Our President's Message

Dear fellow Members, Colleagues and Friends.

March, 2020.

Dear Fellow Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

During this time of uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic as we watch our state go into lockdown, businesses closing with many of us now out of work. Those of us who can continue to work by utilizing take out methods may we all continue to support those local businesses in our community. Many of us have been able to help with community services, receiving food donations and providing food to those less fortunate. By keeping lines of communication open we will be able to lend a hand wherever needed. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of our Board members we are here to help in any way we can.

Although our monthly meeting for April has been cancelled please know that the elected Board of Officers has remained in contact as we continue to work on updating our Bylaws and working towards becoming a 501 ( c ) 3 Chapter.

As some of you may have heard, ‘Chef Connect Nashville’ has been postponed until October. At this point there are no plans on the ACF National Convention changing, as we wait to see how our country recovers from this pandemic.

Although we have a date of June 11, 2020 for Chefs at the Shore to be held at The Golden Nugget, time will tell us if that remains possible.

On a lighter note I would like to thank all those who supported our 48th Presidents Charity Scholarship Ball. Held at The Merion in Cinnaminson, it was a tremendous success. The support of our purveyors, sponsors, Chefs and membership was outstanding. Those who worked together to make this evening such a success, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I know the long hours, phone calls and meeting that took place to bring this night together. Congratulations to all our award winners, your dedication to our Chapter is tremendous, we are lucky to have you!

I ask you all to please continue to follow your emails, check the website and social media sites as we continue to face these challenging times.

May you and your families remain safe and healthy, I know together we will become stronger when this virus is contained, and a treatment is secured.

I remain honored and humbled to continue to serve as your President.


Kenneth B. Trout CEC, CCA, AAC
President, Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey

From your Board of Directors

From your Board of Directors

The Board of Directors thanks everyone for your ongoing support.

Dear Members, Colleagues, and friends.

As we begin our summer break from the monthly meetings, we hope that you all enjoy time with family and friends, relax, recharge, and enjoy every moment. For some of you it might even be a busy time now.

The Board will be continuing with plans for the upcoming year. If anyone has any suggestions or questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Together, our Chapter continues to be a very vital part of the American Culinary Federation. As some of you know, we are less than a month away from the ACF National Convention and we'll be represented well there.

Our Chapter will for the fourth year in a row be spearheading the National Community Outreach program as we again be cooking for about 300+ clients at the Orlando Rescue Mission. We wish to thank not only our Chapter members who are involved, but also the many Chefs who have volunteered from across the United States.

**On another very Happy Note: Lets all Congratulate Chef Luigi Baretto, CEC, AAC, for being selected into the American Academy of Chefs Hall of Fame. He will be inducted on Sunday, August 4th, 2019. Well deserved Chef Luigi!

On behalf of the Board of Officers and Trustees we wish everyone a very successful upcoming year. Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support as together we can continue to support our community services, mentor the young Culinary Students, grow our Chapter and provide wonderful events throughout the year.

Respectfully yours,
Chef Kenneth Trout, CEC, CCA, AAC
President of the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey (PCASJ)
A chapter of the ACF

Thank you everyone for your ongoing support and we hope to see you all at our upcoming meetings and events.