August President’s Message

August President’s Message

Michael Rigberg - Small

ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association
President’s Message
August 2013



In July I had the opportunity to represent our chapter at the 2013 ACF National Convention in Las Vega from July 21st to July 26th. I would like to share some of the activities that I experienced at the convention.

There were many workshops available for chefs from making Sushi to a course about chocolate, then the art of making dumplings were some of the featured classes offered on Sunday.  The Ice Breaker reception was very disappointing. For a Chef Association as ours, you would expect the best of the best, but this was far from that.

Monday, there were featured forums from each region to discuss what was currently going on within each chapter. The general session featured Simply Ming, award wining chef Ming Tsai who gave a wonderful presentation of a healthier way to enjoy the Asian cuisine.  Many other workshops from global spice trade, to Mexican cuisine, a lecture by Mark Allison from Johnson & Wales University on heart healthy foods using grains.

For those of you who are looking to compete there was a very interesting workshop on plating & presentation techniques, also a workshop on how to be a successful competitor. Information is available by contacting ACF National Headquarters.

I had the privilege to watch Chef Les Eckert our chapter Education Chairperson give a fantastic presentation as she prepared for the Chef Educator of the Year competition.  As all of you should be aware Chef Eckert won the Chef Educator of the Year award for 2013.  Congratulation’s to Chef Eckert on her achievement, we are all very proud of you!

I also represented our chapter at the board of Governors meeting, very good news, I can tell you that there will not be any increase in our dues to ACF National.  Keeping this in mind we must strive to increase our chapter membership in order for the ACF to continue to be successful. If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining our chapter, please have them contact Chef Richard Ellman our Membership Chairperson.

The induction of our newly elected executive board and the outgoing executive board was very exciting, it was heart felt with speeches given by each official. Their leadership over the past several years of service has driven the successful stability of the ACF commitment to the members. We wish our friend Michael Deihl, Southeast VP the very best of luck in his new role representing our region. We also wish Jeff Bacon the very best in the future.

Of course I cannot leave out the wonderful job the student competitors were, it was nice to see the devotion and hard work from all these young chefs.

I attended the American Academy of Chefs dinner which some would say is the scaled down version of the Academy Awards in Hollywood California. Our friend & colleague Chef Rick Perez was inducted into the AAC.  Rick celebrated this night with his family, friends and fellow chefs. It was a very special evening for all who attended.

The grand finale was the Presidents Grand Ball. Michael Ty’s presentation to the members during was one of the best speeches that I heard in many years. Again we wish Michael all the best in the future.

Please checkout our chapter web sight for up to date information on all chapter meetings, events and special dinners up coming in September. Remember our chapter AAC dinner will be on Sunday September 29th. Contact Cheryl Glass, our chapter administrator, or you may purchase tickets on our website.

Thank you!

ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association

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