NCR Salutes our Members, September/October 2019 edition


In each issue of the National Culinary Review, we tip our toques to ACF chefs and chapters who have recently won awards, accepted a new position, taken part in charity work or achieved another notable accomplishment. If you believe your name should be listed in the next issue of Salut, please send an email to

Nazim Khan

Nazim Khan, CEC, executive chef of Bryan Health, was the subject of a July article on detailing how he has partnered with a local farmer’s market in Lincoln, Nebraska to serve locally sourced food to the community. 

WISCONSINIn November 2018, ACF Middle Wisconsin Chefs Association raised $2,000 to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area with a benefit dinner and raffle hosted by Fred Griesbach, CEC, AAC, assisted by students from Lincoln High School. Griesbach also received a service award for organizing the event.

Debe Brady
Debe Brady

Competing against 35 other chefs, Debe Brady of University of Wyoming Dining Services won a silver medal in July’s National Association of College & University Food Services National Culinary Challenge.

In June, Michael Garbin, CEC, AAC, retired from his position as Executive Chef at the Union League Club of Chicago after over 26 years.


Vince Blancato – Tampa
Vince Blancato

Chefs Vince Blancato and Ray Benton, CCE, HAAC, of the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter, were the subject of an article on detailing how they volunteer in elementary school gardens, helping teach children to tend and cook their own vegetables. These programs in three Florida counties are sponsored by the chapter through the ACF’s Chef & Child Initiative.

Christina Nicosia, CEPC, CCE has been hired as a culinary instructor at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Arkansas.


In Memoriam

ACF pays tribute to members we have lost in recent months.

Norman B. Armstrong, Sr.

Jiri A. Bar, AAC

Michel D. Bouit, CEC, AAC, HOF

Diane W. Bourassa, CC

Timothy J. Cleary, CEC, AAC

Jean-Jacques Dietrich

John Ditcheos, CEC, AAC

John Larkin Ferguson III

Richard W. Forpahl

Wolfgang Gropp, AAC

Harley B. Husid

Philip Kane, CEC

Domenico Patalano, AAC

Albert H. Pijnappel, CEPC, AAC

Pam J. Price, CEC, AAC

Russell L. Saunkeah

Joel T. Saxon

Rudi Schoeneweiss, AAC

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