chef Kathleen Vossenberg, our volunteers proved once again that they are the best around. This convention was 5 full days, and our 45+ volunteers logged in over 500 hours. There were volunteers from Professional level to first and second year high school culinary students. In addition to our chapter members, we had Chefs from Tampa, Sarasota, and Lake County, just to mention a few, call and volunteer their time wherever we needed them. I especially want to thank not only our board members, but their spouses as well who helped out at the chapter booth, so we could cover the areas that were our responsibility.

In addition to some great volunteer work, we also accomplished a new level in 50/50 raffle ticket sales. Over the 5 days of the convention, we sold over $6,000.00 worth of tickets. Half of the sales were won by a very happy gentleman from Illinois, and the other half was donated to Team USA, and we wish them the best of luck in 2020.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to highlight these special moments from the national convention:

  • Chef Peter Vossenberg, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs this year. Congratulations, Chef!
  • Chef Costa Magoulas, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC won the ACF Chef Educator of the Year award. Congratulation, Chef!
  • The chapter received an appreciation award for successfully hosting another national convention. Thank you!
  • And I was humbled by the honor bestowed upon me by the American Academy of Chefs—the 2017 Lawrence A. Conti, CEC, AAC, HOF, Chair’s Achievement Award

I mentioned the FR&L show earlier, and I want to give you a quick rundown on the status of the show. You may be aware, the Joe Hardiman has taken on the task of organizing and running this show. If you go to the chapter website, you can see that there has been a big change in the format. We have a mixture of ACF certified events, and a few events that will appeal to the general public. This show will require a number of volunteers, and if you can find the time, we would be very grateful for your help. Should you be able to volunteer, please contact Joe Hardiman at  Josephjerimiahhardiman@gmail.com or sign up from our website at http://www.acfcfc.com/volunteers/.

My best wishes to you all, and I hope you continue to have an enjoyable and safe summer.


Roger Newell, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
ACF Central FL Chapter

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