Our President's Message

Dear fellow Members, Colleagues and Friends.

December 28, 2020.

Dear Fellow Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

I would first like to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and hope you were able to enjoy time with your family and loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, as I know this year has been extremely difficult for everyone. Be it jobs lost, decrease in pay, hours worked, or being separated from our loved ones, our Culinary Industry has been affected tremendously. With the Covid 19 Virus Pandemic continuing to spread my hope is that everyone remains safe and healthy. Please reach out to me or any of the Board members if we can be of any assistance.

Together with the Elected Board, we wish to express our thanks to the Membership of our ACF PCASJ Chapter for your continued support. As we move into our third term in office please know that we are in contact with one another in our effort to maintain and enhance the Chapter. Recently I have been in talks with other Chapter Presidents on how we may best help each other out, as all Chapters across the country are facing the same issues. We are still unable to meet in person but we will continue our monthly meetings via Zoom and we are working on Educational Seminars, such as the one Susan Notter was able to do for the ACF Big Apple Chapter, that we were invited to join in with them.  Our hope is to work together to maintain and hopefully continue to grow in our membership.  If anyone has any suggestions for Educational Seminars please forward them to us.

Please stay safe and as it's been a daily routine, wear your masks to keep yourself and others safe as well.
I remain very humbled and honored to be the President of our Chapter and consider myself extremely fortunate to work with our Chapter and all the Board members who are always willing to help in any way they can.


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.