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Pittsburgh Educator Maureen Costello-Garfolo, CEC, CCE, Receives 2010 ACF Northeast Region Chef Educator of the Year Award

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 16, 2010 — Maureen Costello-Garfolo, CEC, CCE, of Pittsburgh, received the 2010 American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF) Northeast Region Chef Educator of the Year award at the 2010 ACF Northeast Regional Conference held at Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pa., March 13-15. Costello-Garfolo is an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh (formerly Pennsylvania Culinary Institute), Pittsburgh.

The 2010 ACF Northeast Region Chef Educator of the Year award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have given culinary students leadership and guidance for the future. As this year’s Northeast Region recipient, Costello-Garfolo will vie for the national title against three other candidates at the 2010 ACF National Convention in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 2-5. Candidates will participate in a lecture and demonstration for a panel of judges who will decide the winner.

Even after being told by her grandmother that cooking was a fine avocation, but that it was not a vocation, Costello-Garfolo decided to pursue her passion of culinary arts. She was a first-year English student at La Roche College, Pittsburgh, when she requested an application from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park, N.Y. The school began accepting applications from women a year prior. She graduated with honors with an associate degree from the CIA. She later earned a bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh.

Costello-Garfolo was executive chef at Canteen Corp., Pittsburgh, for 13 years. She has been a culinary instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh for 23 years. Her many career highlights include being named ACF Pittsburgh Chapter’s Educator of the Year in 2008, winning the L’Esprit d’ Excellence Award in 2008 and coaching three Baron. H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl teams from Pittsburgh, 2007-2009. She has been an ACF member since 1973 and has served on ACF Pittsburgh Chapter’s board of directors as its first vice president and sergeant-at-arms.
The 2010 ACF Northeast Regional Conference, hosted by ACF Harrisburg Chapter, brought hundreds of chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals to Hershey. The conference provided attendees with opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through business seminars, cooking demonstrations featuring the latest trends and techniques, cooking competitions and awards. 
Sponsors of the 2010 ACF Northeast Regional Conference and ACF national award sponsors are: American Technical Publishers; Barilla America, Inc.; Barry Callebaut; The Beef Checkoff & The Pennsylvania Beef Council; Beef Information Center; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Canada Cutlery Inc.; The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Inc.; Christopher Ranch; Custom Culinary, Inc.; Desserts International; Heinz North America; King & Prince Seafood; Koch Foods, Inc.; MARS Food Services; MenuMax; MINOR’S®; Nespresso; NEWCHEF Fashion Inc.; NRA Conserve; RC Fine Foods; Riviana Foods Inc.; R.L. Schreiber, Inc.; S&D Coffee; Splenda®; The Sterno Group; Sysco; Tyson Food Service; Unilever Foodsolutions; U.S. Foodservice; Vitamix Corp.; and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

The American Culinary Federation, Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. With more than 22,000 members spanning 230 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and to combat childhood obesity. For more information, visit www.acfchefs.org.


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