SAN DIEGO, December 7, 2009 – Candy Wallace, founder and executive director of the American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA), announces the 2010 National APPCA Summit, to be held Feb. 20-21 at Kendall College in Chicago. 

The theme of the 2010 Summit will promote the building of successful businesses and careers of personal and private chefs as the United States emerges from economic recession. 

“Our national conference in 2010 has been specifically designed to inspire and inform those who seek success as ‘today’s culinary entrepreneurs,’” Wallace says. “We have constructed a dynamic, powerful program to supply meaningful presentations and topical breakout options with targeted information to support the profitability and success of personal-chef businesses and the careers of private chefs.” 

Ina Pinkney, chef/owner of Ina’s and known as the “Breakfast Queen” of Chicago, will keynote the 2010 Summit to share her inspiring story of opening her restaurant during the 1990-91 economic recession. Other presenters include Maria Caranfa, R.D., director of Mintel Menu Insights; Judith Dunbar Hines, director of culinary arts and events for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs; Renee Zonka, R.D., associate dean of Kendall College; service expert and former private chef Audrey Heckwolf of Grand Rapids Community College; and Peggy Ryan, executive chef of The Dining Room at Kendall College (a Certified Green Restaurant) and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs’ Educator of the Year. 

Registration, hotel, programming and personal-chef-training information may be found at

About the American Personal & Private Chef Association

The American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA), based in San Diego, promotes the “business of doing business” as a personal or private chef through ongoing peer interaction and education while fostering professionalism in all aspects of cookery. Through its Institute and education partners, APPCA offers sound training in establishing successful and fulfilling careers. For more information, call (800) 644-8389, e-mail, or visit

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