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ACF National Convention
Students gear up for ACF’s annual event in the Lone Star State.
above: The 2011 ACF National Convention
takes place at the Gaylord Texan, Dallas.
opposite: Daniel Gorman competes and
wins the title of 2010 ACF Student Chef of
the Year in Anaheim, Calif., August 2010.
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Regional Conferences come to an end
this month. Up next is the ACF
National Convention, one of the
most anticipated culinary events
of the summer. Taking place at the
Gaylord Texan in Dallas, July 22-26,
2011, this year’s convention includes
more student opportunities than
ever. Get ready for live cooking
demonstrations from some of the
country’s leading chefs, educational
seminars, networking opportunities,
meal and entertainment events, a
trade show and live competitions.
Here’s a look at what awaits in the
Lone Star State.
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There are several new events
happening at this year’s convention
that you won’t want to miss. General
Session will take place over the
course of two days, and will feature a
snapshot of the state of ACF, a Year in
Review, award presentations,
several surprises and a cooking demo
featuring Brad Barnes, CMC,
CCA, AAC, and Kevan Vetter.
Last year, ACF held its ACF National
Championship featuring the Freedom
Chef Challenge. This year, on Sunday,
July 24, healthcare chefs will take center
stage as they compete, preparing healthy
menus that can be used in their facilities
and throughout the healthcare industry.
Nutrition remains the focus Monday,
July 25, during the finals of Recipes for
Healthy Kids, a partnership with the
U.S. Department of Agriculture Food
and Nutrition Services. Three national
finalists will compete, preparing their
healthful menu suggestions. The winner
will be announced that evening.
learn from the best
Get ahead of your classmates by signing
up for one of four hands-on workshops
offered twice on Friday, July 22.
Choose from sessions on Indian cuisine,
charcuterie, marzipan or chocolate.
The cost for each session is $25 for
members with full registration and
$75 for nonmembers or those without
This year’s presenter lineup will be
outstanding, as always. Alton Brown,