Everything that happened on ACF National Convention: Orlando Day 3


ACF National Convention: Orlando is in full swing, and we’re already at Day 4! It’s time to fill you in on everything that happened on Day 3…

The best way to keep up with what’s going on at NatCon is to follow us on social media! All week, we’ve been sharing up-to-the-minute photos and videos on our Instagram story and feed, live videos of main stage speakers and competitions on Facebook and thought-provoking quotes from our presenters on Twitter.

Today, we’ll stream the entire Brunch and Learn from our friends at FairKitchens live on our Facebook page because we think the message they’re sharing, “Mental Wellness in the Hospitality Industry,” is one everyone should hear. Please join us at 10:50 AM eastern time.

Reminder! Tweet us your questions for your favorite main stage speakers using the hashtag #acfnatcon! For Thursday, you have a chance to ask your burning questions of Duff Goldman, Elle Simone Scott and Jennifer Hill Booker. They might answer them live on Facebook, and you can see all their full talks with access to Conference On-Demand!

    • Tons of ACF National Competitions got fired up, with the Pastry Chef of the Year competition (sponsored by KitchenAid Commercial), Knowledge Bowl, Chef Educator of the Year demonstrations, Chef of the Year competition (sponsored by Centerline Brackets) and the American Culinary Classic.
    • Michael Sohocki spoke on “A Search for Meaning.” Cooking has become easier, more efficient and profitable, and we can reach obscure ingredients with ease our grandparents couldn’t have imagined, in quantities, extremes and speeds never known. But, according to Sohocki, we’ve failed to realize those limitations gave us an identity we lost. It’s time to take that identity back.
    • Eduardo Garcia shared “Get Charged: Surviving and Finding Fresh Inspiration as A Chef,” in which he shares how he survived and overcame some near-insurmountable odds.
    • Charles Carroll, CEC, AAC, posted up for his second day of live podcasting with some of our celebrity chef guests.
    • All day, we got to hear from some great panels inside inflatable learning pods! Topics included “Mind, Body, & Mental Wellness for Chefs,” “How to Hire, Train And Retain the Best Culinary Talent,” “Emerging & Alternative Culinary Career Pathways” and The Future of Culinary Education.”
    • Impossible Burger sponsored a main stage session, with J. Michael Melton sharing with attendees how to enhance your menu and build your business with the company’s products.
    • It’s well-documented that up to 40% of all food grown is wasted. Adam Kaye demonstrated how today’s scraps can become tomorrow’s delicious dish.
    • Jamie Simpson and Farmer Lee Jones took “Plant Forward” a step further and spoke on how chefs can run a “no-waste” kitchen using every part of the vegetable.

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