Chef Brian Henson

From The President

February 2015

It's already February. Time to start thinking of spring menu items. As much as I like the comfort of cold weather cooking this time of year I start to look forward to light spring foods in Michigan.

We had a great meeting in January at Trevarrow. Thanks to Ginger Trevarrow for hosting us in such a unique setting. As expected, Deni Smiljanowski didn't disappoint us with the food. Thanks to Deni for taking time out just before the grand opening of Brown Iron Brewery. With food that good, he will have no problem filling the seats.

We are still looking for venues to host meetings during this spring and fall, and into 2016. If you have never hosted a meeting, I highly recommend doing so. It is an extremely rewarding experience—stressful, but rewarding. Remember to please pay attention to the meeting calendar as some dates this spring may be moving due to holidays.

American Culinary Federation ChefConnect Indy is coming up from April 12-14 at the Indianapolis Marriot Downtown. This is a new format for the ACF, combining the Central and Western Region conferences into one. With many great educational seminars and featuring Michigan Chefs de Cuisine members, Jeremy Abbey, CEC, CCE, CCA from Dorsey Culinary Academy and Steven Grostick from US Foods, you don't want to miss it. Conferences are a great way to earn a lot of continuing education credits, and network with many chefs from all over the region. Our national Cook. Craft. Create. Convention and Show will be held at The Orlando World Center Marriott from July 30-August 3, 2015. It will also include The 2015 American Culinary Classic, North America's only world chef-sanctioned international competition with teams from around the world competing, including ACF Culinary Team USA.

Congratulation to Chef Steven Grostick. In November, he competed in Las Vegas at the World Food Championship and was named 2014 Champion! Twelve chefs competed in the challenge's three preliminary competitions of recipe creation, knife skills and mystery basket. The competitors with the highest scores then advanced to the signature dish challenge, which Chef Steven won. Stop by US Foods in Wixom and I'm sure he will show you his Southern Pride smoker and trailer prize!

Don't forget Dorsey Culinary Academy is hosting our Winter Culinary Salon from March 13-15. Contact John Piazza, CEC or Jeremy Abbey, CEC, CEPC, CCA for details.

Brian Henson, President, ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine

SkillsUSA Michigan Career Expo

April 17, 2015

Your are invited to join us for our 43rd Annual State Leadership and Skills Conference on April 17-19, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a student-based organization, we anticipate approximately 1,600 high school and college students and teachers who represent our statewide career and technical education curriculum. These students compete in trade specific and leadership competitions representing all major areas of skilled careers. We will have competitions in more than 80 different areas. More information is available on our web site.

This year, SkillsUSA Michigan is excited to add a Career Expo component to our state conference for the first time. It will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 6:00PM at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. We need several dozen volunteers to make this event successful. We feel that you and your organization would be a valuable resource to demonstrate to our high school and college students how the work skills they develop in SkillsUSA today can translate into careers in the future; therefore, we would like to invite you to share your many talents and participate as SkillsUSA Michigan Career Expo presenter. Detailed information is available HERE.

As a Career Expo presenter, you are asked to interact with our students about your profession, how you decided to pursue that profession, the skills and knowledge you need, etc. We are hoping to get you engaged with our students by asking you to station a table whereby you can set up any materials, examples of work etc., and talk to students as they visit the various Career Expo presenters!

Simply fill out the application to participate. Upon receipt of your form, you will be sent additional information and a confirmation in March. Please feel free to contact Steve Lick, our Career Expo Coordinator, directly at (269) 903-8388 or if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you!