2014 Annual Golf Outing and Chef of the Year Awards Gala

2014 Annual Golf Outing and Chef of the Year Awards Gala

September 29, 2014 at Oakland Hills Country Club

REGISTER TODAY! Please join us for the 2014 Golf Outing and Annual Awards Gala. Both events will take place on September 29, 2014 at Oakland Hills Country Club, hosted and presented by 2013 Chef of the Year Daniel Vallone with dessert course by 2013 Pastry Chef of the Year Richard Wolfram, CEPC from Orchard Lake Country Club. All net proceeds will benefit the MCCA Education Fund. Register for this event, purchase a sponsorship, and download the registration brochure and invitation HERE.

From The President

July 2014

Though we are on summer break from formal meetings as an organization, the MCCA is still hard at work this summer. Our top project is the Michigan Chef de Cuisine Annual Golf Outing, Chef of the Year Competition and Awards Dinner. As many of you may know this our single largest fundraiser and social gathering of the year and we are fortunate to have it hosted by Chef Daniel Vallone at Oakland Hills Country Club. When tickets go on sale we expect both the outing and dinner to sell out quickly, so please don't wait.

We are accepting our last nominations for all our Chef of the Year categories and will be hosting a competition at Dorsey Culinary Academy the second week of August to determine our Chef of the Year, Student of the Year and newly added to the competition this year, Pastry Chef of the Year. All competitors will compete in an ACF Category K style competition for savory and a signature plated dessert for pastry. We started this format two years ago and have continued to grow it each year within our organization, along with helping 3 of our past winners to compete at the regional completion. We will be looking for volunteers and support on many levels as for all three of these events as we lead up to the September 29th events.

In early June we experienced a couple of great social events. Early in June we got together with 80 of our MCCA friends at our Annual "Take Me Out To the Ball Game" Tiger Baseball game. The tailgate party was awesome as always at the DAC and the game... well didn't go so well in the 9th, but all in all a wonderful evening out with our friends! Thank you Chef Kevin and the team at DAC. Also thank you Chef Randy Smith for organizing the evening.

Also in June, Oakland Community College hosted a certification practical with five chefs passing the practical portion of their certification. Congratulations to the following chefs on a morning well cooked Lisa Stanley - CPC Practical, Steve Valenti - CSC Practical, Julie Selonke - CEC Practical, Matthew Mitchell - CEC Practical, Janel Sauder - CEC Practical. Thank you also to OCC for hosting, the volunteers that helped to organize and the exam proctors.

It's not too late to sign up for the ACF National Convention in Kansas City. This long weekend is filled with a little bit of business, a lot of education, cooking and fun! Friday July 25 through Tuesday July 29th. At this years American Academy of Chefs, Leopold Schaeli, CMC, AAC will be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs Hall of Fame. Congratulations Chef, what a wonderful honor for a great Chef and even better man!

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful summer. I look forward to seeing all of you around town!

Brian R. Beland, CMC, President, ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine