ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter

President's Message

Fellow Culinarians, Associate Members, Culinary Students:

Our October General Meeting was hosted by Chef David Simmons at Fabrizio Banquet Hall, 181 S. Main Street Las Vegas. The evening was sponsored by Paymon Raouf and Jason Terry of Las Vegas Spice, with food and raffle donations from AAA Restaurant Supplies, Sandi Boyer of Detail Food Services, Marie Callender's and Fredom Meats. Here we celebrated with a classic Oktoberfest feast crafted by Chef David with the able assistance of many of our Junior Members, a truly memorable evening rounded out with an insight into the amazing world of spices as seen through the eyes of our locally based Las Vegas Spice Company. Many thanks are well deserved by all who made this entire evening possible.

On November 7th, at The Art Institute of Las Vegas in Henderson, Chef Raymond Bar and his team of ACE judges conducted our most recent ACF Certification Practical Exam. We had three candidates scheduled and we are extremely pleased to announce that all three passed at their different levels of Certification. I strongly encourage you to plan ahead for a February or March free workshop and April practical testing at Le Cordon Bleu as we continue to promote these opportunities.

I would be remiss if I did not also mention that with generous donations and coordination by Greg Mengert of Acosta FoodService combined with the efforts of Chefs Kelly, Santor and McParland and many students of LCB (members and non-members alike,) Chef for Kids will be providing 72 complete Thanksgiving Meals for worthy families across the Valley this Holiday. I thought I would share information as it has long been a tradition that seems to have gone previously unrecognized.

Our loyal chapter members, Frank and Claude, hosted our latest Poker Tournament at South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa on November 3rd. This continues to be a fun event for everyone who attends, free drinks and pizza included in the price of play. What could be a better way to spend an evening among friends, don't forget those in attendance don't have to be ACF members. Spread the word, the more folks who participate, the larger the “Pot.” The next tournament has been scheduled for January 5th, 2016 and with the start of the New Year, starts the new format of hosting monthly tournaments!!!

A quick reminder - Chef Chris Johns would like you to know that you can bring your toys to either of the next general meeting at CSN, Cheyenne Campus, at Russell's Restaurant on Tuesday November 24th, rather than wait until December when the we will be conducting the annual Toy Drive event at Main Street Station. For those of you who are unaware, our annual visit to CSN is always a wonderful event and you an get opportunity to see a multitude of student seasonal and traditional presentations as they prepare for the Holidays.

Looking to the New Year, the Western Regional Culinary Competitions are going to be held in Reno on February 6th and 7th, where we have a Junior Hot Food Team competing, please join me in wishing them well. Early days yet but I thought I should share that we have the Junior Hot Food Team Coach, Chef Cheryl Lewis has been chosen as a Semi-Finalist for Western Regional Educator of the Year 2016. Join me in wishing her Good Luck when the winner is announced on April 5th in Hawaii.

Be sure to check out the chapters Face book page under ACF Chefs Las Vegas and request to join. It stays pretty active and has grown to 108 members and participants. You will see it is continually always being up-dated with assorted food news and tidbits. As I continue say in these Presidents messages, the board is always looking for ways to better 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
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