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2013 AAC Dinner

    September 29th, 2013 marked the night of Gerard Marquetty and Les Eckert’s American Academy of Chefs dinner held at Avila Golf and Country Club in Tampa, Florida. The benefiting charities for the evening were the American Academy of Chefs and American Culinary Federation’s Chef and […]

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October President’s Message

I hope you all had an opportunity to observe the ACF News in this month addition of the Culinary Insider.  I am encouraged and eager to support and celebrate Childhood Nutrition Day during the month of October. At Land O’ Lakes High School, Academy of Culinary Arts […]

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August President’s Message

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 […]

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Chef Night

           The All Children’s Hospital Fit4Allkids Program is a family wellness program targeting weight management as well as nutrition and culinary education.  Knowing how to keep children and families healthy and active is so important, especially with childhood obesity rates at an all-time […]

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Update on George Pastor

  George had surgery several weeks ago and is recovering at ManorCare Health Services-Carrollwood, 3030 W. Bearss Ave, Tampa FL 33618. Map Visits, calls, cards, emails are all appreciated to help break up the day. George’s email address is and phone number is 813-961-5189.

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ACF National Chef Educator of the Year – Les Eckert

I learn utilizing many different learning styles therefore I believe a good educator, no matter the subject must be able to recognize those learning styles within their student body and teach to them. My presentation did just that. I presented material utilizing different teaching methods that reached […]

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Chapter Awards

The honor of receiving an American Culinary Federation Tampa Bay Chapter award proves skill, knowledge and professionalism in the culinary industry and can further your recognition as a qualified chef. These awards represent the highest honors the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter can bestow. The following awards are […]

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President’s Message

ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association President’s Message June 2013   Our Chapter’s Future; As your chapter president I would like to bring you up to speed with the   status of our ACF Tampa Bay Chapter accomplishments over this past year to date. First of all, we have […]

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2013 Tampa Bay Golf Outing

    Thanks To Everyone For A Great Day of Golf! I would like to thank our Chapter Executives & Board members who assisted in making this event another great success. Without your support this outing would not have happened. Tod, Michael, John B., Gerard, Richard, Les, Ray, […]

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Evening with the Chefs

  On Thursday, May 23, 2013, The Ryan Wells Foundation and the Sheraton Sand Key Resort hosted the 8th annual “Evening with the Chef’s” at the Sheraton Sand Key on Clearwater Beach. Students from the culinary programs of Dixie Hollins, Jacobson Culinary Academy at Tarpon Springs, Northeast, […]

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Welcome to the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter. We invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings. Visit our national site to join and select the chapter nearest you.

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