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The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) serves Philadelphia and the five surrounding counties and has over 200 chefs, sous chefs, cooks and apprentices as members. ACF is a professional organization for chefs and cooks, founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs’ organizations: the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America.
The organization promotes the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels. ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation designed to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs and pastry chefs. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States.
ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and combat childhood obesity.
The Philadelphia Chapter is represented by Chefs Michael McCombe and Dan D’Angelo.
Chef Michael McCombe
Culinary Instructor and Education Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the ACF
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Chef McCombe holds a Bachelors Equivalency Certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and a Vocational Teaching Certificate from Temple University. He has over 34 years of experience in the hospitality industry working in both management and chef positions at prestigious resort hotels, restaurants, country clubs, catering establishments and foodservice companies. He is a member of the American Culinary Federation Philadelphia Chapter and he mentors and advises students at a variety of institutions and youth programs. He is a recipient of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Tree of Life Outstanding Educator Award and was selected as Pennsylvania’s Outstanding New Vocational Teacher by the Pennsylvania Vocational Association.
Chef Dan D’Angelo
Culinary Instructor and President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the ACF
Chef Dan D’Angelo is a native of Philadelphia whose family was in the restaurant business for 45 years. The business started in 1960 from a steak and hoagie shop and grew to become a full restaurant and bar. The business was so successful that the family started a catering business in 1986. Chef D’Angelo went to Widener University for hotel restaurant management, then attended the Culinary Institute of America. He then worked with Chef Angelo Romano of the Jefferson House Restaurant in Norristown, PA. In 1993, Chef D’Angelo began teaching at The Community College of Philadelphia, then after four years, moved to the Art Institute of Philadelphia, while also working in the family business. Chef D’Angelo serves as the President of the Philadelphia Chapter.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Historic Strawbridge Building
8th and Market Streets