Chef:Connect Atlanta, a culinary conference for chefs in the Northeast and Southeast regions, will be held at Hyatt Regency Atlanta from March 13-15. The conference is part of American Culinary Federation (ACF’s) Signature Series, which provides educational and networking opportunities for culinary industry professionals and students. Topics will highlight culinary trends for 2016 and include discussions on food pairings, beef trends, Southern cooking, French pastry techniques, molecular gastronomy, and more.
Additionally, eight student teams will compete in the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers. The knowledge bowl is a jeopardy-style culinary competition that includes questions on culinary, baking, nutrition, sanitation and math. The winning team from each region will travel to Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show, Phoenix from July 15-19, to compete for the national title.
The 2016 ChefConnect: Atlanta will feature chef and culinary experts discussing and teaching current foodservice trends and culinary techniques through educational seminars, hands-on workshops and demonstrations. Local Atlanta chefs and James Beard award winners, Hugh Acheson and Linton Hopkins, are the featured speakers for the conference.
Here is a snapshot of the schedule:
1:30-5 p.m.: Eight student teams compete in a jeopardy-style culinary competition in the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers and Vitamix.
2-3 p.m.: Gain insight into French Pastry Techniques using Plugrá European-Style Butter with Patrice Caillot, pastry chef instructor, The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago.
2-3 p.m.: Learn how exposing students to the science of food can lead to creativity and a better understanding of culinary fundamentals at Molecular Gastronomy and Technology in the Classroom withDavid Campbell, CCC, CCE, chef instructor, State University of New York at Cobleskill, New York.
2-3 p.m.: Join Sara Hill, culinary manager, cheese education, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Madison, Wisconsin, and Jane Nickles, director of education, Society of Wine Educators, Washington, D.C., at Principles of Wine & Cheese Pairing to explore flavors and complexities of wine and cheese.
3:15-4:15 p.m.: Certified Master Chefs demonstrate and discuss several popular dishes of Thailand and Vietnam during The Gastronomy of Southeast Asia, presented by Thomas Griffiths, CMC, global vice president, Campbell's Culinary & Baking Institute, Campbell Soup Company, Camden, New Jersey, and Steve Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC, corporate executive chef, Unilever Food Solutions, Lisle, Illinois.
3:15-4:15 p.m.: Join Dave Zino, executive chef, National Cattleman's Beef Association, Centennial, Colorado, as he examines the beef trends that should be on the minds and in the kitchens of today's progressive chefs during Trends Come and Go - Beef is Here to Stay.
5-6 p.m.: Wook Kang, CEC, assistant professor/culinary instructor, Culinary Department, Kendall College, Chicago, will demonstrate the techniques of Korean-inspired fermentation and the role it can have in modern cuisine during Flavors of Kimchi.
10-11 a.m.: Take a journey through Southern history and heritage by learning the secrets of perfect Southern Biscuit Making with Denny Trantham, CEC, CCA, division chef and culinary consultant, US Foods, Fort Mill, South Carolina. Attendees will review various applications along with a variety of fresh jams and whipped butters to accompany this rich Southern tradition.
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: From savory breakfast samosas to a unique twist on paella, attendees will. explore and taste how turkey creates the perfect canvas for today's flavor profiles during Authentic Global Flavors Across Courses with Asha Gomez, chef/entrepreneur, Spice to Table, Atlanta.
2:15-3:15 p.m.: Eat the Enemy: Cooking with Invasive Lionfish demonstrates how to utilize this invasive species in recipes that use grouper and snapper, presented by Gary Klinefelter, CEC, executive chef, Diplomat Prime, Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, and Anton Doos, III, CEC, instructor/executive chef, The Virgin Islands Department of Education, Christiansted, St. Croix.
3:45-4:45 p.m.: Join Ray Farmer, CEC, executive vice president of sales and production, Halpern's Purveyors of Steak and Seafood, Atlanta, for Innovative Beef Cuts, to learn new twists and cutting methods in beef butchery, including Times Square strips, standing rib chops, château wings, tenderloin sizzlers, and at least 15 different ways to use short ribs.
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