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2014 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Raises More Than $2 Million for FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

The 13th-annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, which took place Feb. 20-23, 2014, featured more than 250 of the industry’s leading winemakers, spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities who entertained and educated approximately 60,000 passionate gourmands and aficionados during this star-studded, four-day destination event. This year's Festival raised more than $2 million for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at Florida International University.

Cal Poly Pomona Hospitality Management Professor Selected as Fulbright Scholar

Cal Poly Pomona Hospitality Management professor Dr. John Self has been selected to be a Fulbright Scholar at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. He will teach abroad from August through November.

Self is the first professor from Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management to take part in the Fulbright Program. He will teach hospitality-management classes with an American pedagogy rooted in polytechnic, hands-on student-based learning. He will also conduct research on why restaurants fail—to compare with his U.S.-based research on the same topic.

Self looks forward to offering his American style of teaching to Finnish students while also gaining a broader view of teaching and student learning to bring back to Cal Poly Pomona. “I love peeling back the onion of a new culture,” he said. “Four months is long enough that you’re not treated like a tourist.”

Similar to Cal Poly Pomona, Haaga-Helia University offers a hands-on education. Its Hospitality, Tourism and Experience Management program parallels The Collins College of Hospitality Management in many ways, like by bridging theory and practice to offer students a well-rounded education.

Technology Center of DuPage Culinary Team Wins Illinois ProStart Title for Third Consecutive Year; Advances to Nationals in May

A sea bass, a chicken and a mousse—that’s the menu that sealed the third straight ProStart state championship for the culinary team from Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) in Addison, Ill. The team competed Feb. 8 at the 13th Annual Illinois ProStart® Student Invitational for high-school culinarians, hosted by the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF) at Kendall College in Chicago.

The champion culinary team includes: Kristy Fogle, senior (Aurora); Mary Hoare, junior (Wheaton); Courtney O'Neal, senior (Glen Ellyn); and Julio Valeriano, senior (Wood Dale). Jacob Stellmach, another senior from Aurora, is the team alternate. Their first-place state win includes thousands of dollars in scholarship awards. As the state champ, the TCD team has the honor of competing as “Team Illinois” in the culinary competition at the National ProStart® Invitational, May 3-5 in Minneapolis. 

All team members are enrolled in TCD’s Culinary, Pastry Arts & Hospitality Management program as an elective part of their respective high schools. Fogle and Stellmach attend Waubonsie Valley; Hoare, Wheaton North; Valeriano, Fenton H.S.; and O’Neal, Glenbard West. Technology Center of DuPage (www.tcdupage.org) offers 20 advanced career and technical education electives to DuPage-area juniors and seniors through a partnership among 14 high-school districts.

9th-Annual For the Love of Chocolate Raises $189,000+ for The French Pastry School Scholarships

More than 850 Chicagoans looking to warm up their winter blues helped make things hot at the 9th Annual For the Love of Chocolate Gala on Feb. 22.  The event brought the 1920s roaring back to life at the 130-year-old Union League Club of Chicago in the name of raising scholarship funds for students of The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago.

In the lobby alone, newsies hawked headlines, menacing gangsters and their carefree molls lined the marble staircase, a Madame bedecked guests for an old-fashioned photo booth, and a down-on-her-luck moonshiner from Redmoon Theater made bootleg gin in her bathtub.

Four Culinary Institute of America Alumni Lead the List of Forbes “30 Under 30”

The January 20, 2014, issue of Forbes magazine honored the best up-and-comers in a wide range of fields. In its annual “30 Under 30” list, four graduates of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) were named in the area of food and beverage. That’s more than any other college or university.

“We are proud that so many graduates quickly become standouts in the food world,” said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan, CMC. “In addition to being highly skilled chefs, they are managers, owners, sommeliers, and leaders in many other areas of hospitality.”

