ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter

President's Message

Fellow Culinarians, Associate Members, Culinary Students:

The February General meeting was again this year superceded by the now Annual celebration of the Chinese New Year, this year being The Year of the Monkey, at Harbor Palace Seafood Restaurant. Like last years’ event, this too, was an almost total sell out, special thanks must go out to our Sponsor David Coon and Anderson Dairy. From the welcome reception and throughout the dinner, we were fortunate enough to experience many classical dishes each served family style and which generated a level of pleasure and expressed joy that I haven’t seen in a considerable time. Thanks have to go out to Chef Ty again for taking the additional time needed to set-up the event and the undertake the extra necessary arrangements.

March 28th sees us at The Art Institute, situated on Corporate Circle off Green valley Parkway at I-215 in Henderson where we will have Chef Justin Hall as our presenter on Entrepreneurship and Restaurant Start-Ups. For those of you who don’t know Chef Hall, he worked for Comme Ca in California and the Cosmopolitan here in Las Vegas before becoming an Instructor at the Art Institute. He has just opened his own business (SLO-Boy) the inaugural pop-up concept at the Goodwich incubator kitchen on Las Vegas Boulevard for his Rustic American food concept. Knowing Chef Hall as I have done for a number of years, I promise you the presentation is bound to be enthralling.

At the recent Western Regional Culinary Competition in Reno, the Junior Hot Food Team of Edlyn Chan, Glenda Lapp, Martin Millan, Elsa Jenstad, Team Captain and Miya Williams led by Team Coach Chef Cheryl Lewis won ACF Junior Silver Medals for their efforts, while they were disappointed not having won the competition they were elated by the experience and very proud of their achievement. I hope you will join me in wishing Chef Lewis the very, very best at the Central and Western Regional Conference in Hawaii next month where she is one of two Western Regional Finalists for ACF Educator of the Year.

The next Poker Tournament is slated for Tuesday April 5th, as many of you already know we are now offering them on a monthly basis many thanks to Claude Lambertz and Frank Insera. Details remain the same throughout; Place - South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa / Poker Room, registration opens at 5:30 PM, Cards fly at 6:30 PM, Free Pizza, Free Drinks, and remember that you don't have to be a member to participate!!!! Looking to those future dates, they are: May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd, and September 6th.

Mark your Calendars / Save these dates as well !!!!!! - our Annual Picnic at Southwest Gas April 18th, - May 2nd for the Advisory Board Golf Tournament [this year at Angel Park], - May 7th the Chefs for Kids Auction (still looking for packages of any kind) at South Point, - May 23rd General Meeting at Lawry’s The Prime Rib, - June 12th our very own Chef of the Year Awards Celebration (also at South Point) and this year a little earlier in the season - June 27th “Friends and Family” Appreciation Night with the 51’s at Cashman Field. As you can see we have a very full agenda and we are looking forward to adding more (possibly even an ACF Practical Workshop and Certification Exam this late spring OR early summer as the opportunities arise.

Watch this website and Face Book Group page for announcements for all future events throughout the upcoming chapter calendar year.


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

Executive Committee and Board

Executive Committee

Philip Pinkney, CEC, AAC

Chris Johns
Vice President

Jamie Poltrock

David Simmons

George Bailey
Sergeant of Arms

Board of Directors

Tom Rosenberger, CEC

Michael Ty, CEC, AAC
Marc Ty
Daniel Ty
Adam Bruce

Michael Chen
Daniel Mumau
David Simmons


John A Rees III
Associate Advisory Board

Angela Armstrong
Junior Chapter President

Commitee Chairs

Michael Ty, CEC, AAC
By-laws Chair

Marc Ty
Daniel Ty
Membership Co-Chairs

Scholarship Chair

David Suppe
Certification Chair

Dale Shigenaga
Culinary Show Chair