2016 ACF-Atlanta Chefs Association Award Winners

Prez Gala 1On February 1, 2016 the ACF - Atlanta Chefs Association hosted the 2016 President’s Gala and Casino Night at the I Luv Bowling Ballroom where chapter members, vendors and community volunteers are recognized for their service to the Chapter.

This year’s gala attendees enjoyed the flavors of Linda Nguyen’s taco station, BlueFrog Foods barbeque station, Imperial Fez Moroccan station, and Pittypat’s iconic peach cobbler and bread pudding topped with Leonardo’s ice cream. Attendees ranged from chefs, cooks, pastry chefs and bakers, culinary instructors, culinary students and industry leaders from some of the largest food companies in Atlanta. The awards portion of the evening began by honoring Chapter Partners for their continued support of our organization and chefs followed by individual recognition of the Chapter’s 2015 outstanding culinarians.

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Introducing the Winners

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Chef of the Year – Curtis Hicks, CEC

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Pastry Chef of the Year – Paul Bodrogi, CEPC – Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta

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Educator of the Year – Ken Celmer, CFBE, MAeD – Art Institute of Atlanta

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Humanitarian of the Year – Kareen Linton, CC – Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta

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Vendor of the Year – La Chiquita Tortilla

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Presidential Award of the Year
Brian Boldt – Kroger

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Presidential Award of the Year
Tony Schmidt – Performance Foodservice

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    Introducing the Winners

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    Chef of the Year – Curtis Hicks, CEC

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    Pastry Chef of the Year – Paul Bodrogi, CEPC – Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta

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    Educator of the Year – Ken Celmer, CFBE, MAeD – Art Institute of Atlanta

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    Humanitarian of the Year – Kareen Linton, CC – Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta

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    Vendor of the Year – La Chiquita Tortilla

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    Brian Boldt – Kroger

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    Tony Schmidt – Performance Foodservice

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Recipients of the 2015 Chapter awards are:

  • Chef of the Year – Curtis Hicks, CEC
  • Pastry Chef of the Year – Paul Bodrogi, CEPC – Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta
  • Educator of the Year – Ken Celmer, CFBE, MAeD – Art Institute of Atlanta
  • Student Culinarian of the Year – Marilynn Wells – Art Institute of Atlanta
  • Humanitarian of the Year – Kareen Linton, CC – Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta
  • Vendor of the Year – La Chiquita Tortilla
  • Presidential Award of the Year
    • Brian Boldt – Kroger
    • Tony Schmidt – Performance Foodservice

The ACF - Atlanta Chefs Association would like to thank all the wonderful chapter members, vendors and purveyors who give their support and make this ACF chapter the best in the country. Without you, we could not offer an organization where chefs can network, grow in the culinary industry, and impact the communities of Atlanta as we do. Working together we can accomplish much and help make Atlanta one of the country’s top culinary leaders.