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The Chef de Cuisine Association of California, ACF-Los Angeles

It is Monday Night and as I prepare for our Dinner Meeting tonight at Almante I was reflecting on last week some, thinking back to last Thursday Night, October 20, 2014. The Ventura County Chefs Chapter of the American Culinary Federation under the able leadership of Chef Mike Lodi, held a memorial service and dinner for Kay Corning, C.E.C. and A.C.C. The event was Outstanding! Everyone in attendance had a good time and learned quite a bit about one of the ACF's Great Leaders.

Kay Corning besides being an outstanding business woman and chef, was one of the very first female members of the CCAC and ACF. She was also one of the very first female officers of the CCAC, and was one of the very first female National Officers of the ACF.

Among the people who gathered to honor her memory besides members of her family were some of the culinary legends of both the CCAC and the ACF. The Culinary Legends of the ACF who were in attendance were Chef Mike Lodi, Chef Luis Martinez CEC, AAC, Chef Vince Paris CEC, AAC from the Orange Empire Chefs Association, and probably two of the greatest legends of the CCAC and the ACF that I know, Chef Harry Brockwell CEC, AAC and Chef Jacques Tokar. If you had attended you would have been able to visit and communicate with the men who made our chapters great!

The downside of this event was there weren't enough members of the CCAC, Ventura, Orange Empire & Inland Empire Chefs and the ACF National Officers in attendance. Sure there were notes from different people and from national officers. But, I ask you all as members of the ACF, "WHERE WERE YOU?" I ask my board, I ask my members, I ask the national officers. Step up and out of your comfort zone! To my board and to the national officers I wish I would have seen more of you. To the membership, this was your chance to learn about a Great ACF Chef and to talk and learn from other GREAT CHEFS of the ACF!

While I am beating you up about your failure to attend and honor Kay Corning, C.E.C. and A.A.C., I also remind you, that you need to find the time and the means to attend CCAC Meetings and functions at a location that is one that is where you do not work. Please attend meetings and functions at a variety of locations. Please try and make time to do this! Without you this organization will be challenged. You make a difference!

Robert W. Phillips CEC, CCA, ACE, CFSP
CCAC President

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