From The President

October 2014

WOW! That is about all I can say coming out of our Chef of the Year Gala and Annual Golf Outing hosted by 2013 MCCA Chef of the Year Daniel Vallone, executive chef and the entire Team at Oakland Hills Country Club and 2013 MCCA Pastry Chef of the Year Richard Wolfram, CEPC, pastry chef at Orchard Lake Country Club along with a brigade of volunteer chefs and students from many of the local schools. What a top notch day of breakfast, Bloody Mary's, golf, lunch, prize ceremony, golf dinner, reception, hors d'oeuvres, dinner and after party! Phew...very well done! In addition to this being our most successful event ever, we even had our first ever $10,000 Hole-In-One by Ryan Swan of Great Oaks CC.

None of this would ever happen if we didn't have such great support from all our vendors to make this a huge success. And of course we would never have any events like this if we didn't have the best chapter in the country being supported by all of our active members. Thank you! This was the largest ever Golf Outing and Awards Gala in our history with every single ticket completely sold out weeks prior to the event. Thank you to each and every individual that helped make this day such a huge success. Congratulations to all of our Nominees that were recognized for our various Awards and special Congratulations to our 2014 MCCA Chefs of the Year:

  • Chef of the Year - Andrew Sayes, CEC from the Townsend Hotel
  • Pastry Chef of the Year - Amy Knoles from Country Club of Detroit
  • Educator of the Year - Sue Baier, FMP from Oakland Community College
  • Student of the Year - Jill Tucker from Culinary Institute of Michigan, Baker College
  • Associate Member of the Year - Michael Schafer, Esq., CSW, CCTP, The Wine Counselor
  • Honorary Members of the Year - James Rigato from The Root Restaurant, and Joe Vicari from The Joe Vicari Restaurant Group
  • Vendor Recognition of the Year - Chef Source

Many of our winners and nominees that qualify will be submitting applications to apply for the ACF Central Regional competitions with the support of our new American Culinary Federation Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Chef - Pastry Chef - Educator - Student of the Year Awards Competitors Scholarship, Gordon Food Service - Title Sponsor. We wish all those chefs the best as they work to move on to regional and ultimately national competitions!

This is an upcoming election year for the MCCA Board of Directors. At the September meeting we announced and opened the floor to accept nominations for all elected, voting positions including Chairman, President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and three Trustees. Eligibility for some of the positions require prior experience in another elected board officer's position first. If you have any questions on what each job or elected office entails, don't hesitate to ask a member of the current board. Nominations were accepted through September 26th and we will proceed with our next steps in presenting the slate and voting this October. Thank you to all that presented nominations. Watch your email for the upcoming slate and the ballots. Also, we solicited letters of interest and commitment from the membership for any committees that you may be interested in participating in. We will continue to accept those through the end of the year. We only get bigger, better and stronger as an organization with your commitment to help. The magic does not happen when you write your membership check, the real magic happens when you get involved.

Our October 12th and 13th Sous Vide Class with Richard Rosendale, CMC sold out very quickly after the September newsletter came out. If you were unable to make this event please let me know and if we have enough demand there may be an opportunity to bring Chef Rosendale back for another class. If you were unable to make this class, please be sure to be at the October meeting at Oakland Community College as Chef Rosendale will be the Educational presenter that evening with a topic of "The Ripple Effect and the Contagious Nature of Passion."

The ACF-MCCA is also deeply involved this year with the Michigan Restaurant Association Convention hosted at The Suburban Showplace Collection in Novi, Tuesday, October 14th and Wednesday, October 15th. Chef Rich Rosendale will be staying in town one more day to kick off the MRA Show as the keynote speaker and will also be in town for a review of the ACF Sanctioned Competition that will take place on the Show Floor on Tuesday. This will include a complete display and final evaluated practice run by the Michigan Culinary Team that is leaving for the Villeroy and Boch Culinary World Cup at ExpoGast Luxembourg in November. Our newest Honorary Member and Bravo's Top Chef Contestant, Chef James Rigato of Root Restaurant will be doing a live culinary presentation at the MRA show as well. And Doug Ganhs, CEC, ACE, our chairman of the board and past Food Network Competition winner will be leading a fruit and vegetable carving demonstration. Please come out and support Chef Rosendale, all of our participating members as well as the MRA and the vendors that support us. Preregistration is FREE for ACF members that register before the end of business on Thursday, October 9th HERE and use the code: ACF2014.

Finally I would like to send a special Thank You to Chef Alex Young and his team from Zingerman's Roadhouse and Zingerman's Cornman Farms for putting together a great evening and chapter meeting presentation at the newly opened Cornman Farms property in Dexter. A very special evening was provided to become engaged with the workings of the farm, the growth and use of unique and rare heirloom species of all kinds of products from flour, corn, hominy, tomatoes, herbs, vegetables as well as hogs, goats and breads from the Zingerman's Bakery and delicious cheeses from the Zingerman's Creamery. Thank you for your support and having us out!

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