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American Academy of Chefs Dinner Honoring:
George O’Palenick, CEC, CCE, AAC
White Manor Country Club
Malvern, PA
October 26th, 2015



American Academy of Chefs Dinner Honoring:
Mark Wright CEC, AAC
Wolfgang Geckler CEC, AAC
Tropicana Hotel
Atlantic City, New Jersey
October 19, 2014



Chef's Day Off on the River August 11, 2014   



Jazz at Bushwood June 14, 2014   



Presidents Ball March 10, 2014   



AAC Dinner September 29, 2013

The American Academy of Chefs dinner honored Chef Stafford DeCambra, CEC,CCE,CCA,AAC with one of our most memorable dinners on Sunday, September 29th. Take a look at our website shortly ( for pictures and a look at the gastronomic feast Chef Martin Hamann prepared. Special thanks to all the staff at the Union League especially Katie Sacchetta for all her help in making the event a special evening and our chapter committee members. For those of you who could not make it, sorry you really missed out on this one. Special recognition was given to the Union League staff for their first class treatment. Kukui beads decorated with our ACF logo were presented to all guests in recognition of Chef DeCambra's Hawaiian heritage and in return he presented a strand to Chef Hamann in appreciation of welcoming him to the Union League of Philadelphia. The Kukui nuts are associated with the Hawaiian God of Agriculture.



Deerfield Golf Outing August 5, 2013   




President's Ball February 28, 2013   




ACF National Convention July 2012 Orlando Florida
2012 Award Recipients

ACF Achievement of Excellence Award
White Manor Country Club
Drew Smalbach

AAC Chef Good Taste Award
Chef Paul O'Toole CEC AAC
Deerfield Gold and Tennis Club

AAC Hall of Fame
Pierre Rausch CEC,AAC,HOF

AAC Academy Fellow Inductee
Christopher Tanner CEC AAC
The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College
Chapter Compliance Award presented to ACF Philadelphia Chapter DVCA



ACF 3rd Annual Philly Cook's Exhibitor List
A special thanks to all of our exhibitors for our 2012 event hosted at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center. Check out all the food & beverages available and of course support our contributors, we encourage you to visit their websites.

Chef Laura Kay Healthy Lifestyle Services - Philadelphia, PA
Asparagus, Edamame, artichoke,& tomato sauce w/ brown rice

Desmond Hotel and Conference Center - Malvern, PA
Cavatelli pasta with roasted eggplant-garlic cream sauce and zucchini

Art Institute of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Shrimp Risotto

Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College - Philadelphia, PA

Esposito Porchetta - Philadelphia, PA
Roasted Fresh Pig

Tutto Sorrisi Catering, LLC - Malvern, PA
Lemon Chicken, Salmon Board, Lemon Chicken, Israeli Couscous, Negroni Cocktail or Sangria

Christine Marie's Catering - Glen Mills, PA
Mushroom Ravioli Alfredo, Fettuccini Vodka Sauce

Downingtown Country Club - Downingtown, PA
3 varieties of Bruschetta

US Foods - Philadelphia, PA
Dessert varieties

Joseph Poon ~ Chef Kitchen - Philadelphia, PA
Varieties of Dim Sum

Blair Mill Inn - Horsham, PA
Turkey zucchini meatballs in red curry, cheese steak tacos, corn and blackened shrimp shooters

Jones Dairy Farm - Fort Atkinson, WI
Braised or slow roasted bacon belly

Black Walnut Winery - Phoenixville, PA
Black walnut wine samples

J. Ambrogi Food Distribution, Inc. - Paulsboro, NJ
Florida Tomatoes, Mozzarella w/ microgreens

Kildare's Irish Pub - West Chester, PA
Guinness Stew

Meal Maker's Inc., A Personal Culinary Service - Philadelphia, PA
Buffalo chicken and vegetable Mac and cheese

Keller's Creamery - Harleysville, PA
Bread and butter

Box Car Brewing Company - West Chester, PA
Various beer samples

Trader Joes - Wayne, PA
Rice Medley



Presidents Ball 2012 February Awards

This years DVCA Presidents Ball Gala, held on February 26, 2012 was hosted at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, by Chef Andrew Guarini and kitchen staff for a fabulous cocktail hour and gourmet 4 course meal. Every year we honor our chapters outstanding membership through an award ceremony celebrated among our peers. The award recipients were as follows:

President's Award:
1) Paul O'Toole CEC AAC was awarded for his work with Michelle Obama, "Let's Move!", Chefs move to schools inniative as a consultant representative for Washington, D.C working with participants such as Chef Cat Cora.
2) Tim McClean CEC was awarded for his work on integrating ACF competitions into the Philadelphia area for students and professional growth.

Junior Member of The Year: Amber Beasley
Educator of the Year: Tom DelCamp
Purveyor of the year: US foods
Pastry Chef of the Year: Gunther Heiland, CEPC
Chef Professionalism Award: Mike McCombes, CEC
Les Goldbeg Award: Sal Fratintoni
Gerhardt Koennecke Award: Antonietta Pendleton CEC, HAAC
Chef of the Year: 2011 chef of the year Andres Marin, CEC passed the award to the newly awarded 2012 Chef of the year, Drew Smallbach of White Manor Country Club, Malvern PA.

We recognized, Mike Deprisco, President International School at the Art Institute of Philadelphia who was in attendance, including Dan Labertrioli, President Restaurant school at Walnut Hill College as well as our sponsors Sysco Food service, US Foods. Thank you for all who attended the event and please congratulate our members for their outstanding efforts.



Manayunk on Ice

Member Fred Robinson, CEC, participated at the Manayunk On Ice three day ice carving expo featuring ice carvers from around the world that takes place along the Main Street corridor in Manayunk - a section of Philadelphia. The event took place on February 10th through 12th, 2012. "Blocks of ice were transformed into images of love along Main Street in Manayunk Saturday. Thousands strolled along the street to watch as master ice sculptors created frozen symbols of "Passion" in honor of Valentine's Day like giraffes, their necks wrapped around each other; cupid sitting on the moon and hands with one placing a ring on the other. The event, the second annual "Manayunk On Ice" Pro Ice Carving Competition and Winter Family Festival, opened with an ice bonfire on Friday and will continue on Sunday with a Master Ice Sculptor Invitational from noon to 3 p.m. Ice-carvers will create original works around the theme of "Obsession.""- 'Ice Sculptures Draw Visitors to Manayunk', February 11, 2012




2011 November Meeting

Copyright James Jackson


2011 September Meeting



Lessons Learned from the Health Inspection
National Food Safety Education Month is an annual campaign to heighten the awareness about the importance of food safety education. Each year, we offer training activities, posters, and more

We Participate