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

August 2014

Burnt ends, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, brisket...Kansas City BBQ was awesome! There is a strong smell of smoldering hard woods and BBQ spice throughout the city. The ACF National Conference was big success with 1000+ in attendance. Competitions, demonstrations, lectures, trade show, awards dinners and lunches and food trucks. A fun filled conference where everyone could walk away with the positive experience of culinary networking and education in various industry matters. I am also happy to report back that the national organization continues to move in a positive direction. Our bylaws were updated and passed after a year of revisions and updates, our national board of directors is working diligently with other organizations to broaden the awareness of the ACF, and Culinary Team USA is preparing for Luxembourg. It's an exciting time to be a part of the American Culinary Federation.

In keeping with that spirit, the MCCA has plenty going on as well. On August 12th, Dorsey Culinary Academy-Roseville Campus, will be hosting our 2014 Chef of the Year Competitions. This year's competition will feature:

Chef of the Year Candidates:

  • Brandon Aho, CEC, Plum Hollow CC
  • Paul Grosz, CEC, The Stand Gastro Bistro/Cuisine Restaurant
  • Andrew Sayes, CEC, The Townsend Hotel
  • John Miller CEC, University of Michigan

Pastry Chef of the Year Candidates:

  • Amy Knoles, Country Club of Detroit
  • Eric Voigt, Big Rock Chop House
  • Maryse Richards, Walnut Creek Country Club

Educator of the Year Candidates:

  • Terri Herrera, MS, CCE
  • Jeffrey Wolf, Macomb CC
  • Jeremy Abbey, CEC, CCE, CCA, Dorsey Culinary Academy
  • Susan Baier FMP, Oakland Community College

Student Chef of the Year Candidates:

  • Chester Bell, Washtenaw Community College
  • Rebecca Dubicki, Oakland Community College
  • Alexis Clingman-Tijerna, Schoolcraft College
  • Danielle Collins, Henry Ford Community College
  • Alan Ciochetto, Macomb Community College
  • Cory Beattie, Dorsey - Roseville
  • Kenneth Williams, Dorsey - Pontiac
  • Jill Tucker, Baker College

The format will follow ACF competition guidelines for Category K, with the protein being whole chicken for Chef and Students. Pastry Chefs will be competing in Category K Hot/Warm Signature Dessert. The winners of these four categories will be announced at the Annual Awards Gala Awards.

The Annual Awards Gala will be held September 29th at Oakland Hills Country Club, hosted by 2013 MCCA Chef of the Year Daniel Valone. The Annual Golf Outing will also be held earlier that day at Oakland Hills Country Club. Please register early as spaces for both events are limited and filling up quickly. These are the two largest annual events the hosted by the MCCA, and you do not want to miss out on this day. Please come show your support and be a part of this year's celebration!

The Michigan Culinary Team has held two nice fundraisers this summer. At both fundraisers they have displayed some of their food. I am happy to report that they are progressing toward gold for Expogast 2014! The team could truly use your financial and professional support as they continue to push in these last couple months of preparation.

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