NCR salutes our members, November/December 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

Chef Louis Long, member of ACF of Greater Buffalo, along with Kurt “The Irish Chef” Ramborger, prepared two dinners in April in Fayetteville, Arkansas to bring awareness and funds to Deaf United Organization. The charity’s mission is to connect with others who understand the language in which the deaf communicate, to provide education and empower individuals and community about the deaf culture.

tampa bay event

On Sunday, August 18, ACF Tampa Bay Chapter held its second annual An Evening with ACF Tampa Bay Chefs at Fort Harrison Hotel. Ten local ACF chefs and 10 stations raised $6,000 for local student scholarships and the Ryan Wells Foundation.


Gilles Renusson, a professor with the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, received the Chevalier du Merite Agricole, an award bestowed by the French minister of agriculture on citizens for outstanding services to agriculture. Guillaume Lacroix, general consul of France in Chicago, presented the award in a private ceremony at GRCC in September.

Andy Coniglio

Andy Coniglio, corporate executive chef for Welbilt, received ACF Tampa Bay’s Chef of the Year award at an awards ceremony held in the Fort Harrison Hotel, Clearwater, Florida on September 9.

John Billings

Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, WI announced in late August that John Billings, CEC will take over as executive chef. Billings will oversee all culinary operations at the 270-acre lakeside resort and conference center. 


In August, Mark Painter, CEC, was the subject of an article in the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs’ (UCCS) publication Communique, after taking over as residential chef at UCCS’s Roaring Fork Dining Hall.

In Memoriam

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

Joseph Giancaspro

Carl Wendt, AAC

Clair B. Stubblefield

Daniel D’Angelo, CEC, AAC

Len F. Martin

Adam T. Antonopoulos

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