I just introduced Chef Art Smith as Keynote Speaker at the 2011 Foodservice Educators Network International Conference in Chicago where I am once again the Emcee.

Chef Art Smith with Chef Candy Wallace at FENI 2011Chef Smith has lost 100 lbs in the past year through conscious healthy eating and exercise, and spoke about taking responsibility for your own well being as chefs who “walk the walk” in order to be the roll models for today’s children who are so in need of guidance and instruction on food preparation and sources in order to be able to learn to make healthy choices as children so they may grow up to be healthy adults.

His words and the information he shared with all of the chefs in the room  about his non-profit organization focused on teaching children at risk about healthy cooking and global diversity through food really hit home and gave almost everyone a chance to hit their re-set button and recommit to the core from which most chefs operate – the desire to affect change and contribute to the world’s well-being.

It was especially moving for me as a personal chef and former private chef to be able to introduce a private chef who has made a significant contribution through his group, COMMON THREADS and also because he sat at the head table with 3 APPCA members and Brent Frei and I, and shared himself generously.   Personal and Private chefs have truly come a long way and have much to be proud of.

It was a good start to day  3 at the FENI conference and now we are all off to attend Master Classes at the French Pastry School and Washburne Culinary which is the oldest operating culinary school in the U.S.A.

ROCK ON, Personal Chefs!


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Caron Golden


Founder of premier organization of personal chefs inspires students to follow their dreams of culinary entrepreneurship.

Candy Wallace, executive director of the American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA), today was recognized by Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies as its 33rd Distinguished Guest Chef.

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