The honorees from the CIA:

Announcing Cru® Recipe Contest for Postsecondary Culinary-Arts Students

Roth® Grand Cru®, a classic alpine-style cheese crafted in Wisconsin, is a perfect partner for pasta. It has a rich, robust flavor and incorporates beautifully into a wide variety of hot applications, especially sauces and mac ‘n’ cheese! Show us how you can make Roth Grand Cru stand out in a creative pasta application (mac ‘n’ cheese, pasta sauce, ravioli/tortellini, casserole, etc.) for a chance to win $2,000 plus one pass/registration and two nights’ lodging to the 2014 National Restaurant Show in Chicago.

DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS FEB. 28, 2014

• Recipes must be submitted in preferred format. (See sample)

• Entries must include at least one (1) high-resolution digital photograph of finished dish

• Contest entrants must be currently enrolled in a postsecondary culinary school/program in the 50 United States

• You must include name, email address, telephone number, mailing address, name of culinary school and name of referring culinary instructor with entry

• Contest entries become property of Emmi Roth USA and may be used in marketing/public-relations activities.

• Entries must be the original work of the entrant, may not have won previous awards, may not have been published previously, and must not infringe third-party intellectual property or other rights.

• Entries must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with Roth Grand Cru in subject line.

PRIZES

• Grand Prize Winner receives $2,000 and one pass/registration plus two nights’ lodging in Chicago for the 2014 National Restaurant Association Show. (Note: Winner responsible for own travel expenses to/from Chicago; two nights’ lodging in Chicago must be between May 16 and 20, 2014, during National Restaurant Association Show; winner’s recipe may be featured at Emmi Roth USA’s trade show booth)

• Runner-up receives a Roth Cheese Gift Box valued at $150.00

• Referring instructor of the first- and second-place winners shall receive one (1) FREE registration to a 2014 CAFÉ conference or workshop

• Winning student(s) may be featured in a press release and/or Emmi Roth USA social media

HOW DO YOU WIN

Eligible recipe entries will be evaluated by a panel of Emmi Roth USA judges on creativity, novelty and/or uniqueness of application and flavor quality. Winners will be notified on or before March 21, 2014, via telephone and certified mail.

BONUS

Up to 50 free samples will be provided to first 50 instructor respondents to contest posting. Sample will include up to 12 ounces of Roth Grand Cru Original (two 6-ounce exact-weight cuts). Interested instructors should write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with name, title, school/institution, shipping address (no P.O. boxes), telephone number and email address. Samples will be shipped via UPS from Monroe, Wis. Please allow approximately two weeks for delivery of samples from response date. Samples only available for shipment in the 48 contiguous United States of America.

New England Culinary Institute Chef Instructor Andre Burnier to Be Inducted into Maîtres de Cuisine de France at 59th Annual General Assembly in March

Andre Burnier, chef instructor and senior core faculty member at New England Culinary Institute, has been chosen to join a select company of his peers in Las Vegas, Nev., this spring. 

Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, established in 1951 as l’Association des Maîtres-Queux, nominate chefs they have observed exhibiting the knowledge, skill and attitude worthy of consideration for induction into one of the world’s most prestigious culinary associations, whose mission is to preserve and spread the French culinary arts, encourage training in cuisine and assist professional development.

For the first time, the General Assembly of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France will be held in the United States, March 5-9, 2014. In addition, new members will be added to the Master Chef list with an induction ceremony. The l’Academie Culinaire de France will also host a special dinner to elect the woman of the year and reward one of its members with the Fauteuil de l’Academie for lifetime achievement.

With Burnier’s induction, New England Culinary Institute is the only culinary school in the United States with four Maîtres de Cuisine de France on staff. Burnier joins:

• Fran Voigt, founder, New England Culinary Institute; Maître Cuisinier de France Emeritus

• Michel Leborgne, founding chef, New England Culinary Institute; Maître Cuisinier de France

• Jean Louis Gerin, executive chef and vice president of culinary affairs; Maître Cuisinier de France

New England Culinary Institute, founded in 1980, is widely recognized for its innovative immersion style of education featuring small classes, hands-on learning and personal attention.  Its graduates are sought after the world over for their level of skill and preparation. For more information on New England Culinary Institute or its multi-award-winning restaurants, visit www.neci.edu or www.necidining.com.

