About the Kansas City Chefs Association




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Back in the 1970’s, Kansas City had a small group of German Chefs who helped shape what we have come to know as the Greater Kansas City Chefs Association. These Chefs transformed the culinary landscape of Kansas City and were the guiding forces behind the formation of the Chef’s Association.

In 1971 several chefs met in hopes of establishing a local association. The American Culinary Federation Greater Kansas City Chefs Association was established in 1973 after a charter from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) was granted and has grown to be one of the largest and most respected in the United States. A few of the founding members were Gerold Janzen, Klaus Sack, Jess Barbosa, David Kamel, Karl Senn, Wulf Koerper and Kurt Schlegel.

Four years later, Hans Enderlin, then the Executive Chef of the Muehlbach Hotel, met with Jerry Vincent at Johnson County Community College to make plans for an Apprenticeship Program. The Apprentice Program began in 1976 and has been going strong ever since. Pat Sweeney has served as the Apprenticeship Chairman since 1985 and is credited for developing a nationally recognized program.

The American Culinary Federation Greater Kansas City Chefs' Association now boasts a combined membership of over 400 professional chefs, apprentices, and purveyor members, and is one of the largest ACF chapters in the country.

The Greater Kansas City Chefs' Association not only offers its members a chance to meet and network but is also involved in many community service efforts such as offering support to the Franklin Children’s Center and by supporting the ACF’s Chef and Child Foundation. The Greater Kansas City Chefs' Association has also received many awards and has been named the American Culinary Federation’s Chapter of the Year in the past.

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ACF Kansas City Chefs Association By-Laws Updated

Board Meeting Minutes

Board Members of the KC Chefs Association


President of the Chapter
Mark Webster CEC, CCE. AAC



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Master Chef and Board Member
Paul A. Santaularia, CEC, CCE



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Vice President
Richard McPeake



Vice President
Russ Muehlberger



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Trustee
Bill Spano



Certification Chair
Justin Spencer, CCC



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Treasurer
Matt Chatfield
Executive Chef
The Culinary Center of Kansas City



Apprenticeship Chair
Felix Sturmer




By-Laws Chair
Kathy Perkins

US Foodservice
Director of Marketing
913-907-3302 Office



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Associate Chair
Pat Lockwood

Elite Foodservice Specialists
Direction of Regional Accounts
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Olathe, Kansas


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Ronna Keck
Sergeant-at-Arms



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Chef Steve Copeland Junior Chef President



Josiah Schmidt Junior Chef Vice President


Greater Kansas City Chefs Association

Past Presidents

2000 James White
2001 Jesse Vega
2002 Jesse Vega
2003 Jerry Marcellus
2004 Jerry Marcellus
2005 Jesse Vega
2006 Jesse Vega
2007 Mark Webster
2008 Mark Webster
2009 Paul Santaularia
2010 Paul Santaularia

Chef of the Year
2000 James White
2001 Dianne Dougherty
2002 Jerry Marcellus
2003 Ronna Keck
2004 John Head
2005 Russ Muehlberger
2006 Mark Prece
2007 Gary Hild
2008 Felix Sturmer
2009 Mark Webster

Apprentice of the Year

2000 Anthony Schwappach
2001 Nathan Havercroth
2002 Megan Handke/Nathan Havercroth/Jessica Mullins
2003 Dawn Julinana
2004 Dawn Julinana
2005 Matt Pohl
2006 Thomas Haggerty Jr. / Johnathan Stockdale
2007 Thomas Haggerty Jr. / Johnathan Stockdale
2008 Renee Shortlidge
2009 Sheena Maisch

Purveyor of the Year

2005 Ambrosi Brother’s Cutlery
2006 Fabulous Fish
2007 American Italian Pasta Company
2008 The Herb Company
2009 US Foodservice

Culinarian of the Year

2007 Gerald Janzen
2008 Marco Ambrosi
2009 Kathy Perkins

Presidents Award

2001 Eric Case
2002 Patrick Sweeney
2003 Rosemary Gallo
2007 Robert Honeychurch
2008 Jerry Marcellus
2009 Karen Putman / Bill Spano


The Kansas City Chefs Association is one of the largest chapters of ACF with over 400 members and growing. Thank you for visiting our site.


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