ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter

President's Message

Fellow Culinarians, Associate Members, Culinary Students:

I want to open by saying “Welcome Back” and hope you had a great and fun-filled summer, I'm sure for many you must feel it's been a long time since we last met as a chapter. Your board has been meeting regularly and we are looking forward to sharing some new offerings that involve you and your family.

First, I wish to thank Chef Raymond Bar and his team of ACE judges for leading the ACF Certification Practical Workshop this last weekend, preparing those looking to be certified and advancing their professional development. Actual testing takes place at The Art Institute on October 25th.

Our first meeting of the season is scheduled for September 30th at South Point Hotel and Casino. Through Chef Ty and Chef Bailey we are able to offer a education forum with Dilmah Teas and Bols to start us off with an interesting and thought provoking presentation.

Chef Chris Johns would like you to know that you can bring your toys to any of the next three general meetings rather than wait until December when we conduct the annual toy donation event. Speaking of Chefs for Kids, remember the upcoming Breakfast at Robert Taylor, Thursday, October 9th, and the Golf Tournament, Sunday, October 12th.

I am also very pleased to announce the chapter has nominees for both ACF Student of the Year and USA Chef of the Year, as the Western Regional competitions are being held here in Las Vegas at (CSN) College of Southern Nevada on March 20th and 21st.

Our Student of the Year is nominee Jason Isaacs, a recent graduate of CSN and currently working at The Cromwell. Jason has not only competed as a team member for CSN Hot Food team but won an individual medal at CaterSource.

Our nominee for USA Chef of the Year is Chef Michael Chen, most recently Executive Chef for Yellow Tail, he is also an ACF medal winner, one bronze and two silvers to his credit. I'm sure, along with me, you will offer your support and best wishes as these candidates move forward through the first stages of their application.

Hopefully, you feel as proud as I do with the direction in which the chapter is moving and the multiple activities in which we are involved, as I stated earlier in this message, the board is 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