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Richard Potter, CEC, AAC, Wins International Grand Prix at Hotel Olympia in London


Saint Augustine, Fla., February 18, 2000 - Richard Potter, CEC, AAC, won the International Grand Prix award at the Hotel Olympia Culinary Salon, which took place in London, England, February 7-11, 2000. He is the first American in 25 years to win the award, and now joins the elite group of 42 chefs who have won the Grand Prix award. Chef Potter also took first place in the Larder category at the London competition. He is the executive chef at the Western Hills Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, the vice president of the ACF Greater Cincinnati Ohio Chapter, an adjunct professor at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and a member of the ACF Team Midwest.

Two other members of the Team Midwest, David Clemments, CEC, executive chef at Drawbridge Estates in Kentucky, and Alan Neace, CEC, executive chef at Cold Stream Country Club in Cincinnati and adjunct faculty member at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, finished second and third, respectively, in the hot food served cold category.

Team Midwest, which is led by ACF National Secretary John Kinsella, CMC, CCE, AAC, was created in 1998 to promote the regional cuisine of the Midwest and to enhance the culinary craft. At last Novemberís IGEHO Culinary Salon in Basel, Switzerland, Chef Potter and Team Midwest member Brian Sode, CEC, both took home gold medals, while another teammate, James McCallister, CEC, of Milliken & Co. in Spartanburg, South Carolina, won a silver medal.

Team Midwest placed eighth in a field of 56 countries in the 1998 World Cup competition in Luxembourg, the same competition in which their student team took the top three awards in the student competition of the hot food served cold category.

Over the past two years, Team Midwest has won four gold medals, six silver medals, and two bronze medals in professional chef categories at several international competitions. Their student team has captured one gold medal and two silver medals in international competition. In addition, Team Midwest has collected 24 medals in national competitions in both the hot and cold food categories.

Team Midwest enjoys the support and sponsorship of the American Culinary Federation, the Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Association, Gordon Food Service, U.S. Foodservice, Alliant Foodservice, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, the Western Hills Country Club and the Indian Hills Hunt Club.

The American Culinary Federation, Inc., a professional, not-for-profit organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs organizations: the Society Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club, and the Chefs Association of America. The principal goal of the founding chefs remains true to the ACF today - to promote the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education among culinarians at all levels, from apprentices to the most accomplished Certified Master Chefs.


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