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ACF National Convention

Note: Board of Governors Meeting and AAC Dinner will be held on August 1
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Orlando World Center Marriott

At Orlando World Center Marriott, ACF attendees will receive discounted rates of $177 per night (plus resort & tax fees listed below). Reservations must be made by July 12, 2021, in order to receive this discounted rate.

As an added value, the Hotel will ACF National Convention 2021: Orlando, FL August 2-5, 2021 not impose a mandatory Resort fee to the ACF Group (currently $35 per room per night) This fee covers several amenities – ACF attendees must understand that you will be responsible for purchasing on an a la carte basis any services covered by the resort fee at the rate in effect at the time of the event.

  • Enhanced in-room wireless internet for up to 6 devices
  • Unlimited local and domestic long distance calls
  • Bottled Water (two 10oz bottles) replenished once daily with housekeeping service
  • Daily scheduled shuttle service to Disney Parks for up to 4 guests
  • Daily Dining Credit of $20.00 per room night valid on restaurant charges excluding Starbucks and gift shop purchases. Credit is not cumulative during stay and must be a room charge to apply.
  • Nightly scheduled shuttle service to Disney Springs for up to 4 guests
  • Complimentary mini golf for up to 4 people
  • 15% discount on retail pricing for spa services (excludes merchandise)- Marriott’s spa is currently closed due to COVID-19. We will update the page when a re-opening date is provided.
  • 15% discount off retail rates for green fee rates (excludes merchandise)

The standard resort room tax of 12.5% (tax is subject to change), will be charged in addition to the room rates set forth above.

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Chapter Board Meeting Minutes 22 February 2021

February 22, 2021 5:26pm  – 6:04pm

  1. Chef Nick – membership – we need to get the list from John Bell of the members who have not rejoined this year.  We need to send them an email to remind them about their membership.
  2. The Villages students do not have to pay for their membership.
  3. The March meeting will be help on March 22nd at Lake Minneola High School
  4. Chef Bell has a list of members that would like to do a demo at the future meetings.
  5. Chef Nick said Schreiber Foods would like to do a demo
  6. We need to increase our members at the meetings so the vendors/sponsors will be more willing to come out to do a demo
  7. Chef Nicole has 3 scholarships for the participants at the Burger Bash at Gator Harley
  8. Will the winners of the scholarships be able to transfer their scholarships to another school?
  9. Congratulations Chef Nick of passing your test for the CEC
  10. Chef Joel has a meeting with the SE Region about student scholarships. All chapters will need to contribute.
  11. The chapters should have a student of the month to bring more exposure to each chapter.  The top 2 students will be able to go to the convention/gala and do a cook off.  The student that gets the most votes will win a scholarship.
  12. Chef Joel stated that it will cost $75 a month to maintain the website.  Can we offer ads to our sponsors to help cover the costs of the site?  Lake Tech should have a banner since they give out scholarships
  13. List jobs on our website especially for students
  14. Give our members a discount to advertise on the website
  15. We need a “donate” button on the website to help with the cost of students events
  16. Each board member should host a meeting or event at least once a year
  17. Each member should do a demo at the Leesburg Market.  It’s the 3rd Friday of every month (called off if the weather is bad).  There is no fee for ACF members and they will need to bring samples for 35-50 people.
  18. Please send the names of the students that participated in the Burger Bash at Gator Harley to [email protected].  We want to give them all a certificate for their participation.
  19. Chef Joel asked that we do a Thanksgiving dinner on November 19th at the Leesburg Market
  20. $140 was approved for live streaming equipment
  21. $60 was approved for gift cards for students
  22. Thank you Bryan from Lake County Fire Dept

Are you an American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certified Chef?

Did you know that the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Global Certification for the Hospitality Industry  has Fast Track Certification Program for Certified ACF Chefs to obtain Global Certification. It is a fantastic program and the requirements are obtainable. You can contact Chef John Clancy, Worldchefs Education Director at [email protected],  or you can Contact Chef Jeffrey Rotz, CEC, WCEC, CCE, AAC at [email protected]

Visit the WorldChefs Fast Track Certification Web Site @ WORLDCHEFS

Applicants must be working at or above the level they have been certified for, at the time of application for the equivalent WorldChefs level.
Certified Culinarian® – CC® – Worldchefs Professional Cook (Commis Chef)
Certified Sous Chef ® – CSC® – Worldchefs Sous Chef

Certified Chef de Cuisine® – CC® – Worldchefs Chef de Cuisine
Chef Certified Executive Pastry Culinarian ® CEPC® – Worldchefs Pastry Chef Certified Executive Chef® – CEC® – Worldchefs Executive Chef
Certified Master Pastry Chef ® -Worldchefs Master Pastry Chef
Certified Master Chef® – CMC® – Worldchefs Master Chef


WorldChefs Fast Track Program

FARMSHED Restaurant Opening Soon

Chef Damon Vitale is opening a new restaurant FARMSHED located in Spanish Springs in The Villages. It will be in the Square will the old TooJays were located.  FARMSHED will features an upscale brunch style menu and dinner. Chef Damon is currently hiring all positions.

Line Cook $14 per hour
Prep Cook $12 per hour
Dishwasher $10 per hour

Line Cook candidates must be proficient with knife skills, grill, sauté and breakfast cookery.
We aren’t looking for just anyone, but those who have a desire to produce world class cuisine, 
This is a drama and drug free professional kitchen.  Practical and knife skill testing will be conducted for line and prep cook positions upon selection.
Serious inquiries only! Contact Chef Vitale at [email protected]