2016 Annual Golf Outing and Chef of the Year Awards Gala

Please join us for the 2016 Annual MCCA Golf Outing and Chef of the Year Awards Gala. Both events will take place on Monday, October 3, 2016 at Oakland Hills Country Club, hosted and presented by 2015 Chef of the Year, Sarah Rougeau, CEC, Banquet Sous Chef. Dessert course by 2015 Pastry Chef of the Year, Eric Voigt, Pastry Chef from Big Rock Chop House. All net proceeds will benefit the MCCA Education Fund.

Take advantage of the 20% Early Registration Discount until August 8th. Visit the registration page HERE.

2016 Chef of the Year Nominations

The nomination deadlines for our prestigious "Chef of the Year Award" have been extended to July 22. Please download and complete the forms below to nominate your candidate. This year's award dinner will be held Monday, October 3, 2016 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI, hosted and presented by 2015 Chef of the Year, Sarah Rougeau, CEC. We have many outstanding chefs, pastry chefs, educators and students within the organization. This is your chance to see that a deserving recipient receives due recognition.

President's Letter

July 2016

By the time everyone is reading this we will just about be half way through the summer season already. The above normal hot weather is apparently not happening as predicted, which if you ask me, is a great thing. From talking to the vendors it sounds like most properties are having an excellent summer revenue wise.

It is with great sadness that I need inform the association that Reid Ashton, owner of the famed Golden Mushroom, passed away after a short battle with cancer. In addition to overseeing one of the most successful restaurants in Michigan, Reid also served on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association and Michigan Restaurant Association and was given honorary board status. He was a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, the Orde Mondial des Gourmets Degustateus, and was in charge of fund-raising for the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Michigan Culinary Team. In 1990, Mr. Ashton received the highest honor awarded by his peers the Michigan Restaurant Association "Distinguished Service Award". I was honored to work for him at the Mushroom and I believe my understanding of the business side of the kitchen started by listening to him speak. From all of us in the association and board of directors I say Rest in Peace Mr. A.

This month is the American Culinary Federation National Convention: Cook.Craft.Create in Phoenix, Arizona. During the convention there will be a very important vote on new National bylaws. The Board of Directors of the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association have had many conversations and will be leading the way on many questions that have been raised not only by us at our convention in Hawaii but also by many other chapters around the States. I will have updates and results next month.

Also at the convention, as a reminder the MCCA won the Central Region Chapter of the Year Award and now our chapter is a finalist for the prestigious National Chapter of the Year Award. Additionally, Chris Misiak, CEC, CCE of Schoolcraft College also won the Central Region Chef Educator of the Year award and is now one of the four finalists for the National Chef Educator of the Year.

Please visit our website soon for tickets for the Annual Chef of the Year Awards Gala and Golf Outing, both to be held at Oakland Hills Country Club, hosted by reigning Chef of the Year Sarah Rougeau, CEC on Monday, October 3, 2016. The 20% Early Registration Discount continues until August 8th. With this being our largest fundraiser of the year and now one of the most exciting culinary activities each year, please don't wait because the foursomes and dinner are filling quickly and this event is first-come, first-served, and will sell out soon. We have ended up with long wait lists each of the last three years.

Speaking of the Awards Gala, we have extended the deadlines for nomination for the 2016 Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Student Chef of the Year and Educator of the Year until July 22nd. The competitions will take place at Dorsey Culinary Academy - Pontiac Campus on Tuesday, August 9th.

Please have a safe holiday and restful summer. And just think - the next President's letter you read we will be in football season already. GO BLUE!

Brian Henson