ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF) honored chefs, culinary industry professionals and foodservice establishments at the 2014 ACF National Convention, hosted by ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association in Kansas City, Missouri, July 25-29.
More than 1,000 chefs, cooks, students and foodservice professionals attended the annual event held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The ACF national convention provided attendees with opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through hands-on workshops and seminars, cutting-edge demonstrations, a trade show featuring nearly 100 exhibitors, national competitions and ACF’s national awards.
During General Session, July 26, Rochelle Trotter, wife of the late renowned chef Charlie Trotter, HHOF, announced that the Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation will donate $25,000 to the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation for culinary-arts education scholarships.
General Session included a panel tribute to Charlie Trotter by former employees and colleagues who shared memories of working with Trotter and outlined their plans for The Trotter Project, an initiative to promote culinary arts, service and education. Homaro Cantu, chef/owner, Moto, Chicago, who was also a panel member, gave a molecular gastronomy-inspired culinary demonstration.
At national convention chefs faced off in several ACF national competitions, demonstrating their culinary skills and leadership. ACF also presented awards to chefs and establishments for advancing the culinary industry and profession. Below are the 2014 ACF award winners and honorees:
2014 ACF National Convention Sponsors are: ACE Bakery, LLC; Alabama Gulf Seafood; Allen Brothers, Inc.; American Technical Publishers; Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water; Barry Callebaut; BelGioioso Cheese, Inc.; Browne Foodservice; Campbell’s Culinary & Baking Institute; Canada Cutlery Inc.; Central Region State Beef Councils; Chef Rubber; Custom Culinary, Inc.; Ecolab; Grey Poupon; Idaho Potato Commission; Johnson & Wales University; Lactalis Foodservice; Lang Manufacturing Company; MINOR’S; National Pasteurized Eggs, Inc.; NEWCHEF Fashion Inc.; Par-Way Tryson, makers of Vegalene; Plant Based Foods, Inc.; Plugra European-Style Butter; R.L. Schreiber, Inc.; S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water; Sysco; THE FRENCH’S FOOD COMPANY; Tyson Food Service; Unilever Food Solutions; US Foods; Valrhona; Victorinox Swiss Army; Villeroy & Boch; Vita Craft Corporation; Vitamix Corporation; Wayne Farms LLC; Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
SOURCE The American Culinary Federation, Inc.