Chef Brian Henson

From The President

March 2015

I can't believe it's already March and spring is right around the corner. Almost time for golf and patio menus. I trust everyone survived the Valentine's weekend and all the restaurant weeks.

For those of you who may not have heard Chef Leopold had a very serious accident in his home this winter. He fell down the stairs and broke a bone in his cervical spine. After a successful surgery to repair, he is slowly recovering in a rehabilitation facility and we hope to see him back up and around this summer. Chef Leopold, I'm sure I speak for all of us that we are praying for you and wish you a speedy and complete recovery. We have received many inquiries as to your condition and well being. Godspeed on your rehab and health. Please eat the spaetzle and perch so you get back on Facebook and keep us all updated on tennis and Roger Federer!

Thank you to Eric Gackenbach, CEC, and the staff and students of Henry Ford Community College for hosting the February meeting. The food and presentation from the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association was fantastic.

As the days get longer, when daylight savings time comes this week, the association has a lot going on this spring. First up is the Regional Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Student of the Year and Student Team of the Year competitions. I have had the pleasure of tasting and seeing a few of the competitor's entries and I think they will all represent the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine proud. We have chefs Andrew Sayes, CEC from the Townsend Hotel competing for Regional Chef of the Year, Amy Knoles from Country Club of Detroit and Eric Voigt from Big Rock Chop House competing for Pastry Chef of the Year and the Student Team from The Culinary Institute of Michigan, Baker College representing Michigan and the MCCA for the Student Team.

Brian Lorge and Chef John Piazza are getting the rest of the calendar year meetings confirmed and are working on the 2016 calendar already. Randy Smith, CEC and Brian Lorge along with an ever growing committee are again leading the charge for the 2015 Chef of the Year Gala and Annual Golf Outing and details are almost ready to be announced. Until then please keep an eye on the website, newsletter and social media for breaking news. Speaking of which, we still have lots of opportunities to get involved with your membership in some way on one of our many activities. As we have grown to be one of the strongest and most active chapters in the country, we have lots of areas that need your support. The best way to get something out of this great organization is to participate, engage and get involved. I personally guarantee you that you will derive way more benefit from the association than you will for the time you contribute by volunteering for one of our many worthy causes, events, activities, meetings, competitions, etc. If you want to jump in and help on something, just let us know.

Chef Brian Henson

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!