ACF Central Florida Chapter
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Welcome to the ACF Central Florida Chapter – where members of the culinary arts come together, learn more about their craft, and inspire a passion for food. Expand your connections with national and local renowned chefs and top industry professionals. Be our guest at one of our upcoming general chapter meetings listed on the Events Calendar. Welcome to the chapter in the heart of it all.


The ACF Central Florida Chapter needs your help for our chapter to successfully host the 2017 Culinary Arts Competition held within the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show at the Orange County Convention Center. *Bumped by Hurricane Irma – New Show Dates are October 11th-13th!* Please check out our registration page and volunteer your time!


The ACF Central Florida Chapter is excited to host the ACF Culinary Arts Competition each year during the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show. Competition registration is closed for this year, but watch this space for future competition news and updates.


Propel your career higher by maintaining your competitive edge. ACF Certifications for chefs, pastry chefs and culinarians can set you apart from having a job to having a career. Visit our special page on Certification which includes: process information, steps to success, organizational tips, sample menus, and demo guide.


Elections for the Board of Directors of the ACF Central Florida Chapter occur every two years. The next chapter elections are this fall for the 2018-2019 term. Nominations will be open in September and voting will take place in December for the following elected positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant at Arms. Nominations are now open for these positions. Get involved with the elections—nominate a fellow chapter member today!


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Chapter Information, Announcements, Features and More

March 24 , 2015 ACFCFCChefs No Comments

From the CBS Archives: Art that’s not timeless

Look what we found online today! Charles Kuralt called him the “Donatello of the Loading Dock”! Hiroshi Noguchi is an ice sculptor whose beautiful creations are created quickly – and melt almost as fast. “Sunday Morning” anchor Charles Kuralt first covered the art of ice sculpting in this “CBS Evening News” report that aired on

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March 23 , 2015 ACFCFCChefs No Comments

Larry Mattson, CEC, CCE, AAC ~ The Passing of a Chef & Friend

Dear Chefs, Culinarians & Colleagues! It is with sad news and sorrow that one of our dear friends and chefs has passed away last week. Chef Larry Mattson, CEC, CCE, AAC, age 73, was a retired, lifetime member of the ACF. He served our chapter for many years, he mentored many chefs, and he will

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March 17 , 2015 ACFCFCChefs No Comments

A Message from Your SE Region VP Candidates

Hello Chefs, Culinarians & Colleagues! Voting is an important part of moving the ACF forward. Please read the special messages below from your two 2015-2017 Southeast Region’s Vice President candidates (listed alphabetically): Michael Deihl, CEC, CCA, AAC For decades now our National Presidents have worked very hard to improve and move our organization forward. I

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Thanks to These Companies Who Help Make Our Chapter Great


Welcome to the ACF Central Florida Chapter — where members of the culinary arts come together, learn more about their craft, and inspire a passion for food. Through our website, email newsletter, events, and various social media outlets, we reach more than 2,000 local chefs and culinary professionals each month. Help support the ACF Central Florida Chapter and its members by signing up for one of our sponsor packages today! Visit our Sponsorship Page or download an information flyer.