ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter

President's Message

Fellow Culinarians, Associate Members, Culinary Students:

I first ask that you please forgive me for falling behind in my commitment to the composition of the monthly message but it has been a very, very busy time in both work and chapter activity.

I wish to give a belated public thanks to Chefs Ben Gries and Michael Bickford for preparing a fabulous holiday feast and hosting our annual Christmas Toy Drive on December 16th at Main Street Station. This was an extremely well supported event and speaking on behalf of Chefs For Kids, they could not more grateful for your generous donations for those children and family’s less fortunate over the holiday period. Thank you again one and all for your continued support for this wonderful cause.

I also want to thank Chef Boupha and his Catering and Buffet class for the wonderful experience we were afforded to those who attended the January General Meeting at LCB. We had another evening full of great information thanks to John McCarthy from Las Vegas Herbs on their new project offering fresh micro greens to local kitchens and Steve Cowan from Cowan and Sons Imports on their new line of knives. Our congratulations also goes to Leslie “Scott” Albrecht and Ruben Munoz for winning the random drawing held that evening, each for a one year professional membership, an award given to the chapter by the National Office as an acknowledgment for consistent annual renewals of professional memberships.

Frank and Claude announced they will be hosting our next Poker Tournament, March 3rd at South Point Hotel and Casino. This still continues to be a fun event for everyone who attends, free drinks and 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 those tables, the more folks who participate, the larger the “Pot”!!!!

Remember we are only one week away from the 24th Annual Chefs for Kids Dinner and Auction on Saturday February 21, 2015. Hopefully I'll see many of you there.

On the very same day, Chef Raymond Bar will be hosting on February 21st the free ACF Practical workshop followed by the actual practical test on April 25th both to be hosted by Le Cordon Bleu as we continue to promote these opportunities.

Let's not forget our February Monthly meeting, only a few days away, to be held at The Joyful House Chinese Restaurant at 4601 Spring Mountain Road where we will be celebrating the year of the Goat with a custom traditional menu. Special note: this meeting is going to be held on Monday, the 23rd!! Full menu and advance ticket sales available on our website.

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 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.

Be sure to check out the chapter's Facebook Page under ACF Chefs of Las Vegas and request to join. It is pretty active with assorted food news and titbits and as I continue say in these 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.

One idea that has been brought to the fore is the suggestion to move the General Meetings to Mondays starting in September, the thought is that many of the professional members would be better able to attend and increase our outreach efforts and grow the chapter. I will be bringing this subject to the floor in March when we meet at the Gold Coast, hosted by Chef Richard Cino, and will gladly welcome your input.


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
Michael Chen


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