ACF honors Northeast chefs, students & foodservice professionals

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Chefs, students and foodservice professionals from the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Northeast and Southeast Regions gathered for professional development and culinary trend seminars at ChefConnect: Baltimore. The conference took place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, Feb. 15-17.
Conference topics included food pairings, vegetable-based and meat-alternative entrees, gourmet ice cream desserts, sustainable seafood, allergy-conscious and gluten-free cooking and how to build relationships with local farmers.
Presenters included James Corwell, CMC, executive chef, The Pacific Union Club, San Francisco, and inventor of Tomato Sushi; Jeffrey Quasha, CEC, CCA, executive chef, Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia; and Kimberly Warner, senior scientist, Oceana, Washington, D.C. For a full list of presenters, visit
Regional awards were presented to Northeast Region chefs and students during the conference.
The following ACF Northeast Region award winners will compete for their respective national titles at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show, Orlando, FL, July 30-Aug.3.
ACF Northeast Region Chef Educator of the Year
* Ray McCue, CEC, assistant professor, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island; ACF Rhode Island Chapter
ACF Northeast Region Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award
*Robert Milam, CEC, AAC, chef instructor, Boone Career Center, Foster, West Virginia; ACF West Virginia Chapter
ACF Northeast Region Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by MINOR’S®
*Thomas Long, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Sodexo at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; ACF Harrisburg Chapter
ACF Northeast Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers
*Students representing ACF Eastern Long Island Chefs Chapter, Riverhead, New York
ChefConnect: Baltimore award recipients in ACF’s Northeast Region listed below were recognized for their outstanding contributions to ACF, goodwill in their communities and/or culinary excellence.
ACF Northeast Region Chapter of the Year
*ACF Rhode Island Chapter; Providence, Rhode Island
ACF Northeast Region Chapter Achievement Award
*ACF Epicurean Club of Boston; Boston
*ACF Long Island Chapter; Long Island, New York ACF Columbus Chapter; Columbus, Ohio
*ACF Harrisburg Chapter; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania *ACF Rhode Island Chapter; Providence, Rhode Island
Northeast Chefs, Foodservice Professionals and Culinary Students Honored at American Culinary Federation Conference

ACF Northeast Region President’s Medallion
*Robert Forquer, CEC, AAC, retired, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; ACF Conemaugh Valley Culinary Association
*Ray McCue, CEC, assistant professor, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island; ACF Rhode Island Chapter
*Michael Miello, CEC, Food Fanatic chef, US Foods, Perth Amboy, New Jersey; ACF Northern New Jersey Chapter
ACF Northeast Region Cutting Edge Award
*David Banks, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Harry’s Savoy Grill and Ballroom, Wilmington, Delaware; ACF First State Chefs Association Pittsburgh Field Club; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Redstone American Grill; Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
More than 450 chefs, students and foodservice professionals attended ChefConnect: Baltimore, hosted by ACF Greater Baltimore Chapter and ACF Nation’s Capital Chefs Association. The conference was a part of ACF’s Signature Series, which provides professional development for chefs and culinary students through educational programs, conferences and competitions. Learn more about the conference at, or on Twitter @ACFChefs.
Sponsors of ChefConnect: Baltimore are: Allen Brothers, Inc.; American Technical Publishers; The Beef

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