Chefs and students from across the Central region gathered at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Central Regional Culinary Salon to battle it out for ACF’s annual regional awards March 11-13 at Culinary Institute of St. Louis at Hickey College, St. Louis. Four competitions took place at the salon to determine who would receive ACF’s Central region titles for Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Student Chef of the Year and Student Team Regional Championship.
The following ACF Central region competition award winners will compete for their respective national titles at Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show, Phoenix, July 15-19.
ACF Central Region Chef of the Year, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions: Patrick Mitchell, CEC, AAC, of Grapevine, Texas, is executive chef/culinary adviser at Ben E. Keith Foods, Fort Worth, Texas.
ACF Central Region Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Plugrá® European-Style Butter: Jan Lewandowski, CEPC, of Little Rock, Arkansas, is lead baking instructor at Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (PTC-CAHMI), Little Rock.
ACF Central Region Student Chef of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary®: Shayne McCrady, of Maplewood, Missouri, is sauté cook/line cook at The Gatesworth at One McKnight Place, St. Louis.
ACF Central Region Student Team Championship, sponsored by Vitamix: ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association; students from Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas.
Team members Ashley Hunt (alternate) , Heather Goodenow, Felipe Padilla, Gabrielle Edrosa and Rocio Ramos (captain) competed against nine other teams for the title. Felix Sturmer and Edward Adel, CEC, coached.
Thank you to all competitors, judges and guests who attended!