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American Culinary Federation Honors Sanford Chef

Chef John Gilbertson Given ACF President’s Medallion

Sanford USD Medical Center Chef John Gilbertson
Executive Chef John Gilbertson, Sanford USD Medical Center

(Sioux Falls, SD) Sanford USD Medical Center Executive Chef John Gilbertson was recently honored by a national culinary organization for his expertise and leadership.  Chef Gilbertson was one of eight chefs awarded a President’s medallion by the American Culinary Federation, Inc., (ACF) at the 2008 ACF Central Regional Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri in February.

The ACF President’s medallions were presented to ACF members who exemplify culinary excellence and leadership. The recipients have contributed their knowledge, skills and expertise to the advancement of the culinary profession. Chef Gilbertson has been cooking professionally since 1978. With extensive background as a chef in the hotel industry, he finds healthcare to be his most challenging and rewarding thus far.

“Most chefs are in the food business, but we are in the education and energy business,” said Chef Gilbertson. “Our goal is to simultaneously move our patients toward recovery through nutrition, as well as create an energy ‘vibe’ by nourishing our staff. We hope both groups feel our commitment to them through our well prepared food.”

The American Culinary Federation, Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. With 20,000 members spanning more than 230 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and also holds the presidium for the World Association of Chefs Societies, the largest international network of chef associations with more than eight million members globally. For more information, visit

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