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Casting:  Pressure Cooker
FYI Network is looking for teams of two (amazing chefs & their favorite partner) to compete.
For more info click here. 

Casting:  Chefs & Professional Cooks!
Food Network's new hit show, Guy's Grocery Games, is giving you the chance to win up to $20,000.
For more info click here.

TRA Marketplace - Houston, Texas June 22-23, 2014
TRA Marketplace will be held in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. 
For more info click here. 

TCA State Convention - Waco, Texas July 18-20, 2014
Save the Date

ACF National Convention - Kansas City, Missouri July 25-29, 2014
For more information go to ACF website by clicking here.

2014 Culinary Competition - Orlando, Florida September 7-9, 2014
Information regarding the upcoming 2014 Culinary Competitions at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Show in Orlando, FL on September 7, 8, and 9, 2014 has been added to the website.  There is over $50,000 in cash prizes to be won in these competitions.  Check out the website for more information.

Farm to Chef Austin Student Competition - September 27, 2014
Sample delicious and nutritious sustainable food prepared by area culinary students and meet local farmers and ranchers at the inaugural Farm to Chef Austin Student culinary competition on Saturday, September 27, from 7-11 pm at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts at the Domain.  For more info. click here.

2nd Annual Chef's Picnic - Rio Grande Valley Chapter - October 5, 2014
Date subject to change and location to be determined.

Chillin' (Chili Cook-off) & Grillin' (Chefs on Fire) - Dallas Chapter - October 12, 2014
For more information contact Quentin Layne at 972.467.5946 or email

Mushroom Festival - Brazos Valley Chapter - October 17-18, 2014
Mushroom Festival will be held in Madisonville, Texas.  For more information contact Alphonso Gonzalez at

Butterfly Festival - Rio Grande Valley Chapter - Nov 1-Nov.3, 2014.
For more information contact chapter director, Santiago De La Cruz at

Treats of Christmas - Dallas Chapter - December 20, 2014

For more information contact Quentin Layne at 972.467.5946 or email

Houston Chapter Chef's Ball - Saturday, February 7, 2015, 6 pm.  More details to follow.

AllerTrain provides training in food allergy and gluten-free safety.  This is a certified training class, approved by the American Culinary Federation for 11.0 continuing education hours.  For more info on AllerTrain and contact information click pdf.  Please visit website at
For more information call 888.767.6368 or email 



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American Academy of Chefs

Are you a hardworking, dedicated and qualified chef?  Why not join the Honor Society of the American Culinary Federation, American Academy of Chefs.  The primary mission of the AAC is to promote the education of all culinarians by mentoring culinarians, awarding scholarships to students seeking a future in the culinary industry and by providing grants to professional working chefs looking to futher their career. 
Learn more about the AAC.

Becoming Certified
Learn more about certification
Certification Powerpoint

Director's Templates
Meeting Roster
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Expense Report
Vendor Product Donation Request
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TCA Scholarships
TCA has scholarships available to members who qualify
   1st Time attendee to TCA Convention
   Certification Reimbursement
   Chef's Relief-Relief fund provided to members in good standing in the event of a personal emergency.  Requests are to made to chapter director  in writing.

Membership Applications
Become a member
Membership Applications:
   ACF/TCA membership application
   TCA only membership application




June Members:
Madalyn Evers - East Texas Chapter - ACF Jr. Cul
Armando Cardenas - Houston Chapter - Prof Cul
Roni Lewis - Fort Worth Chapter - Stu Cul
Richard Gomez - San Antonio Chapter - Cul
Lateisha Hayes - Dallas - Stu Cul
Johnathan Taylor Sr. - Dallas - Cul
James Jordan CEPC, CCA - San Antonio - Prof Cul
Jessica Dooley - Fort Worth Chapter - ACF Jr. Cul
Barbie Loftis - Houston Chapter - Stu Cul
Andrew Gibbons-Ramirez - Heart of Texas Chapter - Stu Cul
Kyle Krueger - Dallas Chapter - Prof Cul
David Obar - Dallas Chapter - Stu Cul
TCA Jr. Culinarians from Skyline High School:
Martha Castro, Raul Garza, Quotenia Lewis, Debbie Tellez, Marlena Elliott,
Kevin Rosillo, David Ojeda and Esmeralda Montoya

May Members:
Madelyn Collins - Dallas Chapter - TCA Chef
Daniel Villegas - Dallas Chapter - Stu Cul
Alexandria White - Dallas Chapter - Stu Cul
Roberto Hernandez - Heart of Texas Chapter - Stu Cul
Ashlee Walton - Heart of Texas Chapter - Stu Cul
Paola Chamberlain - Rio Grande Valley Chapter - Stu Cul
Christina Kana - Houston Chapter - Stu Cul
Michael Schuster - Houston Chapter - Prof Cul
Joe Pierzchajlo - Houston Chapter - Prof Cul
Dean Sprague - Corpus Christi Chapter - Prof Cul

 Certified Culinary Specialist

 There is a certification program for High School Hospitality and Culinary Arts Students.  For more information click here for brochure, page 1 & page 2.  The program is associated with Texas Restaurant Association Pro Start.  For more information about TRA Pro Start click here.

 Publications of Interest

 Web sites of Interest
100 Magnificent Sites for chefs, visit
List your restaurant free
Global Food Safety Resource
Learn more about colleges and University Food Service, visit National Association of College & Univ Food Service at
For food and beverage specialist who like to think out of the box visit 
Ultimate online tool for culinary professionals visit
 Go Texan

GO TEXAN has a new program for restaurants with lots of benefits.

Check it out at


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