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ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians

ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians represents all who learn, practice and craft the art of gastronomy in greater Chicago. As one of the fastest-growing chapters of the American Culinary Federation, we uphold the highest standards of cooking while supporting a vibrant culinary community through education, professional development and promoting the renowned foodways that make Chicago the envy of the world.


June Monthly Meeting
June 29, 2015
6:00 PM CDT - 9:00 PM CDT
McHenry County College
8900 US HWY 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
$10.00 General Registration-All proceeds will go to the Scholarship Fund

$10.00 Member Registration-All proceeds will go to the Scholarship Fund



Chef James T. Murray CEC, from The National Pork Board will conduct an interactive educational seminar on pork fabrication from the charcuterie perspective. You will also learn about under-utilized opportunity cuts of pork fabrication.

Chef Murray's experience in the industry includes: 

  • Barbecue experience that spans over 40 years
  • A Certified Barbecue Judge for the Kansas City Barbecue Society
  • Pitmaster of the Jimbone’s Mystic Flame BBQ Competition Team,
  • Presented seminars on American Regional Barbecue throughout the U.S. and abroad.
  • Consulted for a number of barbecue entrepreneurs globally and was a Chef-Partner in a barbecue restaurant.
  • A professional chef since graduating from Des Moines Area Community College Culinary Arts program in 1985
  • Before joining the National Pork Board staff in 2013, Murray was the Senior Innovation Chef at Unilever Foodsolutions for 15 years and worked as a Corporate Chef for Johnsonville Sausage for four years.
  • An active member of the American Culinary Federation, he has served as the Greater Des Moines Chapter President and received the honors of Chef of the Year, Presidential Medallion and Certified Executive Chef.