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

Hopefully everyone has had a good holiday season! Now that the holidays are behind us, I need to inform about some exciting events both in the past and in the future.

Our past events included going to the Angel City Brewing Company for a tour and tasting. Going to the Coured’ell Amare Restaurant for dinner and an educational session on Garlic. Thank you to Eda Martin for A job well done. Please be aware no vampires were seen anywhere near the event. We had a truly outstanding dinner at the MDR Hotel in Marina Del Rey. The dinner at the MDR Double Tree Hotel was the finest dinner event we had at a commercial establishment. Jack Litchfield From Kitchen Wizards showed us how to make money on the side for our hard work, Click on the Banner for Kitchen Wizards to see how it works. It was the best dinner we had at a non-commercial establishment was at Los Angeles Mission College. We tip our toques to the Chefs and Students at Los Angeles Mission College for an Outstanding Job!

The chapter participated in a charitable event, The Veterans Holiday Celebration, at the V.A. Hospital in West Los Angeles. We helped feed over 4000 people! We had many, many volunteers who performed fantastic work for us. Included among our volunteers were the students in the Culinary Arts Club at North Hollywood Polytechnic High School and their instructor, Chef Bob Higgins. The Culinary Arts Students from L.A. Harbor College, with Chefs Greg Jackson and Marie Madrid of LAHC, and Culinary Club Officers Callen Flowers and Anthony Lassam. We also had volunteers from the Art Institute of Orange County and the Orange Empire Chefs Association to name a few more.And the days of Heavy Preperation before the event by Universal Studios & Mission Community Hospital.

This week on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, we had our Tasting Dinner at the LA Hotel at Ziran for our upcoming American Academy of Chefs Dinner. The dinner was amazing! Please saved the date, February 2, 2015, for our American Academy of Chefs Dinner. I will be talking more about this shortly.

In the area of exciting upcoming events, we have four of them. Two locally and two nationally. Our two national events will Chef Connect Baltimore from February 15 through February 17, 2015, and Chef Connect Indianapolis from April 12 through April 14, 2015. These will be replacing our regional conventions.

Our exciting local events begin with the CCAC Golf Tournament to be held at the Beautiful Valencia Country Club in Valencia, California. This event will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015. The first Tee Time will be 11:00 A.M. We have plenty of spaces for all of you golfers and your friends and purveyors. If you wish to sign up or need more information, please contact Chef This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. please contact Chef Lee to Volunteer , the event chair. This is sure to be a fun filled exciting event. It has been many years since the CCAC has had a Golf Tournament. For those of you, who are not golfers, we will be having a Dinner Meeting at the Valencia Country Club immediately following the tournament. This is open to all. The dinner will cost $40.00 per person. I am awaiting the dinner menu and further details from Chef Lee. I hope to see all of you there.

Our next exciting event, is one to make the entire ACF Envious! Make sure you are part of this event. The last one of these events in this region was held over Fifteen Years Ago! Yes, I am talking about the American Academy of Chefs Dinner. What else makes this dinner so special? We will be honoring Chef Harry Brockwell's Previous Past Western Vice President for the ACF Induction into the American Academy of Chefs Hall of Fame. This dinner will be held at the LA Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Monday, February 2, 2015. Please see our website and Facebook Page for more details. Among the other events that evening will be the awarding of scholarships to Worthy Culinary Arts Students. This will be a chance to get together with your friends and fellow chefs. Among the honored guests besides Chef Harry Brockwell, will be our own Chef Luis Martinez, and our own Chef Richard Morgan. Other honored chefs will be Two Time National President, Michael Ty, and the Esteemed Culinary Judge and Chairman of the Board for the American Academy of Chefs, Chef Stafford DeCambra. Please try and attend this once in a life time event. With that I would like to thank my AAC Dinner Board for all of their hard work. I need to extend a Special Thanks to Chef Luis Martinez, our AAC Chair, for pushing us and staying on top of us to make sure that we made this dinner happen! Hoping to see you all at the dinner!

We sign up for this events and watch for more exciting upcoming events! May the Year 2015, be a better year for you and yours, than the Year 2014!

Chef Robert Phillips CEC, CCA, ACE, CFSP
President CCAC 2014/2015