Award Winners Announced At 2008 Acf Central Regional Conference

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., February 11, 2008 -The American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc., the largest association of professional culinarians in North America, honored its members and chapters at the 2008 ACF Central Regional Conference held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 8-10.
The 2008 ACF Central Regional Conference award recipients listed below will compete for the national title against their winning regional counterparts at the 2008 ACF National Convention in Las Vegas, July 14-17.
U.S.A.'s Chef of the Year�, sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions
David Daniot, CEC; executive chef, Edgewood Country Club, Commerce Township, Mich.; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association

ACF Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Splenda�
R. Andrew Chlebana II, CEPC; pastry chef, White Eagle Golf Club, Naperville, Ill.; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

ACF Chef Educator of the Year
Robert Anderson, CEC, CCE; program chair, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, Iowa; ACF of Iowa

ACF Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award
Ralph Comstock, CEC, AAC; adjunct faculty, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis; ACF Greater Indianapolis Chapter

ACF Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by Nestl� FoodServices North America
Charles Carroll, CEC, AAC; executive chef, River Oaks Country Club, Houston; ACF Professional Chefs Association of Houston

ACF Student Culinarian of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary, Inc.
Ender "Andy" Oktayuren; student, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill.; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by Pearson Prentice Hall
Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.; Joseph Mueller, CCC, coach

ACF Student Team Regional Championship, sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.
ACF Professional Chefs Association of Houston; Alex Darvishi, CEC, AAC, coach


The 2008 ACF Central Regional Conference award recipients listed below were recognized for their outstanding contributions and goodwill.

ACF Chapter of the Year
ACF of Iowa

ACF Chapter Achievement Award
ACF Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter
ACF of Iowa
ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter
ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association
Texas Chefs Association

Rene Roncari Senior Chef Humanitarian Award
John Kaufmann, CEC, AAC; retired, Antioch, Ill.; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.

ACF President's Medallions
John Bogacki, CEC, CCE, AAC; executive chef, Westwood Country Club, St. Louis; Chefs de Cuisine Association of Saint Louis Inc.
Charles Boydston, HAAC; executive chef, Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater, Inc., Chicago; ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, Inc.
John Gilbertson, CEC; executive chef, Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.; ACF Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs
Pamela Lewis; corporate executive chef, Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, Ark.; Northwest Arkansas Chefs Association
Richard McPeake; company chef, Rib Stars BBQ, Shawnee Mission, Kan.; ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association
James "Jim" Murray, CEC; ICA senior innovation chef, Unilever Foodsolutions, Lisle, Ill.; ACF Chefs of Milwaukee, Inc.
Lindy Robinson; assistant dean, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan.; ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association
Mark Webster, CEC, CCE; executive chef, New Theatre Restaurant, Overland Park, Kan.; ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association

ACF Central Regional BBQ Challenge, sponsored by Tyson Food Service
Grand champion: Harold Colston - Hot Meat Smokers team
Second place: Brian Miller, Ed Miller, Mike McClain - Heavy Smoke team
Third Place: Karen Putman, Ronna Keck - Flowers of the Flame team; both members of ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association

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