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CAFE Update February 14, 2018

16 February 2018

Instructor and Program Awards

There are four great awards sponsored through CAFE to recognize outstanding individuals and programs.

Deadline for submission is April 1, 2018.

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Thanks to Sysco for sponsoring the Educator of the Year Award for 2018! This award is open to secondary and postsecondary educators as well as culinary educators working within the non-profit training sector. There will be two awards given.

Deadline for the award application is April 1, 2018. Winners will be notified no later than May 1, 2018 and will each receive $1,500 as well as a complimentary registration to the CAFE Leadership Conference, June 14-16, 2018, in Milwaukee.

Click here for guidelines on the application process.

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CAFE is proud to be partnering with the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) once again as they sponsor the Innovation Award for 2018.

This award recognizes educators at both the secondary and postsecondary levels who have shown to be innovative in their approaches to effective culinary arts education.

In 2018 the emphasis will be on how these educational programs bring in real-life experiences so that their students and graduates are more prepared to translate and adapt their classroom training to the needs of industry.

The award will be available to a postsecondary program (and runner up if applicable) and a secondary program (and runner up if applicable). Winners will receive a check for $1,000 each and runners-up will receive a check for $500 each. All two (or four) will receive complimentary registrations to the 2018 CAFE Leadership Conference. (Hotel and travel are not covered).

Click here for guidelines on the application process.



Green Award: Recognizes culinary programs that promote and incorporate sustainability efforts as part of their curriculum and operations.

Food Entrepreneurship Award: Identifies culinary programs that either 1) teach or encourage entrepreneurship in their programming or 2) implement revenue-generation and cost-savings into their operations.

Winner for each award will receive a $1000 award and a plaque to honor their achievement in addition to a complimentary registration to the CAFE Leadership Conference, June 14-16, 2018 in Milwaukee.

Click here for guidelines on the application process.

NOTE: Winners (or their designees) must be present in Milwaukee to receive their recognition.

Hotel and travel costs are not covered in these prizes. Checks will be given to winners, along with plaques.


February 25-27, 2018
ACF Chef Connect, Charlotte, NC

March 2-4, 2018
6th Annual Deans and Directors Retreat, San Antonio, TX

March 18-20, 2018
ACF Chef Connect, Newport Beach, CA

March 30, 2018
Deadline for Green Award and Food Entrepreneurship Award

April 1, 2018
Deadline for IPC Innovation Award and Educator of the Year Award

June 14-16, 2018
14th Annual CAFE Leadership Conference, Milwaukee, WI

July 15-19, 2018
ACF Cook.Craft.Create, New Orleans, LA