ACF Culinary Team USA: Exploring the Wide World of Competition

ACF Culinary Team USA: Exploring the Wide World of Competition

By the American Culinary Federation

George Castaneda, CEC, was a familiar figure to many of those involved with the ACF Culinary Team USA before he became a member of the national team. We spoke with Castaneda — an executive chef for Sodexo Corporate Services’ Healthways World Headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, and an ACF Middle Tennessee Chapter Member — about his involvement with previous teams and how he went from assistant/apprentice to team member.

What inspired you to compete?

George Castaneda: I have always had a desire to learn and to stay current. To accomplish that, I needed an outlet to exercise my creativity. I found that competitions are a great source of information and networking, and this involvement provided me with the latest trends while making friends. One event inspired the next because I felt the need to get better and better.

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Foodable Network Partners With the American Culinary Federation, Launches New Foodable CREATE Program

Foodable Network Partners With the American Culinary Federation, Launches New Foodable CREATE Program

Foodable WebTV Network is excited to announce a recent partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), an 86-year-old organization dedicated to promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.

Foodable has been chosen to create custom video content around (and beyond) the ACF’s annual main event — the Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show, held July 30th-August 3rd in Orlando. The custom content package will entail on-location filming and in-house production of chef- and culinary-forward video content specifically created for the ACF. Additionally, FoodableTV.com will feature a section on its site showcasing some ACF competitions and chef stories, including footage at this year’s event.

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