The Chef de Cuisine Association of California, ACF-Los Angeles
Member Chefs, Culinarians, Cooks, Friends and Family,
As I look back over this past summer, I have to say that I am going to miss it! But, at the same time I can now hopefully slow down and focus on the work at hand.
Ideally, everyone had a great summer! I know that I did! I had time to take a family vacation with my wife and daughters. We went to the Magic Kingdom following the ACF National Convention. I was very busy working to promote our chapter at the National Convention. Ideally, this will pay off in the not too distant future.
The National Convention was well attended with about 1200 attendees. I myself had a superior time by being inducted into several organizations, but the best one for me was being inducted into the American Academy of Chefs. I want to “Thank” all of you for your support for this, but specifically two AAC Fellows. The first is Chef Daniel Drumlake CEC, CCE, ACE, CCA, AAC and the second is Chef Luis Martinez AAC who both supported me in my efforts to become a member of the American Academy of Chefs. I am honored to be an AAC Member. And special thanks to Chef Stafford DeCambra CEC, CCE, AAC, and Past AAC Chair for making Me and My wife Feel at home!
At National Convention I was also honored by our National President Tom Macrina by the Announcement that I would be bestowed with A Presidential Medallion for My Efforts in Support of Culinarians and the Culinary Field. I was truly humbled as I was awarded this recognition from him. Chef Macrina, “Thank you” for recognizing me, but also for recognizing Southern California with Presidential Medallion #24.
In the area of closer to home things, the chapter has been very busy also. We have attended and worked at two trade show in the past couple of weeks. We will have had a Dinner Meeting and Board Meeting at the 1810 Argentinean Steak House in Downtown Los Angeles.
The first trade show we attended and had a booth at was The Western Restaurant and Hospitality Expo, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 23 - 25, 2015. I would like to send Special Thank You to Ferdinand Metz, CMC, and the Staff of the Western Restaurant and Hospitality Expo for providing us with a booth.
This booth enabled us to speak to past, present and future members of the ACF, from all over California and the Western United States, about membership, certification, education and scholarships. Additionally, we were about to promote the Pro-Start Program to High Students and High School Culinary Arts Instructors.
Finally, on the Western Restaurant Expo, I would like to Thank all of My Volunteers who gave their time and energy to work the booth. With that I would like to thank, Jennifer Minichiello and Richard Reilly from the Orange Empire Chefs Association, and Daniel Csostai and Brian Reff from our chapter, The CCAC. All of these people did an exceptional job and enabled me to make the booth a success! I expect to See 10 to 15 New or returning Members. You will see them becoming involved!
The second trade show that some of our members attended was The Why U.S. Foodservice Food Show held at the Alexandria Ballrooms in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. This was a fun and educational show with many exceptional vendors and attendees.
With that being said about the shows, I would like to ask the majority of the members including officers and board members of the six Southern California Chapter of the ACF, the following two questions:
- Why did we not see you at the Western Restaurant Show, much less help us to work the booth?
- What have you done in the past month to promote your local chapter of the ACF?
On a more positive note! We have some upcoming events for everyone to be involved with.
We have three upcoming events already scheduled. In October, we will be having a joint meeting with the Orange Empire Chefs Association in Long Beach to Celebrate Octoberfest & Urban Cultivators!
On Monday, November 2, 2015, the CCAC will be holding its Annual Chef and Child Golf Tournament at the Porter Valley Country Club in the San Fernando Valley. We are currently looking for players and sponsors. Keep your eyes open for further announcements.
On Saturday, November 14, 2015, we will be having our Escoffier Dinner at the Luxe Hotel in Brentwood. Watch for further details.
In December, we are planning on having our Presidential Ball and our Chef of the Year Dinner. If you would like to host it or be part of the planning committee, please let me know.
Also, in December, we are possibly going to be helping with the Veterans' Holiday Celebration at the Westwood V.A. Facility. If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming events. Additionally, please renewal your membership if it has lapsed and recruit a new member, whether you are current or not. We are the Chefs of Los Angeles!
Robert Phillips CEC, CCA, ACE, AAC, CFSP