ACF National President’s Message – February 2014

ACF National President’s Message – February 2014

Welcome to the New ACF

Thomas Macrina

By Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, HGT, AAC

We are already in the second month of the year, a busy time for most of us with Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day. We are also hard at work on the new ACF. Here are some initiatives that you will want to be aware of.

Starting this month you will be able to go to the ACF website at and look at the weekly Farmer’s Report. This will help our chefs know what is going on in the foodservice world.

ACF will also be posting trends on the website, so look for that new feature soon. There will also be an extensive recipe collection posted online. Begin collecting those favorite recipes now and stay tuned about how to post them.

Are you looking for an employee or are you in need of employment? Go to Resources on the ACF website’s home page and click on Job Postings. There you will see resources for job seekers and employers.

Next month we begin our regional conferences, with the Western Regional Conference March 2–5 in Oakland, Calif., and the Central Regional Conference March 16–19 in St. Louis. This year our vice presidents have gone all-out with the host chapters to make sure you are well educated and have a great time. No politics, just education, food and fun. We will hold the Northeast Regional Conference April 11–14 in Providence, R.I., and the Southeast Regional Conference April 26–29 in Charleston, S.C.

Also, get ready for our 2014 ACF National Convention, which takes place July 25–29 in Kansas City, Mo. ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association has been working extremely hard to make sure that this is one of the best conventions you have ever attended. It will be packed with hands-on workshops, celebrity demos, great competitions and a trade show to match no other. Start making plans now, because you don’t want to miss this year’s convention.

ACF Culinary Team USA is practicing for the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup, which will be Nov. 20–28, 2014, in Luxembourg. There are many opportunities to support the team, and we hope that you will also consider attending the competition. Seeing our team compete on the international circuit is an experience not to be missed. Please support the team as its members represent the U.S. on the world stage.

We will hold tryouts at each regional conference for ACF Culinary Youth Team USA. This youth team will compete, along with the national team, at the 2016 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) in Erfurt, Germany. As you attend the regional conferences, please give these young culinarians your support.

ACF will be forming a Young Chefs Club, which is a worldwide initiative of World Chefs (the World Association of Chefs Societies). Victor Kendlehart, CC, will be heading this initiative and needs assistance from young chefs. To be a part of this international club, you must be 25 years old or younger. It does not matter if you are a student or a graduate. By being a part of this club you will have great resources to help you in your career, and I encourage all young people to join.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to ask and I will give you a straight answer. GulfChefs_Slider1

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