ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter

President's Message

Fellow Culinarians, Associate Members, Culinary Students:

I hope every single one of you had a wonderful summer!!! September starts the Chapters' new season of General Meetings and events for our “New Year."

Let's not forget the wonderful evening had by so many that took us up on the offer of the Membership Appreciation Summer Picnic, held at Cashman Field on August 31st. It was the most perfect evening to be out amongst friends and family, relaxing and enjoying the game. Thank you, Chef Michael Ty, for spearheading the arrangements and we look forward to planning and hosting a similar event next summer.

Chef Simmons, as the new 2015 Chef of the Year for ACF Chefs Las Vegas, has been working with Chef George Bailey making arrangements for the General Meetings, our first being at Chayo Mexican Restaurant, Linq Hotel and Casino on September 28th. The rest of the year is tentatively mapped out and once confirmed will be posted to the website with as much detail as possible available at that time.

Three things of immediate note would be the Chefs for Kids 5th Annual Golf Tournament on October 5th, the free Certification Workshop was on September 19th which was last Saturday and will be followed by the ACF Practical Exam on November 7th. Both are being hosted by the Art Institute in Henderson and more details are posted to our website. The third and final would be the next Poker Tournament, Tuesday, November 3rd hosted by Claude Lambertz and Frank Insera at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

I want to take a moment of your time to remind you at our September meeting we open the floor to nominations from the membership for all the Chapter's Officers having served their two (2) year term, and three (3) of six (6) Board Member seats. All your officers (including myself) are eligible for a second term. We have one open board seat; Chef Michael Chen is eligible for a second four (4) year term and Chef Claude Lambertz retires from the Board after many, many years of dedicated service to the chapter.

Additional nominations will be taken from the floor in October. Candidate presentations are scheduled for the November Meeting, immediately followed by ballots being mailed which will include each candidates statement of intent concerning what they are going to contribute to the chapter's growth. Results will be announced in December, at the Chefs for Kids Annual Toy Drive.

As current Chapter President, I sincerely ask that those who accept nomination for an elected position understand that each position has responsibilities as outlined in the ACFLV Chapter Hand Book starting on page seven (7). We need dedicated leaders who want to make a positive impact so I have inserted a link to the Handbook for your convenience.

As I continually write, we as a chapter have a very positive future ahead of us, but continue to look to those who are still on the sidelines to step up and support the ACF Chefs Las Vegas. We need each and every member to participate. Only through everybody’s commitment and personal involvement will we be able to secure the future of the chapter and expand our community involvement. Watch this website and look for announcements through your email in-box for future events as we establish meeting dates and events throughout the chapter calendar year.


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
Claude Lambertz

Michael Chen
David Simmons


John A Rees III
Associate Advisory Board

Angela Armstrong
Junior Chapter President

Commitee Chairs

Michael Ty, CEC, AAC
By-laws Chair

Membership Chair

Scholarship Chair

Certification Chair

Dale Shigenaga
Culinary Show Chair