The 2017 American Culinary Federation Award Finalists

Congratulations to all the chefs who competed in the regional culinary salons and to the chefs who were nominated for their dedication to the industry. The national awards will be announced during the President’s Grand Ball at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show, July 9-13, in Orlando, Florida. This convention will feature engaging educational seminars, networking opportunities and demonstrations on the latest culinary trends from leading industry experts. Register early to receive the special registration and hotel rate!

View the ACF Flickr page for regional culinary salon photos and the highlights from ChefConnect: Chicago and ChefConnect: NYC.

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Chef of the Year

Northeast
Michael Pillarella, CEC
Executive Chef
Wianno Club
Osterville, Massachusetts
ACF Rhode Island Chapter

Southeast
Drew Garms
Chef de Cuisine
The Palm Terrace Restaurant at The Everglades Club
Palm Beach, Florida
ACF Palm Beach County Chefs Association

Central
Christopher Johnson
Owner/Executive Chef
The Meeting House
Rochester, Michigan
ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association

Western
Angus McIntosh, Jr., CEC
Chef de Partie
The French Laundry
Yountville, California
ACF Akron-Canton Area Cooks & Chefs Association

Pastry Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Plugrá® European Style Butter

Northeast
Maria Wu
Pastry Cook
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester
White Plains, New York

Southeast
Cicely Austin
Executive Pastry Chef
Aramark/Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina
ACF Upstate South Carolina Chapter

Central
Julia Julian, CEPC
Culinary and Baking/Pastry Instructor
Fox Valley Technical College
ACF Fox Valley Chapter

Western
Dan Boman, CEPC
Chef Instructor
The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Phoenix
ACF Chefs Association of Arizona, Inc.

Chef Educator of the Year

Northeast
Linda Musch, CCE, AAC
Chef Instructor
Chariho Career & Technical Center
Wood River Junction, Rhode Island
ACF Rhode Island Chapter

Southeast
Costa Magoulas, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
Dean, Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management
Daytona State College
Daytona Beach, Florida
ACF Central Florida Chapter

Central
Mark Schneider, CEC, CCE, AAC
State Division Director for Culinary Arts
Texas State Technical College
Waco, Texas
Texas Chefs Association

Western
Stuart Stein, CEC, CCE
Chef Instructor/Assistant Professor
Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute
Orem, Utah
ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.

Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award

Northeast
Michael Beriau, CEC, AAC
Executive Chef
White Cliffs Country Club
Plymouth, Massachusetts
ACF Epicurean Club of Boston

Southeast
Helmut Holzer, CMC
Vice President/Corporate Executive Chef R&D
Gourmet Foods International
Atlanta
ACF Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc.

Central
Fred Griesbach, CEC, AAC
Line Cook/Grill Cook II
Sentry World
Plover, Wisconsin
ACF Middle Wisconsin Chefs

Western
J. Luis Martinez, AAC
Chef/Owner
Cactus Patch Restaurant
Moorpark, California
ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California

Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award

Sponsored by MINOR’S®

Northeast
Scott Ryan, CEC, AAC
Executive Chef
The Country Club
Pepper Pike, Ohio
ACF Cleveland Chapter Inc.

Southeast
Ralph C. Feraco, CEC, AAC
Executive Chef
Kensington Golf and Country Club
Naples, Florida
ACF Caxambas Naples & Marco Island

Central
J. Kevin Storm, CEC, CCA, AAC
Executive Chef
Bellerive Country Club
St. Louis
Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.

Western
Kent Anderson, CEC, CCA, MBA
Executive Chef/CFO
PRIME Restaurants Group
Provo, Utah
ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.

Student Chef of the Year

Northeast
Yudelka Torres
Student
The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College
New Rochelle, New York
ACF Long Island Chapter

Southeast
Daniel Wernz
Student Worker
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando
Orlando, Florida
ACF Central Florida Chapter

Central
Gabrielle Edrosa
Saute Cook
Lake Quivira Country Club
Lake Quivira, Kansas
ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association

Western
Madeline Black
Student
Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute
Orem, Utah
ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.

Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Sponsored by American Technical Publishers and Vitamix

Northeast
ACF Eastern Long Island Chapter
Team: Yvette Boucher-Denning, Jill Hamill and Emily Moder
Coaches: Andrea Glick and Sherry Mazze

Southeast
Guilford Technical Community College
Team: Haley Bird, Angelica Clark, Sydney Hester, Danietta Lucas and Katie Runyan
Coaches: Patrick Sanecki and Michele Prairie

Central
Kendall College
Team: Nikhil Bendre, Brandy Freberg, Benton Givens and Joshua Ludwig;
Coaches: Wook Kang, CEC, and Nelia Salvi

Western
Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute
Team: Summerlyn Dye, Mckenzie Jorgensen, Earnest Omondi, Abigail Raff and Emily Williams
Coaches: Meghan Roddy, CEPC, and John Thomas, CEC, CCE

Student Team Championship

Sponsored by Vitamix

Northeast
ACF Chefs and Cooks of the Catskill Mountains/State University of New York at Delhi
Team: Peter Blayne, Arthur Grady, Daniel Hess, Alex Johnson, Jerusaline Johnson, Matthew Julius, Jessica Shultis and Carly Yezzo
Coach: Victor Sommo, CEC

Southeast
ACF North Carolina Chapter/Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Team: Jessica Olin, Nina Patterson, Habiba Smallen, Emily Welch and Emma Wieber
Coaches: Chris Bugher, CEC, and Bronwen McCormick

Central
Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.
Team: Sarah Bailey, Derek Kaliszewski, Nick Norton, Nick Wenz and Tim Polacek
Coaches: Brian Bernstein and Scott Scheible

Western
ACF Honolulu Chapter/Kapi’olani Community College
Team: Jeremy David, Richard Lee, Kimberly Lim, Qihao Tan, Sean Uyehara and Christian
Rae Wong
Coaches: Jason Peel and David Brown

World of Thanks Award

Northeast
ACF Long Island Chapter

Central
Chefs & Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland

Chapter of the Year

Northeast
ACF Columbus Chapter

Southeast
ACF Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc.

Central
ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter

Western
ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California

Chapter Achievement Awards

Northeast
ACF Columbus Chapter
ACF Epicurean Club of Boston
ACF Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
ACF Rhode Island Chapter

Southeast
ACF Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc.
ACF Caxambas Naples & Marco Island
ACF Central Florida Chapter

Central
ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana
ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs
ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association
ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter
Chefs & Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland

Western
ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California
ACF Idaho Chefs de Cuisine
ACF Pikes Peak Chapter, Inc.
ACF Washington State Chefs Association

President’s Medallions

Northeast
Carmen Allegrucci
, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Metz Culinary Management, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; ACF Professional Chefs of Northeast Pennsylvania
Nello Allegrucci, CEC, AAC, GM/executive chef, Metz Culinary Management, Dallas, Pennsylvania; ACF Professional Chefs of Northeast Pennsylvania
David Banks, CEC, AAC, corporate executive chef/partner, Harry’s Hospitality Group, Wilmington, Delaware; ACF First State Chefs Association
James Connolly, CEC, CCA, AAC, senior director of culinary, Unidine Corp., Boston; ACF Epicurean Club of Boston
Walter Frazier, CC, CPC, student, Stratford University, Falls Church, Virginia; ACF Greater Baltimore Chapter Inc.
Cindy Komarinski, CCC, CCE, HAAC, Ph.D., dean, School of Health Professions/School of Culinary Arts, Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania;
ACF Laurel Highlands Chapter
Michael Pillarella, CEC, executive chef, Wianno Club, Osterville, Massachusetts; ACF Rhode Island Chapter
Pasquale Rocco, AAC, (posthumously), Albany, New York; ACF Capital District—Central New York
David D. Smith, CC, HAAC, Nashua, New Hampshire; ACF Professional Chefs of New Hampshire
Christopher Tanner, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Pepperidge Farm, Norwalk, Connecticut; Connecticut Chefs Association

