Greetings Chefs and Culinarians,
I looked at the calendar this morning, and thought, “where did 2017 go”? We are halfway through November, and it seems like just two weeks ago it was 90 degrees outside. Oh wait, that was two weeks ago — ouch! On the plus side, we all made it through another 8-month summer.
It sure was an eventful summer. Our first major hurricane in many years, and the second time in ten years that the Culinary Arts Competition at the FR&L Show was called on account of rain, rain, and more rain. But, we are chefs, and it takes more than a little rain and wind to stop us. Thanks to great planning by Joe Hardiman, our show chairman, and to the support of our vendors, the show went off without a hitch one month later. Due to the date change, a few competitors, vendors, and judges were not able to participate. A big thanks to Chefs Louis Perrotte and Keith Keogh for stepping up to make sure we were able to offer top quality judging. The show committee has already started planning for next year — where we plan to continue our reputation of having one of the best competitions in the southeast.
The next month and a half will be very busy for the chapter and we hope you are able to participate in some of the events being planned. We start December with the chapter’s annual Christmas party on December 2nd at the Caribe Royale. Please click here for reservation details. Next on the calendar is the annual Give Kids The World Christmas Dinner on December 7th. This will be the 25th year we have hosted this event. If you have never participated in the event, please take advantage of the opportunity and join us as we host the most rewarding event of the year. I promise if you come and work one year, you’ll keep coming back.
Somewhere around the first of December, the ballot for a new slate of chapter officers will be showing up in your in box. Shortly after that, the ballot for ACF/CFC Chapter Chef of the Year will be emailed to you. I ask you to please take one minute out of your day and vote. It could not be any easier. The chefs on the ballots are asking for your support. These are your peers, please give them your support and respect — and vote.
Our annual President’s Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 6th at Isleworth Country Club. If you have never been there before, this will be your chance to enjoy a first class evening and to watch your new chapter officers as they are sworn into office. Details for reservations will follow soon.
Finally, on a personal note, I want to thank all the members of this chapter who have supported my time as your president. It has been a privilege and an honor to represent you at regional and national conventions, wearing the logo of the Central Florida Chapter on my chef coats. I look forward to working with the incoming president and board of directors, and continuing to provide you with the best meetings possible.
From my house and family to yours, I hope you all have a very happy and safe holiday season.
Chef Roger Newell
ACF Central Florida Chapter