2013 Golf Outing and Chef of the Year Awards Gala
Mark your calendars! Please join us for the 2013 Annual MCCA Golf Outing and Chef of the Year Awards Gala. Both events will take place on August 26, 2013. The Golf Outing will be at Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon, hosted by Randy Smith, CEC. The Awards Gala Dinner will be at The Reserve in Birmingham, hosted and presented by 2012 Chef of the Year, Brian Henson with dessert course by 2012 Pastry Chef of the Year, Jeffrey Hammer, CEPC. All net proceeds benefit the MCCA Education Fund.
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2013 Chef of the Year Nominations
Umami in Corktown
Cooking for a Cause - Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Mark your calendars! Join Chefs Joe Nader, Jake Williams and Scott Breazeale at St. Cece's Pub in Corktown for an amazing 6 course Pan-Asian prix fixe dinner that will benefit two special programs: Cooking Matters and The Chef and Child Foundation. These two programs are instrumental in educating children and families about nutrition and healthy cooking on a budget. Reserve your seats now HERE.
From The President
A month ago I was writing during a dreary April. Today, I write (a bit tardy and my sincere apologies to all) on a steamy day toward the end of May. It is amazing the difference that one month can make in Michigan. It is time to head north, enjoy our outdoors, family and a chance to recharge - hopefully at least for one week this summer!
The beginning of May was exciting for the MCCA at the Central Regional Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. First, I would like to recognize the Little Rock Chapter for their efforts in putting on a very nice conference. Secondly, I would like to recognize everyone from the MCCA that participated in the actives. The Michigan Chefs de Cuisine went to this conference with a strong professional showing and left with plenty of awards and recognition across the board! Here is a quick recap of our chapter success:
- Chef Kevin Enright, CEC, CCE, AAC: Herman Rusch Award Recipient
- Chef Kevin Brennan, CEC, AAC: Chef Professionalism Award Recipient and Presidential Medallion Recipient
- Brian Lorge, CCTP: ACF Extra Mile Award Recipient
- Chef Brian Henson: Competitor and Medalist for Central Regional Chef of the Year
- Chef Jeff Hammer, CEPC: Competitor and Medalist for Central Regional Chef of the Year
- Chef Richard Wolfram, CEPC: Competitor and Medalist for Central Regional Chef of the Year
- Chef Shawn Loving, CEC, CCA: Competitor for Central Region Educator of the Year
And a special thank you to the entire MCCA. As a result of your dedication, we were recognized as the ACF's Central Region Chapter of the Year! This is no small award - The Central Region is stocked with strong, active chapters. As an organization we were recognized for our growth, involvement and push toward excellence. Congratulations to each and every member of the MCCA that helped to push this chapter: from Chef Milos as the founder, for setting our standards, all the way through today and the years to come. We cannot stop here though. There is so much more we can accomplish. We will do it not for the recognition, but because we are professionals and caring individuals that share a common thread - food and our desire to pass that on! Once again congratulations to all for your outstanding efforts.
Wow! That was just the beginning of May. After all that excitement, we shared the joy of celebrating our mothers and provided wonderful meals to thousands across southeast Michigan in our respective establishments. In May, Dorsey Culinary Academy hosted our meeting featuring a presentation by Clearwater Fine Foods. Thank you for such great evening! May then came to a close with the recognition of all our men and women that have served this country, past, present and future, along with our own personal heroes. Plenty of recognition, thank you and love is dedicated to all the individuals that have made sacrifices for all of us.
June does not start out any slower than May. As you read this, we will have had our annual Detroit Tigers Game and Tailgate Party at the DAC. The Annual Golf Outing and Chef of the Year Gala are also right around the corner. Please watch your mailbox and email for further information as it pertains to these upcoming events.
Enjoy your summer, the nice weather and great cooking! Here's a little something from one of America's best chefs:
"When you acknowledge what you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection comes clear; to make people happy. That's what cooking is all about." - Thomas Keller
Brian Beland, CMC, President, ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine