ACF chefs name new president, chef of the year

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Sunday night, the American Culinary Federation Pikes Peak Chapter hosted its annual awards dinner, naming a chef of the year and new board, amidst other acknowledgments.  

The Warehouse hosted the occasion with a beautifully prepared four-course meal by chef James Africano and his staff. 

Former president, chef Peter Aiello, currently of the Doubletree hotel, was named both chef of the year and the new chairman of the board. 

Colorado Springs School District 11 chef Nathan Dirnberger became the incoming president, noting how the ACF is about "building relationships and empowering each other," beyond its distinguishing certification process.  

Dirnberger also says he's been talking with chef Brother Luck about bringing back the Knife Fight series (wherein local chefs call one another out to battle each other through rounds of secret ingredients), possibly to be hosted at The Warehouse. 

ACF members are also planning already for Saturday, May 14, and the next Culinary Passport event, which this year will benefit Colorado Springs Food Rescue

Here's some pics from last night's event:
Pikes Peak Community College instructor, chef Mark Painter, gifted an ice carving to the ACF dinner, suggestive of upcoming cooking battles between local chefs. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Pikes Peak Community College instructor, chef Mark Painter, gifted an ice carving to the ACF dinner, suggestive of upcoming cooking battles between local chefs.

Fantastic house-cured bacon and Carolina white shrimp  star with a cayenne-garlic broth as a first course. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Fantastic house-cured bacon and Carolina white shrimp star with a cayenne-garlic broth as a first course.

Chef Tyler Peoples of the Springs Rescue Mission hands off the trophy to current chef of the year, Peter Aiello. Peoples earned the honor last year. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Chef Tyler Peoples of the Springs Rescue Mission hands off the trophy to current chef of the year, Peter Aiello. Peoples earned the honor last year.


Butter poached lobster and asparagus and a pan seared steak enjoy a Colorado green chile hollandaise for the main course. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Butter poached lobster and asparagus and a pan seared steak enjoy a Colorado green chile hollandaise for the main course.

From left to right: ACF chefs Sigi Krauss, Peter Aiello, Matthew Richardson, Tyler Peoples, Nathan Dirnberger, Jacque Hamilton and Kathy Anderson. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • From left to right: ACF chefs Sigi Krauss, Peter Aiello, Matthew Richardson, Tyler Peoples, Nathan Dirnberger, Jacque Hamilton and Kathy Anderson.

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