ACF Announces Regional Award Winners

Winners will be announced during the 2021 ACF Convention in August

In a recorded video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFEsjQTxvwU) introduced by Chef Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, ACF National President, and hosted by Chef Rocco Paradiso, Master of Ceremonies, ACF regional Vice Presidents presented the regional winners of the Dr. L.J. Minor’s Chef Professionalism Award, the Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award and the Chef Educator of the Year Award. The national winners will be announced during the 2021 ACF Convention in August.

The recipients of the Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award include: 

  • Chef James Connolly, CEC, CCA, AAC (Northeast Region)
  • Chef Roger Newell, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC (Southeast Region) 
  • Chef Thomas Recinella, CEC, AAC (Central Region) 
  • Chef Mohammed “Bobby” Moghaddam, CEC, CCE, AAC (Western Region) 

The recipients of the Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award include: 

  • Chef Joseph Piazza, CEC, CCA, AAC (Northeast Region) 
  • Chef Timothy Recher, CEC, AAC (Southeast Region) 
  • Chef Jim Churches, CEC, CCA, AAC (Central Region) 
  • Chef Christopher DeJohn, CEC, AAC (Western Region) 

The recipients of the ACF Chef Educator of the Year Award include: 

  • Chef Stefan Ryll, CEC, CCE, AAC 
  • Chef Pamela Bedford, CCE 
  • Chef Rusty Weatherly 
  • Chef Earle Test, CEC, CCE, CCA 

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