A “once in a lifetime” dining experience was recently held at the Ft. Harrison Hotel in downtown Clearwater. American Culinary Federation “Team USA” held a dinner to hone their skills for the upcoming “Culinary Olympics”. This was possible with the support of Tampa chapter members, the Ft. Harrison Hotel, their staff and participating vendors. Dinner guests enjoyed a multi-course dinner and induction ceremony of a new member of the “Chaine des Rotisseurs” – http://www.southeastchaine.org/ – southeast chapter. The evening culminated with a check for $257,000 presented to Team USA by the Tampa ACF Chapter to support the team as they practice and eventually travel to Erfurt, Germany in November to participate in the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) known to many as the “Culinary Olympics”. At the conclusion of the evenings’ festivities Tampa ACF Chapter President shared with the guests that, “This evening is all about raising funds for Team USA so they may Go for Gold!”
Gerald Ford – Team Captain, Geoffrey Lanez, Paul Kampf, Andrew Corrao, Kelsee Newman, Jesus Olmedo and Thomas Haggerty.
Reimund Pitz – Manager, Kevin Storm – Asst. Mgr., Patricia Nash – Pastry Mgr., Raimund Hofmeister – Advisor, John Coletta – Advisor, Michael Ty-Business Mgr. and Rene Marquis -Military Advisor and Tampa ACF Chapter President
About the American Culinary Federation Team USA:
About the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter:
Our chapter’s purpose is the advancement of the culinary profession and culinary awareness through education and certification of the membership and close interaction with other local organizations. The chapter membership is composed of chefs, cooks, culinary educators, students, and purveyors from Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas Counties and the surrounding metro area. Our chapter supports education of local area students seeking careers in the hospitality industry through our charitable and scholarship events.
Tim Nicholson, Membership Chair