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Professional Chef Scott Steiner, of Lockport, was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs – an honor society of the American Culinary Federation – at the 2013 ACF National Convention last month.

Steiner, ACF-Certified Culinary Educator, is an instructor of culinary arts at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute of Niagara County Community College. His experience includes more than 10 years of culinary instruction. He currently serves on the national ACF Conference and Convention Committee. Steiner is chairman of the board of ACF of Greater Buffalo, New York.

The ACF consists of more than 20,000 members; approximately 850 belong to the AAC.

To become a member, chefs must be nominated by two current AAC members and complete the required application process. But to be considered, applicants must be an ACF-certified chef for no less than two years; be in the culinary profession for no less than 15 years, with 10 of the 15 years as an executive chef at a full-service restaurant or at least five years for a culinary educator; be an ACF member for a minimum of 10 consecutive years; and have attended any combination of four ACF regional conferences and/or national conventions. In addition, applicants must fulfill at least 10 of the 20 elective attainable goals.

The AAC, which recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to both the culinary profession and ACF, was established in 1955 at the ACF National Convention in Pittsburgh. Those credited with its founding include Pierre Berard, Peter Berrini and Paul Laesecke.

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