ACF Midlands


The best hiring process is to promote from within. This not only creates goodwill within the operation, but also preserves the corporate culture and reduces training costs. However, the position that was vacated will also have to be filled, and the following are just some of the many suggestions for an effective hiring program. Adhering to these rules may be difficult because no one wants to be understaffed for very long, but patience will definitely pay off in the long run.

–Rule #1: Set specific times to accept applications

If you run a help wanted ad, state that applications will only be accepted at certain times on a few dates. It is much easier for staff to have applications and pens already waiting for the applicants than to constantly be called away to do this. Also, only those applicants who are truly interested in the position will make the effort to set aside time in their day to apply, as opposed to people who will come in at their own convenience.

–Rule #2: Conduct a phone interview

After screening the applications, conduct a phone interview with potential employees. The purpose of this interview is to answer basic questions, such as:… Continue reading


Recipe of the Month

Simple Recipes by David Grillo, CEC:

Honey Mustard

4 cups of Dukes Mayo (no substitutions)
1 cup of Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
1 cup of Honey
1 tsp of Sriracha (Huy Fong Brand. no substitutions)

Buffalo Wing Sauce

5 cups of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
½ LB of Un-Salted Butter (Plugra) very cold
Slowly heat ingredients & stir constantly until butter is blended with hot sauce

Cole Slaw Dressing

2 cups of Dukes Mayo (no substitutions)
1 cup of Sugar
1 cup of Cider Vinegar

Marinara Sauce

12 Roma tomatoes (oven roasted & pealed)
3 Cloves of Roasted Garlic
2 Tsp of EVOO
1 tbls of Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbls of Sugar
Salt to taste
¼ cup of Fresh Chiffonade Basil
Puree all ingredients (except for Basil)
Simmer until sauce thickens
Add fresh basil when completed

Recipe of the Month

Guinness® Corned Beef

Prep Time: 20 Min Cook Time: 2 Hrs 30 Min Ready In: 2 Hrs 50 Min

Original Recipe Yield 16 servings


· 4 pounds corned beef brisket
· 1 cup brown sugar
· 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Irish stout beer (e.g. Guinness®)


Preheat oven to 300… Continue reading

Junior Members

Junior Members

Junior Members Corner by Charlie Young

Kitchen Tips

Today’s tip is just a reminder to you but I have a little additional information that may be of some relief to some of you. As you know it is a MUST to wear your slip resistant shoes in the kitchen. This is for your own safety as well as a coworker you may stumble into while on your way down to the floor. Being on your feet a lot can become tiresome to you especially if you have or have had back and knee problems. Here is what I have found.

Many of you have seen and commented about the odd looking shoes I have been wearing for the past year that has a spring in the heel. I admit it was strange looking to me at first too. Having had both back and knee surgeries, I was very much interested in the benefits the shoes had to offer. I have been very much impressed with the results. To give you an idea as to how well they absorb the shock of your every footstep when walking, I bought a pedometer for myself. They use the jarring of each… Continue reading

Meeting Minutes 2005-2012

Meeting Minutes

Monday, November 5th, 2012 

Host: CIC, McCutchen House
Sponsor: CIC
Educational: Chef Adam Ballard, Sysco Foodservice, State of Beef
Call to Order: 7:15pm
Welcome from the President:
Pledge of Allegiance: Arie Shenkar
ACFMC Mission Statement:
Culinarian Code: Charlie Young
Treasurer’s Report: David Grillo
Secretary’s Report: Vinnie Livoti
Special Thanks to:
Chef Brian Hay and Chef Adam Ballard Tony Ranucci from Supreme Marketing who represents Dan’s Prize C.A.B. deli meats and St. Clair Salads

Chapter Items
• Great event at Rice Creek Elementary on October 24th, led by Chef Jeffery Quasha, CCA, CEC
• 2013-2015 Nominations made, President David Grillo, Vice President Jeffery Quasha, CCA, CEC, Treasurer John Lindower, Secretary Vacant, will install at January President’s dinner and announce in December newsletter
• Mike Kester , CEC, CCA, ACE, AAC to talk about new certifications
• Chef Grillo to discuss event for William Turner

New Chapter items
• Wednesday, November 7th, Chef and Child event, Jeffery Quasha
• Sunday, November 18th, Saluda Shoals Chairman Lighting, John Lindower
• Monday, December 3rd, ACF Christmas Party, Let’s Cook on Assembly

Dates to Remember:
• Sunday, November 18th, Saluda… Continue reading

October 3rd meeting Conquest Brewery

November 7th meeting TBD

November 20 Saluda Shoals Chairman's lighting

December 4th Sunday Holiday Party

January 29 President's Award Dinner