The Tampa chapter of the American Culinary Federation is proud to announce that our chapter Secretary and fellow board member, Vanessa Marquis CEC, has been named to a position on Team USA to represent the US in two upcoming international culinary competitions. On only seven hours sleep, over a two day try-out period, Chef Vanessa prepared both a cold food display platter working with aspic gelatin and a three-course meal for a panel of four national judge Chefs traveling to the Tampa area for this competition. Late on the second day Chef Vanessa learned that her hard work and dedication had paid off as she will join Team USA to compete in both the World Cup in Luxembourg this November and again at the 2020 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. Upon the judges’ announcement chapter President, Rene Marquis CEC, shared “It’s a very high honor to be part of such an elite team of chefs. It’s also such an honor be part of this small team of chefs that most chefs in America don’t know about.”
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