St. Augustine, Fla., March 3, 2017—Dan Boman, CEPC, chef instructor, Art Institute of Phoenix, was named 2017 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Western Region Pastry Chef of the Year at the ACF Central and Western Region Culinary Salon held at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois.
Dan Boman third from left at the award ceremony
Boman received a silver medal for his warm chocolate almond cake, lemon creme fraiche ice cream, passion curd and manqo saffron sauce. Boman will compete against his regional counterparts during Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show, Orlando, July 9-13, for the national title and $5,000 cash prize.
The ACF Pastry Chef of the Year award, sponsored by Plugra® European Style Butter, recognizes a pastry chef who displays a passion for the craft, has an accomplished reputation in the pastry field and has helped educate others by sharing skills and knowledge.
“It is an honor and a great responsibility to be representing ACF West. It would be especially meaningful to me as a Pastry and Baking instructor to compete at the national level and bring home the gold medal,” said Boman. “My future plans are to use this experience to encourage and coach students enrolled in the pastry program to compete at regional as well national ACF events.”
Boman is currently a chef instructor at the Art Institute of Phoenix. Previously, Boman was a chef instructor at the Classic Cooking Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona; chef instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona; and executive pastry chef at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. An avid competitor, Boman has competed in multiple culinary competitions, earning Best Chocolate Showpiece in the National Team Pastry Championship in 2009. Boman is a graduate of The Restaurant School, Philadelphia, and is a member of the ACF Chefs Association of Arizona, Inc.
ACF Regional Culinary Salon Competitions are a part of ACF’s Signature Series, which provides educational and networking opportunities through ChefConnect events and competitions for culinary industry professionals and students. ACF believes that culinary competitions play a vital role in the development of the culinary craft by testing chefs’ and students’ knowledge and skills in a competitive format. Visit ACF’s Flickr page to view competition photos. To learn more about ACF competitions, eligibility and rules, visit www.acfchefs.org/competitions.
Article Hat Tip: Vera Dinshaw Springett via Parsis Exchange Recipe Facebook Group
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