The Tampa chapter of the American Culinary Federation is proud to announce their 2018 Student Scholarship Award was presented to Gianna Rivera of Bloomingdale High School at their May meeting. Miss Rivera has twice won the “Fresh from Florida” student culinary competition and is reigning Florida state champion. To be eligible students must be a member in good standing, attended or participated in a minimum of six (6) chapter functions in a year, submit a 500 word essay and have been accepted into a college level culinary program. Miss Rivera will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York beginning this summer. She credits her instructors and chapter Chefs with the inspiration to attend “the Harvard of culinary schools.” Chapter President Rene Marquis at the presentation ceremony stated, “This scholarship is important to me and our chapter because we are investing in our future. These will be the next and upcoming members in 20 years or so running our ACF Chapters.”
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 primary local outreach program is the ACF Educational Foundation’s Chef & Child Initiative, an ongoing program whereby our chapter chefs educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition by providing tools and resources for community-based programs led by American Culinary Federation chef members.
About the American Culinary Federation:
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. is a professional, not-for-profit organization for chefs and cooks. It was founded in 1929 in New York City by three Chefs organizations: the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs Association of America. The principle goal of the founding chefs remains true to the ACF today – to promote the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education among culinarians at all levels, from apprentices to the most accomplished Certified Master Chefs. Successful culinarians know the value of belonging to the oldest and largest organization of chefs and cooks in the United States.
Contact for Information:
Tampa Chapter American Culinary Federation
Tim Nicholson, Membership Chairman