November 24, 2014: Food Photography and Autumn Soups Competition at Bidwell Training Center

Images and text for this post were provided by ACFPC student member Consuelo Lemmon.

The November meeting included an Anything Goes Autumn Soups Competition. The judges for the contest were Chef Scott Burkhart & Chef Byron Bardy. The winners are: Third Place (tie): Karen Arrington and Grace Fletcher Second Place: Valicia Salter First Place: Marley Faulks This meeting also included a presentation by photographer Joseph Brown. Mr. Brown owns his own studio and specializes in food photography. In his presentation, he informed guests and members about improving food photography, a skill which is paramount for creating dynamic websites and menus. In other news, Chef Shawn Culp's team, who is competing in the food Olympics in Luxembourg, has taken the gold in the Hot Foods category. Also, during this meeting Chef Chuck Baux was nominated for Chef of the Year 2015 by Chef Scott Burkhart. The next board meeting Monday Dec. 1, 2014 @ Donato's, but there will be no general meeting in December.

Marley Faulks's Sweet Potato Apple Puree with Spinach Arabesque - 1st place

Marley Faulks's Sweet Potato Apple Puree with Spinach Arabesque - 1st place

Valicia Salter's Bourbon Butternut Squash Soup with Bourbon Creme Fraiche - 2nd Place

Valicia Salter's Bourbon Butternut Squash Soup with Bourbon Creme Fraiche - 2nd Place

Karen Arrington's Split Pea Soup with Cured Duck Breast - 3rd Place (tie)

Karen Arrington's Split Pea Soup with Cured Duck Breast - 3rd Place (tie)

Grace Fletcher's Sweet Apple Dream: Apple Soup with Apple and Cranberry Bread Pudding - 3rd Place (tie)

Grace Fletcher's Sweet Apple Dream: Apple Soup with Apple and Cranberry Bread Pudding - 3rd Place (tie)

Ashley McKnight's Sweet Potato and Sage Soup garnished with fried sage and bacon

Ashley McKnight's Sweet Potato and Sage Soup garnished with fried sage and bacon

Darnella Wilson's Cream of Mushroom Soup Melange

Darnella Wilson's Cream of Mushroom Soup Melange

Shacteal Ingram's Consumme of Rabbit with Herbed Quenelles and Mushroom Flan

Shacteal Ingram's Consumme of Rabbit with Herbed Quenelles and Mushroom Flan