Our President’s Message

Dear fellow Members, Colleagues and Friends.


February, 2019.

We are only two short weeks away from ChefConnect Atlantic City 2019. The excitement in the air is palpable as we await the beginning of this Conference. We, as a Chapter have been hard at work for these last sixteen months in preparation for this event. Hoping to see many of you at this Conference as it promises to be fantastic!

For the first time ever, on a Conference level, we will be having a Community Outreach Service to help feed the homeless at the Atlantic City Salvation Army on Sunday, February 24th 2019. Please join us as we help those in need (You must be registered for the Conference and tell them to sign you up for the Community Service). You must register with the ACF for this Community Service. I believe, whenever and wherever we are able to help, that it is a privilege to give back.

Make sure to cheer on the Knowledge Bowl Teams, the Culinary Teams, Student Chef of the Year and Chef of the Year Contestants as they have worked extremely hard to get to this point.

Looking past the ChefConnect Conference we will continue to be very active. The Captains Table to benefit the South Jersey Community Food Bank will take place on Thursday February 28th 2019, as we come together again to raise much needed funds for those in need.

Our Presidents Charity Scholarship Ball will take place on March 31st, 2019 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Consider joining us for what will be a fantastic night benefiting our Culinary Students with Scholarships, raising money for ‘Chefs in Need’, Chef and Child Initiative and to continue our Community Outreach Program.

We are also in the early planning stages of our Chefs at the Shore with a tentative date in June. An evening you don’t want to miss as we showcase many of our local talented Chefs from around Atlantic City, featuring some of their favorite dishes!

Looking towards the National Convention in August 2019, we, as a Chapter will again be spearheading the ‘National Community Outreach Program’ for the fourth year in a row in Orlando, Florida.

As you can see, we have some wonderful events coming up and look forward to sharing together the experiences that we will gain and learn from.

I continue to be very humbled and proud to serve as your President. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your thoughts, suggestions and ideas, they are always welcome.

Respectfully yours,

Chef Kenneth B. Trout CEC, CCA, AAC

From your Board of Directors

From your Board of Directors

New Board of Directors thanks everyone for your ongoing support.

Dear members and Friends

We are very happy to announce, that we are working on a few planned and upcoming events this coming year. As you can see from Chef Ken's message, the first one will the Chef Connect Conference on February, to be held at Caesars Casino Hotel in AC, from February 24-26.

The next one will be two days after that Conference as we support the South Jersey Food Bank with our"Captains Table" during the AC Boat Show.

Also, please set aside time for our upcoming Professional Chef's Association Scholarship Ball, scheduled on March 31st @ Hard Rock Casino Hotel.
More Information about it will be coming your way soon.

Chefs at the Shore" Fundraiser will be held on on June 20th, 2019. Please check out the Events Page with all of the details to what's going on as well as to join the many restaurants already signed up for it.

We are also working very hard to make this the best Chapter in the ACF, and we have already been recognized by receiving the NE Regional Chapter of the year award.
We have many more great functions on our events calendar and you will find out about it in the very near future.
Please feel free to contact any of the members for any questions or perhaps in need of help.

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


On behalf of the Board of Officers and Trustees, we wish everyone a very busy and successful 2019.
Thank you everyone for your ongoing support and we hope to see you all at our upcoming meetings and events.