Next ACF Practical Certification Testing

June 18, 2015 at Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus
  • Where: Oakland Community College
  • When: June 18, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Check in at 7:00 a.m.
  • Fee: ACF Members $100, Non-members $200
  • Information Form: DOWNLOAD HERE
  • Informational Meeting: May 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. to view the kitchen and discuss any final details of the test.
  • Registration: Please download and complete the APPLICATION, and return to Chef Kevin Enright, CEC, CCE, AAC.
  • Payment: Download, complete and return the INVOICE with payment to the address shown on the invoice.

From The President

May 2015

Spring is finally here and no doubt restaurants and clubs are in full swing. Unfortunately that is what the Wings are doing now...swinging clubs not sticks.

This has been a great spring for the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association. A few weeks ago was the ChefConnect: Indy and we received quite a bit of recognition. As we all know by now, Andrew Sayes, CEC from the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham won the Central Region Chef of the Year award and earned the right to compete for the ACF National Chef of the Year Title at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention and Show from July 30-August 3rd in Orlando, Florida.

In addition to Chef Drew, the MCCA received a Central Region Chapter Achievement Award and all five ACF Central Region Achievement of Excellence Awards. They went to top establishments in the area, all associated with the MCCA and included American Harvest Restaurant, Schoolcraft College; Detroit Athletic Club; Joe Vicari Restaurant Group; The Root Restaurant and Zingerman's Roadhouse. Brian Lorge, CCTP, HAAC and Randy Smith, CEC were both recipients of the extremely prestigious ACF Central Region President's Medallion present by ACF President Tom Macrina, CEC, CCE, AAC, HGT. Congratulations to everyone involved.

As we head into our summer break for the association, our annual "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on June 2nd against the Oakland A's has sold out. The highlight of the event is a chance to hang out at the DAC tailgate before the game and enjoy great food and atmosphere from our host Kevin Brennan, CEC. Later in June, the MCCA will hold a certification practical at Oakland Community College on Thursday the 18th and will be run by our Certification Chair, Kevin Enright, CEC, CCE, AAC, culinary department director at OCC. Please contact Chef Kevin with any questions.

I would like to thank Chef Chuck Sansone, corporate executive staff and his staff at Continental Catering and Events for hosting our May meeting. What a fantastic facility! The food prepared by his Regional Executive Chefs Jason Davis, CEC and Chris Antoniotti and their entire staff was outstanding. We held the meeting a week early because of the Mother's day holiday and attendance was great so thank you to our members for watching the website and social media for the changes.

When we return in the fall our first meeting in September will be held once again at Cobo Hall and in addition to an exciting presentation, we will be putting together a job fair during the networking time so if you know of anyone or company interested in having a table or will be looking for employment for the holiday's let them know. We will not have a general meeting in October this year due to the Michigan Restaurant Show but will hold a meet and greet Tuesday, October 13 at the show. Please look for more details on that event to come. In October we will welcome Rich Rosendale, CMC back to town for a Modernist Plating and Technique workshop Sunday the 11th and Monday the 12th. Cost for this will be $700 and be worth 16 CEH towards certification. I want to let you know if you are interested in this workshop to register quickly as it will sell out fast.

Please have a safe, busy and prosperous summer.

Chef Brian Henson