Southeast
Henry Douglas
, CEC, AAC, instructor, Bishop State Community College, Mobile, Alabama; Gulf Coast Culinary Association

Central
Christopher Desens
, CEC, CCA, AAC, culinary program director, Culinary Institute of
St. Louis at Hickey College, St. Louis; Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.
Danielle Merighi, area vice president, national sales—Delaware Valley area, US Foods, Marmora, New Jersey; ACF Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
Rajeev Patgaonkar, CEC, AAC, executive sous chef, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; ACF Capital Professional Chefs & Cooks Association of Greater Lansing
Casey Shiller, CEPC, CCE, AAC, program coordinator, baking/pastry arts, St. Louis Community College—Forest Park, St. Louis; Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.

Western
Michael Baldwin
, CCE, AAC, instructor, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, Washington; ACF Washington State Chefs Association
David Knickrehm, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Sysco Foodservices of Idaho, Boise, Idaho; ACF Idaho Chefs de Cuisine
Peter Maher, CEC, executive chef/director of dining services, University Auxiliary Services, Camarillo, California; Ventura Chefs Association
Richard Morgan, CEC, AAC, Pasadena, California; ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California
Christopher Plemmons, CEC, AAC, chef instructor, Olympic College Culinary Arts, Bremerton, Washington; ACF Washington State Chefs Association

Cutting Edge Award

Sponsored by Friedr. Dick Corp.

Northeast
James Cochran
, division chef, US Foods, Hurricane, West Virginia; ACF West Virginia Chapter
Chad Durkin, research and product development chef, quality assurance food technician, Carlo’s Bakery Corporate Headquarters, Jersey City, New Jersey
Timothy Recher, CEC, executive chef/assistant general manager, Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, Virginia; ACF Nation’s Capital Chefs Association
Kenneth Trout, CEC, AAC, corporate executive chef, Icon Hospitality, Galloway, New Jersey; ACF Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey

Southeast
Ted Polfelt
, CEC, CCA, executive chef, Jefferson Street Management Group, culinary instructor, Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, Virginia; ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter
John Schopp, CEC, CEPC, CCA, culinary instructor, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, Virginia; ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter

Central
Charlie Baggs
, president/executive chef, Charlie Baggs, Inc., Chicago; Chefs & Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland
Foster Deadman, Food Fanatic chef, US Foods, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; ACF Chefs of Milwaukee Inc.
Matthew Dean, Food Fanatic chef, US Foods, Streator, Illinois; ACF Heart of Illinois Professional Chefs Association
Chris Hall, division chef, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lenexa, Kansas; ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association

Western
Melody Money
, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Quaker Ridge Camp & Conference Center, Woodland Park, Colorado; ACF Pikes Peak Chapter, Inc.

President’s Achievement Award

Steve Jilleba, CMC, CEC, AAC, senior corporate executive chef, Unilever Food Solutions, Lisle, Illinois; Chefs & Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland

Achievement of Excellence Award

Northeast
Barcelona, Columbus, Ohio
Italian Kitchen, Pennsville, New Jersey
Jimmy’s NYC, New York
Union Oyster House, Boston

Central
Apropo Catering, Chicago
La Villa Restaurant and Banquets, Chicago
Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, Nichols Hills, Oklahoma

Western
49th State Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska
Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio, Honolulu
Tavolàta Capitol Hill, Seattle

Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show will feature live culinary competitions for the national titles of Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Student Chef of the Year and Student Team Championship. Live tryouts for ACF Culinary Team USA will also be held onsite and the team members will be announced during the President’s Grand Ball on Tuesday, July 13.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with industry leading professionals, learn the newest culinary trends and earn continuing education hours. Register today!

 

 

 

 

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