Plugra® European-Style Butter Joins American Culinary Federation Pastry Chef of the Year Competition as Title Sponsor

 Plugra® European-Style Butter Joins American Culinary Federation Pastry Chef
                   of the Year Competition as Title Sponsor

PR Newswire

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Jan. 16, 2013

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Plugra^®
European-Style Butter will serve as the title sponsor of the 2013 American
Culinary Federation (ACF) Pastry Chef of the Year regional competitions and
the national competition to determine the overall national winner. 


As the 2013 title sponsor for the ACF Pastry Chef of the Year award, Plugra
pledged support and product for the competitions. In addition, Plugra butter
will be the only butter provided at the four ACF regional conference pastry
competitions and the national competition at the 2013 ACF National Convention
in Las Vegas. Plugra has sponsored ACF events since 2009 and became a Grand
Platinum Level sponsor in 2012.

"We are pleased that ACF and Plugra are working together in a competition that
highlights the top pastry chefs in the industry," said ACF National President
Michael Ty, CEC, AAC. "ACF pastry chefs deserve the best ingredients when
competing for the national title of Pastry Chef of the Year. Plugra^®
European-Style Butter has consistently won the ACF Seal of Approval and is an
excellent choice for this competition."

The ACF Pastry Chef of the Year title was first awarded in 2004 and recognizes
a pastry chef who displays a passion for the craft, has an accomplished
reputation in the pastry field and has helped educate others by sharing skills
and knowledge. Chefs, nominated by their colleagues, from ACF's four regions
will compete at their respective regional conferences to win one of the four
spots available to compete for the national title at the 2013 ACF National
Convention. The overall winner will receive $5,000 and the title of 2013 ACF
Pastry Chef of the Year.

"There are many reasons we are proud to work with the ACF. It is a great
organization that focuses on furthering the foodservice industry by
representing quality and supporting chefs around the country," said Ashley
Campbell, Plugra senior associate brand manager. "Sponsoring the ACF Pastry
Chef of the Year competition is a perfect fit for us, as pastries put
ingredients center stage and showcase the performance qualities of Plugra. We
look forward to seeing what the chef competitors create using our butter."

Chefs will have 3 hours 30 minutes to prepare, cook and serve three styles of
desserts to present to a panel of distinguished judges. This year's national
winner will be announced at the President's Grand Ball at the 2013 ACF
National Convention, July 21-25, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas.

Three varieties of Plugra Butter—salted, unsalted and clarified—were once
again awarded the prestigious ACF Seal of Approval after extensive testing to
evaluate the butters for consistency, performance, adaptability to various
cooking situations and label accuracy in September 2012. Plugra was originally
awarded the ACF Seal of Approval in 2009.

National sponsors of the 2013 ACF events series and awards are: Alabama Gulf
Seafood; Allen Brothers; American Roland; American Technical Publishers; The
Beef Checkoff; Campbell Soup Company; Canada Cutlery Inc.; Central Region
State Beef Councils; The Cheesecake Factory Bakery, Inc.; Clemens Food Group;
Custom Culinary, Inc.; Ecolab^®; Gordon Food Service^®; The International
Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes; Idaho^® Potato Commission; Idaho
Preferred^®; Johnson & Wales University; JTM Food Group; Kentucky Beef
Council; Maines Paper & Food Service, Inc.; McCormick For Chefs; MINOR'S^®;
Mississippi Seafood Marketing; NEWCHEF Fashion, Inc.; Plugra^® European
Style-Butter; PreGel AMERICA; R.L. Schreiber, Inc.; Riviana^® Foods; Sysco^®;
Tyson Food Service; Unilever Food Solutions; Victorinox Swiss Army; Vitamix^®
Corporation; and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

About Plugra European-Style Butter

Plugra Butter is marketed by the Consumer Brands division of Dairy Farmers of
America, Inc. The European-style butter's slow-churn process creates less
moisture content and a creamier texture leading to fluffier cakes, flakier
pastries, creamy sauces, rich risottos, and extraordinary flavored butters and
sautes. For more information, recipes and culinary inspiration, visit or

About the American Culinary Federation

The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), established in 1929, is the
premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. With more
than 20,000 members spanning 200 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary
leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and
programmatic accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive
certification program for chefs in the United States, with the Certified
Executive Chef^®, Certified Sous Chef^® and Certified Executive Pasty Chef^®
designations the only culinary credentials accredited by the National
Commission for Certifying Agencies. 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 Find ACF on Facebook at and on Twitter @ACFChefs.

Media Contact:
Patricia Carroll, Director of Communications
(904) 484-0247;

SOURCE The American Culinary Federation, Inc.

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