NCR Salutes our Members, July/August 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

2019 SkillsUSA Culinary Group PhotoThe Lorain County JVS Culinary Academy team, comprised of Megan Rataj, Culinary Arts; Zachary Pena, Restaurant Service; and Victoria Barnett, Commercial Baking, all won gold at the SkillsUSA Ohio Championships in April. This is the third straight year that students from Lorain County JVS have won all three events. They now advance to the national competition in Louisville, KY, June 24-28. The students are mentored by Timothy Michitsch, CEC, CCE, AAC, of the ACF Akron-Canton Area Cooks and Chefs Association; Maurina Driscoll, Hospitality Instructor; Alyssa Rose, chef instructor; and Chris Moore, pastry arts instructor.

Recher, Tim_croppedOn July 1, ACF Culinary Team USA member Tim Recher, CEC, will begin a new position at the Quail West Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida as Director of Club House Operations. Recher will lead the team that oversees all things culinary, FOH and operations inside the Clubhouse.


Debe BradyDebe Honibah Brady, dining services chef at the University of Wyoming, won a silver medal in the Continental Region competition at the National Association of College and University Food Services Culinary Challenge in Spokane, WA in April. She will compete at the 2019 National Culinary Challenge on July 11 in Denver during the NACUFS National Conference.

1561123151972blobIn May, chef and educator Ted Polfelt, CEC, CCA, AAC, of the ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter, was awarded the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation awarded the Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair, which honors an outstanding Virginia Western instructor who advances the understanding of business management principles in his or her coursework.

HickmanVernon Hickman, CCC, CCE, of the ACF Idaho Chefs de Cuisine, was the subject of an article on, “Innovative Educator: West Ada chef gives culinary students an appetite for learning,” highlighting his commitment to his students.


20190520_120627_2Once a week, a chef from the ACF Gulf Coast Culinary Chef Association visits a local school to speak and give hands-on culinary demos focusing on college and career prep. On May 19, ACF Gulf Coast president Samuel Spencer (right) and member Kim McKeller (center), along with chef Ryan Rogers, received the Partnership Award from the Mobile County Public School system for this commitment to connection between industry and education.

jill tuckerJill Tucker, CSC (center) member of ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association and chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of Michigan, earned a Gold Medal with Distinction for a perfect score on her KC Signature Fish entry at the ACF Sanctioned Roland E. Schaeffer Culinary Classic. The fourth annual competition was held at the Culinary Institute of Michigan in Port Huron on April 27, 2019.

ACF Chef of the Year William Racin ACF Pastry Chef of the Year Utahna Warren ACF Student of Year




At the Worldchefs’ Global Chef Challenge Americas Regional Semi-Finals in Toronto, Canada on May 25-26, Utahna Warren (right, all pictured with ACF National President Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC), a culinary student at Utah Valley University, and William Racin, CEPC (center, on right), pastry chef at Pittsburgh, PA’s Duquesne Club, assisted by Commis Kodi Mikiewicz, both won gold medals. Todd Leonard, CEC (left, in center), earned a silver medal. Both Warren and Racin’s wins automatically earned them slots at the Global Chefs Challenge in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In Memoriam

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

Kaye P. Bonneville
ACF Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association

Emilio Gonzalez
Texas Chefs Association

Rolf C. Tinner, AAC
ACF Central Arkansas Cooks Association

Guenter Steinke, CEC
Broward County ACF

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