Check out all that happened at the 2017 ACFLHC Awards Dinner on May 7th!

Congrats to Matt Moore, Executive Chef for Nemacolin Woodlands for being named the ACFLHC 2017 Chef of the Year!

Chef Moore (left) was given the highest award that ACFLHC presents. Cindy Komarinski nominated Chef Moore saying the following:


"I would like to nominate Chef Matt Moore from Nemacolin Woodlands as the ACF Laurel Highlands Chapter Chef of the Year. 

Chef Moore is an outstanding chef and mentor to aspiring culinarians and an inspiration to all in the culinary industry.  He continually recruits and hires individuals to join the ACF Laurel Highlands Chapter Apprenticeship Program which he supports as a Supervising Chef at Nemacolin Woodlands.  He hires at least 10 individuals a year and not only oversees their OJT, he meets with them regularly, takes them on numerous educational opportunities such as trips to the Chef's Garden, to the ACF Northeast Conference every year, and many many more activities.  He exhibits professionalism in all that he undertakes and exemplifies the criteria for ACF Laurel Highlands Chapter Chef of the Year.  It is without hesitation that I make this recommendation."

Congrats to Carol Baier, CC, for being presented with the 2017 ACFLHC President's Award!

Chapter President, Tim Fetter, was pleased to give Chef Baier her 2nd consecutive President's Award for always going above and beyond to serve the Chapter at any given time. Chef Baier is the first one to have her hand up anytime help is needed and is an extremely valuable asset to our organization.

Chef Manfred Sander, CEC, AAC was surprised by being presented with the Legacy Award!

Chef Manfred Sander was presented with the Legacy Award for his decades of service to the ACFLHC. He was one of the founding members in 1972 and has been involved ever since. He has served in some capacity almost the entire 45 years! He has let us know that this will be his last term on the Board of Directors and he is excited to make way for a younger generation of chefs to take over and help the chapter flourish. Congrats Chef Sander!

Check out all of the photos from the event below:

Thanks to Chef Sandro Marcato and his team for a wonderful dinner at Seven Springs Mountain Resort! Also a special thanks goes out to all of our awardees, attendees, and the Board of Directors for the planning of the dinner, as well as all that donated baskets for the Chinese raffle. Chef Moore has already agreed to host our Awards Dinner next year at Nemacolin Woodlands!

Important Dates

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings and seminars take place at Commisioner's Hall at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, PA.

July 9–13, 2017 - Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show, Orlando, Florida

August 29, 2017 - Board of Directors Conference Call
September 19, 2017 - Meeting or Dinner, TBD
October 17, 2017 - Meeting & 2018 Officer Elections, TBD

November 19, 2017 - Holiday Brunch, TBD
December 12, 2017 - Casual Dinner, TBD
January 16, 2018 - Board Meeting

February 20, 2018 - Meeting or Dinner, TBD
March 18, 2018 - Awards Dinner, TBD
April 17, 2018 - Meeting or Dinner, TBD
May 22, 2018 - Meeting or Dinner, TBD

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Laurel Highlands Chapter

145 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, PA 15697


Phone: 724-454-9951

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