CIA’s President Ryan One of 50 Most Powerful People in Restaurant Industry

Dr. Tim Ryan, CMC, president of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), has been chosen as one of the 50 most powerful people in the restaurant industry. The newly released Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) Power List recognizes the people who are leading and shaping the food world.

Ryan was honored in the category of “The Connectors: People who are bringing together ideas, talent, and funding in the restaurant industry.”

The profile of Ryan cites the curriculum innovation that has taken place at the college during his 12 years as president, as well as the creation of professional leadership conferences and the opening of two new campuses. “Ryan, not content to rest on the school’s reputation, has taken steps to keep the 67-year-old institution current,” writes NRN's Ed Rubenstein. “Even as the rise of the celebrity chef introduced new exposure and scrutiny to culinary schools, Ryan helped to solidify the CIA’s image as a proving ground for future foodservice leaders.”

“Recognition by such an outstanding publication as Nation’s Restaurant News testifies to the CIA’s many contributions to the advancement of the industry,” Ryan said. “The excellence of our college’s educational programs and industry conferences promote leadership and growth. We are proud of our continuing innovations, including new majors and concentrations that will further prepare CIA students to shape the future of cooking and the foodservice industry.”

Ryan is a 1977 graduate of the CIA. He has the unique background of being a Certified Master Chef and Culinary Olympic champion with an Ivy League degree, earning his doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been with the CIA since 1982, when he was recruited to serve on the faculty and to develop and run the college’s ground-breaking American Bounty Restaurant. He became the CIA’s fifth president in 2001.

Also named to the NRN list are fellow CIA graduates Steve Ells (’90) of Chipotle Mexican Grill and food-truck pioneer Roy Choi (’98).

U.S. Potato Board Releases International Mashed-Potato Menu Ideas

No other ingredient comes close to mashed potatoes in terms of versatility, ease of use and sheer crowd-pleasing potential. The U.S. Potato Board’s international team has developed a 14-page, full-color brochure—U.S. Mashed Potatoes, Endless Creativity, Instant Success—which shows the amazing variety of menu items that chefs from around the globe are making with standard potato flakes, standard potato granules and mashed-potato mixes.

From mashed-potato salads and sandwich fillings to main dishes such as lasagna, made with layered mashed potatoes, U.S. instant mashed potatoes are an ideal and economical platform for foodservice success. Once you see the innovative ideas from international markets, you’ll never look at a pan of mashed potatoes the same way again.

To download your free copy, visit http://www.potatogoodness.com/my-potatoes/professional-chefs/resources.

American Culinary Federation Marks the Beginning of Its New Vision with Global Launch of Updated Logo to Commemorate 85th Anniversary

The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF) marked the beginning of its new vision with the global launch of an updated logo to commemorate its 85th anniversary. ACF National President Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, unveiled ACF’s new logo on Jan. 6 via a video message at www.acfchefs.org/PresidentsVideoMessage.

The new ACF logo emphasizes the organization’s commitment to growth, transformation and innovation in the culinary industry while drawing on the legacy of the former logo. The tagline, “The Standard of Excellence for Chefs,” embodies the organization’s mission to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs.

“It’s an exciting time for ACF, and starting today we are on a new path to growth and global recognition,” said Macrina. “The new ACF logo creates a more cohesive look for stronger brand recognition uniting all entities of the organization, while drawing on the legacy of the former logo. As we take pride in our rich history, we also recognize the need to embrace change in order to continue to build a legacy for ACF and its members that is sustainable.”

The redesigned logo brings the chef to the forefront, which speaks to chefs in kitchens across North America and the organization’s more than 20,000 members. It continues the strong brand of ACF with the stars and stripes. The old script has been changed to a font representative of today, which provides a clean look. The flag, along with the logo’s blue and red colors, has been enhanced to better represent American cuisine.