ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter

President's Message

Fellow Culinarians, Associate Members, Culinary Students:

Our first meeting of the season was quite honestly fabulous; Chefs Bailey and Johns from South Point Hotel and Casino and Chef Yoyi from Shimonish Restaurant did an amazing job with the room and food. Our presenters from Dilmah Teas and Bols started us off with an interesting and thought provoking presentation on single origin Ceylon teas and Belgium Liqueurs, truly a great start to our new cycle.

On October 25th, at The Art Institute of Las Vegas in Henderson, Chef Raymond Bar and his team of ACE judges will be conducting the second and final ACF Certification Practical Exam of 2014. We have three candidates scheduled to take the exam; Chefs Alex Ze, Laura Pedreiro and Marc Sandoval. I strongly encourage you to stop by, the exam starts at 7 AM, and support these chefs who are looking to their professional development and are willing to put their skill set on the line to become better chefs while recognizing the value of ACF Certification. Look for another workshop and practical testing in February or March 2015 as we continue to promote these opportunities.

Speaking of support; Frank and Claude are hosting our 5th Fundraiser Poker Tournament at South Point Hotel and Casino. This continues to be a fun event for everyone who attends, free drinks and I believe 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 five tables, the more folks who participate, the larger the “Pot.”

Chef Chris Johns would like you to know that you can bring your toys to either of the next two general meetings rather than wait until December when the we conduct the annual donation event. Speaking of Chefs for Kids, remember the upcoming breakfast at Whitney (Thursday, October 30th) your support is always welcome, and “Save the Date" for the 24th Annual Chefs for Kids Dinner and Auction (Saturday, February 21, 2015.)

Looking to the New Year, the Western Regional competitions are going to be held here in Las Vegas at College of Southern Nevada (CSN), on March 20th and 21st. Early days, yet but there will be plenty of opportunities to assist in carrying out this event and hopefully to support our Student of the Year Nominee, Jason Isaacs.

For our next general meeting, we have planned our first fun night out for Friends and Family at The Sport Center of Las Vegas at 121 E. Sunset on October 28th, our host JB has food, fun and games for everyone. Check the website for complete details.

As I continually say in these messages, your board is always looking for ways to engage the chapter as a whole and we look to you as members for ideas, suggestions and volunteerism to spread the word to help the chapter to grow and become more recognized as an active force in the community.


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


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