Dear Fellow Members, Colleagues, and Friends,
During this time as our country is facing a pandemic caused by COVID 19, I pray you are all remaining safe and healthy.
I ask you all to look on the ACF National website for the many ways they are trying to help ACF members. There are free Educational seminars under ACF United, Insurance programs, Legal Shield Benefits, the ACF Career Center, discounts from Office Depot/Office Max. Please remember the program to Culinary Students remains in effect to those attending an ACFEF accredited program. The reduced rate is $50, if anyone has questions please let me know either by email or call me.
During this time when we have not been able to meet please know that we, the Elected Board of Officers have continued to work on projects for our future. The Bylaws have been completely updated, we have taken them to the accountant and as of now we are awaiting a response from the state to have the Chapter become a 501(c)3 nonprofit Chapter.
I have also spoken with Chef Bob from The Golden Nugget about Chefs at the Shore. The original date of June 11, 2020 obviously will not be able to happen. But we have spoken about changing the date once it is safe to do so.
We were extremely lucky to have been able to have the Presidents Charity Scholarship Ball when we did. The Merion went over the top with a great Cocktail reception for 300 people, 15 stations each one different and authentic. We were excited to award 2 scholarships and all the Yearly awards, Congratulations to all. I am still receiving positive reports about that evening and again I wish to thank everyone who joined us as well as those who worked so hard to make it such a successful night. The Merion staff did such a great job this year and they were great to work with every step of the way. Any one that attended please put a positive comment on the Merion website as they deserve it. Thank you.
Since the ACF Northeast/Southeast Conference had to be rescheduled to October, there was a Virtual Awards Program that took place. I am extremely happy to let you know that our Chapter received a Chapter of the year award as well as being named the Northeast Chapter of the Year. We will be competing with the three other regions of the United States at the National Convention this July in Dallas for the National Title. In the last four years we have been lucky to have received four Chapter achievement awards and the Northeast Award winner now twice, once in 2018, and now 2020.
At this time our Student member, Morgan Suydum is still scheduled to compete for the National Student of the Year. I was extremely honored and humbled to have been selected as the Northeast Region Dr L. J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award winner. I also feel extremely grateful to have been in this Chapter for 37 years.
We have been in contact with the New York Chapters who have asked our Chapter to be involved with distribution of food that has become available to them. We will be delivering this food to the Salvation Army and the Rescue Mission. Chapters working together to help those in need is an amazing feeling and working Hand and hand with one another is what it is all about, and I thank the New York Chapters for reaching out to us so that we can help those in need.
Looking even further into the future I have also been contacted by two different Chefs for our 2021 Presidents Charity Scholarship Ball. I'm asking all of you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns as I am here for you, so please do not hesitate to let me know. I pray you are all healthy and safe. I remain humbled and honored to serve as your President.
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.