Looking back over this past year has been truly inspiring to see all that our Chapter has accomplished. Without the generous support of our sponsor’s memberships and all of the surrounding Chefs who constantly are willing to step up and lend a hand, this would not have been possible. My sincere thanks to you all!
We are getting close to the ACF National Convention to be held in Orlando from August 4th through August 8th. This will be the fourth year in a row that we will be spearheading the National Community Outreach Program, something that we are all very much looking forward to. Helping those in need is a privilege and one we are most grateful to be able to do. Thank you to all who are involved to make this happen.
Over the summer break, the Board will be planning and working on the upcoming year events. Our first meeting back will be held at the Historic Smithville Inn on September 10, 2019. I hope to see many of you there!
Our next great event will be our Annual Golf Outing that will be held at the Blue Heron Pines Golf and Country Club on October 7, 2019. This will be a wonderful day out spending time with friends and colleagues to help raise money for much needed scholarships.
In closing and as I look back over this past year, I could not be prouder of all our Chapter has accomplished and our membership has grown. We were the proud Hosts of the ACF’s Regional “Chef Connect” Conference in March. Congratulations go out to our great ‘Hot Foods’ Culinary Team as well as the ‘Knowledge Bowl Team’. During the Conference, we also received the ACF Chapter Achievement Award.
We had an excellent Presidents Charity Scholarship Ball, and four Chef and Child Initiatives. There are also many community services we do.
My sincerest thanks go out to you all for your continued support, dedication and hard work. I remain very humbled and honored to be your President. May you all have a wonderful Summer.
Kenneth B. Trout CEC, CCA, AAC
President, Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
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.
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.