ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter

President's Message

Fellow Culinarians, Associate Members, Culinary Students:

It is with great pleasure I announce that the celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Goat, at The Joyful House Chinese Restaurant was a near sell-out event. Chef Michael Whitesides reported that there was a great sense of camaraderie and fellowship certainly enhanced by the family style setting and service. Our sincere thanks go out to Chefs George Bailey and Michael Ty for their efforts in making this happen!

The Western Regional competitions are being held at (CSN) the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus on March 20th and 21st. Chef Jill Mora has again worked very diligently with her team to bring this together, I strongly suggest and encourage anyone looking to compete in future competitions to stop by to support those competing as they hone their skills. Winners go onto compete at the National Convention in July in Orlando.

April is another full month of Chapter activities. On the 21st, Lorri at Southwest Gas has arranged a smoking demonstration as part of our BBQ and general meeting. Historically this has been a wonderful evening with the weather being near perfect, what a better way to enjoy BBQ. Chef Bar is conducting the ACF Practical Exam at Le Cordon Bleu on April 25th. To participate you have to register through the National Office. Finally on the 27th, the Advisory Board will be hosting the Annual Golf Tournament at the Legacy Golf Course in Henderson. This event generates most of our general funding to support our many activities. It is well worth your full support.

May 5th is the next date for our Poker Tournament at South Point Hotel and Casino. This still continues to be a fun event for everyone who attends, free drinks and pizza!!!! What could be a better way to spend an evening among friends and don't forget those in attendance don't have to be ACF members. Spread the word and let's fill those tables, the more folks who participate, the larger the “Pot”!!!!

May 26th takes us to Lawry's The Prime Rib on Howard Hughes Parkway and hosted by Chef David Simmons for the May general meeting, that I would anticipate to be another memorable evening.

I am also pleased to announce that the date and venue for the Chef of the Year Dinner and awards has finally been set - Sunday June 7th at South Point Hotel and Casino so save that date!!!!! There are still some details to be decided but watch the calendar of events on this website as they emerge.

My continuing reminder - check out the chapters Face book page under ACF Chefs of Las Vegas and request to join. It is very active with assorted food news and titbits.

One idea that has been brought to the fore is the suggestion to move the General Meetings to Mondays starting in September. The thought is that many of the professional members would be better able to attend and increase our outreach efforts and grow the chapter. I will be bringing this subject to the floor when we meet at the Gold Coast on March 24th, hosted by Chef Richard Cino and will gladly welcome your input. In addition, during the business session of the meeting we will also be accepting the last nominations for Chef of the Year from the floor. Let's hear from you as to who you deem to be worthy this award and of your vote.


Chef Philip Pinkney, CEC, CCE, AAC
ACF Chefs of Las Vegas

Executive Committee and Board

Executive Committee

Philip Pinkney, CEC, AAC

Mike Whitesides
Vice President

Adrian Hill, CEC

Steve Soltz, CHE

George Bailey
Sergeant of Arms

Board of Directors

Tom Rosenberger, CEC

Michael Ty, CEC, AAC
Lucio Arancibia
Claude Lambertz

Tina Guthrie
Michael Chen


John A Rees III
Associate Advisory Board

Xelyna Rodriquez
Junior Chapter President

Commitee Chairs

Michael Ty, CEC, AAC
By-laws Chair

Tina Guthrie
Membership Chair

Lucio Arancibia
Scholarship Chair

Raymond Bar
Certification Chair

Dale Shigenaga
Culinary Show Chair