What are the dates of the 21st Annual Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference?

The conference will begin Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the UMass Campus Center and will conclude Friday, June 12th, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. after the ACF team competition located in Hampshire Dining Commons. There will be a preconference starting June 6th, Beyond Sustainability. Please check our schedule on the web for the latest update!

Where exactly is the conference being held?

All morning sessions, breakfast and lunch through Tuesday will be held in the UMass Campus Center. Afternoon sessions will be held at Hampshire and Berkshire Dining Commons. On Wednesday and Thursday breakfasts and all sessions will be held in Hampshire Dining Commons. The ACF competition on Friday will be held in the Hampshire Dining Commons.

How do I register for the conference?

You can register online using our on-line registration service. Our on-line registration service uses a Verisign Secure Server certificate to safeguard your transaction. You may also call 413-577-8102 to register.

How do I make hotel reservations?

The Hotel and Travel page contains all the information you need to make reservations and receive special group rates at the Hotel Umass and Courtyard Marriott. Please note you need to identify yourself as part of the group code CHF15L for the Hotel Umass and as part of the Umass Chef Conference at the Courtyard Marriott. The cut-off date is May 7, 2015 for these special blocks of rooms. Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.

What are the directions to Campus and the Hotel?

For directions to the Campus Center Hotel and all the locations on campus please visit http://www.umassauxiliaryservices.com/directions/

For directions to the Courtyard® by Marriott® 423 Russell St Hadley, Massachusetts 01035 USA please visit the websitehttps://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/directions/bdlhd-courtyard-hadley-amherst/

If you are planning to drive to campus please park in the campus center parking garage on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. If you are driving to campus the remainder of the week please park in Lot 33 on campus. You will need to get a parking pass for this lot when you register. For a map of parking on campus please visit http://parking.umass.edu/images/maps/mapVisitorParking.pdf

What is the dress code for the conference? What should I bring?

  • A chef hat will be provided for you and must be worn at all times in the teaching kitchens. Hair must be entirely covered by the hat and long hair will need to be tied back and completely covered underneath the hat. Fringes and bangs should not be visible from the front of the hat.
  • Aprons and side towels will be provided and must be worn at all times
  • A long sleeved chef jacket must be worn.
  • Shoes should be leather, with no open toes or high heels and must have non-slip soles. Cotton socks are advised, and no nylon hosiery is allowed
  • Full length black pants and chef pants must be worn while in the kitchen
  • Jewelry is not permitted except for one ring and one wristwatch
  • During times that you are not in the kitchen, casual business attire should be worn.
  • The clambake is more of a relaxed dinner outside at the University
  • UMass will provide aprons, gloves, side towels and some knives.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their culinary tool kits, knives and a camera.  Please check with your airline for knife transportation.

What is there to do during any free time we may have?

There are many area attractions to visit while in the area. A few of these attractions are Yankee Candle, Historic Deerfield, downtown Northampton, Basketball Hall of Fame and Six Flags New England. For more area attractions please visit the pioneer valley website at www.valleyvisitor.com

Does the registration fee cover all the meals?

The conference will cover most meals: all breakfasts, lunches and dinners Monday through Thursday, and a recipe book with all recipes from the conference.

Is the conference open to everyone?

This conference is open to chefs, dietitians, food service managers, educators and trade people, regardless of affiliation.

What type of recognition will the attendees receive?

All attendees will receive certificates of participation with the number of American Culinary Federation credits and a 2015 seminar manual with many great recipes. Participants may also apply for UMass continuing education credits and American Dietetic Association credits. To apply for these credits please see Dianne Sutherland or Laura Snyder during the conference for an application. For the team competition the winning teams will receive ACF medals.

What’s the ACF team competition?

We will again be hosting an ACF Competition for teams of four during the last day of the conference, June 12. Six ACF certified judges will be judging the competition. It is open to all participants who are registered for the full week and takes place beginning on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 2-4 pm for your menu writing and continues Friday, June 12, 2015 starting at 6:00 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. Please sure to make your travel arrangements after this time.

You may elect to register as an individual member and the conference will assign you to a team or you may register a team of four. Please be sure to indicate if you have your own team and your team members on your registration form.