Young Chefs Club Learning Tracks

ACF events feature live demonstrations and seminars for a wide audience of culinarians, from enthusiasts to students to professional chefs. Attending an ACF event is a way to network with others who have similar interests to make new connections both personally and professionally.

Additionally, if you’re interested in becoming ACF certified, you can earn continuing education hours toward certification or re-certification.

Below are the recommended learning tracks selected specifically for young chefs age 25 and under.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

8-9 a.m.
General Session – Unfolding the Potential
Claus Meyer, founder of Noma in Copenhagen

10-11 a.m.
Exploring the Streets of Mexico
Ryan Manning, banquet chef, Ritz Carlton

2:30-3:30 p.m.
General Session
David Burke, CEO, DB Global LLC

4-5 p.m.
Modern French Pastry
Cheryl Wakerhauser, executive pastry chef, Pix Patisserie

6:15-9 p.m.
ACF Movie Night – The Contender
Featuring demo by Richard Rosendale, CMC and Corey Siegel, CEC

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

8:15-9:15 a.m.
The Gateway Bug
Kristopher Edelen, executive chef, Hot Pan NYC

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Pasta — Old School, New School
Jeffrey Michaud, culinary director, Terrain Café, and executive chef, Osteria

11:15-12:15 p.m.
How I Like My Grits
Greg Collier, chef/owner, The Yolk Café

2-3 p.m.
Utilizing World Flavors in your Everyday Menus
Brian Beland, CMC, and Jonathan Moosmiller, CMC

3:30-4:45 p.m.
Closing General Session, Southwest Cuisine
William “Dean” Fearing, owner, Fearing’s/The Ritz Carlton

Don’t forget to check out the Knowledge Bowl Competitions, Monday, 1:30-5 p.m. (Northeast region), and Tuesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (Southeast region), and the Career Fair on Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

8-9 a.m.
Opening General Session – Indigenous Food Systems
Sean Sherman, owner/founder/chef, The Sioux Chef

10-11 a.m.
Lesson in Sugar: Marshmallows, Candy & Brittle
Rachel Klemek, pastry chef/owner, Blackmarket Bakery

2:30-3:30 p.m.
General Session 2 – Sustainability, the Third Eye
Jehangir Mehta, chef/owner, Graffiti Earth, Me and You Restaurants

4-5 p.m.
Certified Master Chef Demo
Kenneth Arnone, CMC

6:15-9 p.m.
ACF Movie Night – The Contender
Featuring Corey Siegel, CEC

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

8:15-9:15 a.m.
Starting with Delicious
Corey Siegel, CEC

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Asian-Accented Desserts and Flavors
Jason Licker, James Beard Nominated Author and Iron Chef Thailand Pastry Champion

11:15-12:15 p.m.
Market Your Brand in the Social Media Era
Jaqueline Quinn and Daniel Bennett

2-3 p.m.
X-Ray Vision for Cooks
Ali Bouzari, Ph.D., culinary scientist, co-founder, Pilot R&D

3:30-4:45 p.m.
Closing General Session
Roy Choi, founder and chef-owner of Kogi, LocoL, Chego, A-Frame, POT and Commissary and The Line Hotel

Don’t forget to check out the Knowledge Bowl Competitions, Monday, 1:30-5 p.m. (Central region), and Tuesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (Northeast region), and the Career Fair on Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.!

The sooner you register the sooner you can save! Don’t miss the deadlines to get discounts on your hotel and check out the deal with Delta, our official travel partner, to save on your airfare. Just click on the Hotel & Travel page under the event you want to attend. If you’re an ACF member, check out the Members Advantage Program to learn how you can save on rental cars, too!