The Michigan Chefs

Registration Open for 2015 Golf Outing and Annual Awards Gala

REGISTER NOW for the 2015 Annual MCCA Golf Outing and Chef of the Year Awards Gala. Both events will take place on September 21, 2015. The Golf Outing will be at Forest Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, hosted by Executive Chef Rich King. The Annual Awards Gala will be at The Townsend Hotel, hosted and presented by 2014 Chef of the Year Andrew Sayes, CEC, with desert course by 2014 Pastry Chef of the Year Amy Knoles. All net proceeds will benefit the MCCA Education Fund.

Nominations for 2015 Annual Chef of the Year Awards

It is time to once again nominate candidates for our prestigious annual Chef of the Year Awards. We are accepting nominations for Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Educator of the Year, and Student Chef of the Year. There are many outstanding professionals and students in the MCCA, and this is your chance to see that a deserving candidate receives due recognition. Please download, complete and return the appropriate form using the links below to nominate your candidate. Get involved!

The awards will be presented to the winning candidates at this year's Annual Awards Gala, held September 21, 2015 at the Townsend Hotel, Birmingham, MI, hosted and presented by 2014 Chef of the Year, Andrew Sayes, CEC.

From The President

June 2015

Wow! June already and the kids are out of school. The club pool is now packed everyday and swim meets are in full swing.

Although I was not able to make our annual "Take Me Out to The Ballgame" event because of our club invitational, from what I was told, Kevin Brennan, CEC and his staff once again showed their talent at the tailgate. Too bad the Tigers could not pull off another win as they have most years we have been there. Thank you Chef Kevin for you hospitality!

The election results are in for ACF national officers for 2015-2017. Once again our National President is Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC. William Tillinghast CEC, AAC, MBA is our National Treasurer. National Secretary is the MCCA's good friend Kyle Richardson CEC, CCE, AAC, and Brian Hardy, CEC, CCA, AAC is our new Central Region Vice President. Congratulations to all.

By the time you read this, the latest ACF Practical exam will have been held at Oakland Community College on June 18th. Best of luck to all the participants.

The Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention and show is fast approaching. No one can say that more than Drew Sayes, CEC from The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham - it may be coming too fast for him, or perhaps not soon enough. Chef Drew will be representing the MCCA and the Central Region this year in the National Chef of the Year competition July 30-August the 3rd. Good luck, Chef.

There is still room for Chef Rich Rosendale's Modernist Plating and Technique Workshop being held October 11-12 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, but tickets are going very fast and it's already nearly sold out. I can certainly say that if it is half as good as his Sous Vide class last year it is well worth the time.

We are days away from posting all the information for the Annual Golf Outing and Chef of the Year Awards Gala on September 21th. This year the outing will take place at Forest Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Hills and then the dinner will be held at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The Townsend has 10 suites and 5 regular rooms available at a special discounted rate (approximately 25%) at $325 and $265 for the Chef of the Year Event should you be interested in staying. Just give them a call and use the Promo Code: "Chef of the Year Rate."

We are currently accepting new nominations for the 2015 Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Educator of the Year and Student Chef of the Year. The nomination forms are included in the newsletter and on the website. Any MCCA member may nominate or be nominated. Each accredited school is asked to nominate an Educator and a Student. The Chefs, Pastry Chefs and Students will all compete on Tuesday, August 11 for each position. Please contact myself or Brian Lorge with any questions.

Have a great start to your summer and I hope everyone is very busy at each of your operations. I know we are counting the days already until Labor Day in my kitchen.

Chef Brian Henson