2019 MCCA Chef of the Year Event

September 30, 2019 at Plum Hollow Country Club

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October 2019 Chapter Meeting

When: October 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Macomb Community College, 44575 Garfield Road Clinton Township MI 48038-1139

Parking: Free

Host Chefs: Scott O’Farrell, CEC, CEPC, CCA; Ray Hollingsworth, CEC

Presentation: The Cannabis Culinary Culture in Michigan by Jake Abraham, Managing Partner of Sticky’s

Cost: Members and students with ID $15; non-members and guests $20

Who’s Invited:

  • All ACF members, not-yet members, chefs, students and educators
  • All food service industry personnel
  • Members of Meadowbrook Country Club
  • Members of the Club Management Association of America
  • Members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • Other Allied Industry Association members including CCF, MRLA, DRLA, RCA, IFT, ISES, NACE, NACUFS

Jake Abraham, Presenter: Jake Abraham is a classically trained chef that studied and graduated from Schoolcraft College in 2002. Upon graduating at the top of his class he went to work with the Unique Restaurant Corporation as the executive Sous Chef of Duet and then on to Shiraz as the Executive chef.

Chef Jake then went on to run Seldom Blues and was the Executive chef when they were awarded the “Restaurant of the Year”. After working at many local area restaurants, Chef Jake started his own catering company and was the personal chef to Tom Gores, the owner of the Pistons.

Chef Jake has left the kitchen to pursue his passions in both gardening and cannabis. He currently is one of 43 legal vendors in the state of Michigan at Sticky’s in Ypsilanti. His is one of the mostly highly qualified experts in the state of Michigan regarding cannabis and the culinary arts.

November 2019 Chapter Meeting

When: November 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Oakland Community College

Parking: TBA

Meeting Host: TBA

Host Chef: TBA

Presentation: TBA

Cost: TBA

Who’s Invited:

  • All ACF members, not-yet members, chefs, students and educators
  • All food service industry personnel
  • Members of Meadowbrook Country Club
  • Members of the Club Management Association of America
  • Members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • Other Allied Industry Association members including CCF, MRLA, DRLA, RCA, IFT, ISES, NACE, NACUFS


Holiday Gingerbread House Challenge

Achatz Handmade Pie Co. (AHPC) invites all Michigan Culinary Students and Culinary Professionals to
enter our Holiday Gingerbread House Challenge. You will have an opportunity to showcase your exquisite culinary skills to the community by entering an edible Gingerbread House made from your choice of sweets and treats for a Grand Prize of $2,000, 2nd Place of $1,000 & 3rd Place of $500. Houses will be on display & open for viewing December 6th – 16th at our Troy pie shop. The edible gingerbread houses will be publicized by AHPC in a variety of channels including newspaper ads and social media. A panel of celebrity judges and ACF members will vote for each winner at an Award Ceremony hosted by AHPC.

We are proud to announce our new sponsorship partners this year: Guittard Chocolates, Star of the West Milling Co., and Dawn Foods. Because of their generosity, we will be able to offer various ingredients to assist in the concoction of your gingerbread house!

Rethink Cream Cheese

Calling all creatives and forward-thinking culinary artists! Savencia Cheese USA is holding an exciting competition to test your creative cooking skills. This competition will give you the opportunity to show off your talent with the innovative new Smithfield Pourable Cream Cheese from Savencia Cheese USA. Be in the front of a culinary revolution and rethink the way you use cream cheese!


Ford Field Project

Interested in working at Ford Field for Lions games, concerts and events and helping the Chapter raise money while getting paid? We are looking for qualified culinarians to assist us.

What we do:

We provide ServSafe Certified Culinarians/Chefs/Cooks to review each of the foodservice operations throughout the building during events. These operations are all run by non-profit organizations as fundraisers for their respective groups and they are generally not culinarians. We assist the staff at Levy Restaurants (Compass Group), the company that runs the foodservice operations at Ford Field, in coordination with the City of Detroit Sanitarians with insuring safe food service. Some of our more experience chefs also work in various culinary staff positions in the Hall of Legends and in the suites in action stations.

What you do:

  • Typically a 4-6 hour shift starting before each event and ending shortly after the beginning of the game or event. Some shifts may be slightly longer depending on your assignment.
  • Inspect booths and work with the volunteers to train and insure safe food service.
  • Work action stations.
  • Work on special prep for additional foodservice items.

What we require:

  • Current ServSafe Certification with strong knowledge of same.
  • Absolute work ethic. Due to the nature of this business, NO SHOWS are not tolerated.
  • Willingness to do whatever is assigned.
  • Solid culinary skills.
  • Professional appearance, specific attire required.
  • Must be a member of the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine.
  • Culinary students are welcome.

What we offer:

  • $125 is paid to the MCCA by Levy for Culinary Scholarships. The MCCA provides YOU a $75 stipend per shift.
  • Your work helps us raise funds for future scholarships.
  • You can stay and watch the balance of the game or event post shift.
  • MCCA logoed chef coat after working at least 3 events to wear at the games.
  • Opportunity to work with and see BOH operations of a world class organization.


Contact our Ford Field Project Managers:
Chef Charles Laurencelle, ucbrimar@hotmail.com
Dave Poirier, chefdave@mi.rr.com

How to apply:

Complete the following form:

Ford Field Project


Guy’s Grocery Games Casting

Calling all chefs and professional cooks! Guy’s Grocery Games is giving YOU a chance to win up to $20,000! Do you have the ability to make something out of nothing? Can your recipes prove as inventive as they are delicious? Is your personality as memorable as your food? This fast-paced challenge puts talented chefs and professional cooks to the test in the ultimate supermarket-themed showdown!

We are holding a nationwide search looking for outgoing, highly skilled chefs and professional cooks from all backgrounds. If you think you have the chops to make mincemeat out of the competition, you NEED to apply below!

We are also currently casting a few speciality episodes – please check out the list below.

SWEET & SAVORY TEAMS – Head chefs team up with their pastry chefs to create a main course and dessert in each round.

ARMED SERVICES EPISODE – In honor of Memorial Day, Guy invites four chefs from different branches of the military to compete.

FAMILY FACE-OFF – Four family members who are all chefs compete against each other to see who really is the best chef in their family!

PIZZA PLAYOFFS – The best pizza chefs in the country compete to see who makes the most unique and tasty pies.

GUY’S EGGS-CITING EPISODE – if you are great at cooking EGGS, this is the episode for you!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY – What if Christmas came twice a year? Well, in Flavortown it does! Chefs better be in the Christmas spirit for these festive games.

2019 MCCA Annual Chef of the Year Awards Gala and Golf Outing

When: September 30, 2019

Where: Plum Hollow Country Club, 21631 Lahser Rd, Southfield, MI 48033

2019 Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Show

When: October 15-16, 2019

Where: Suburaban Collection Showplace, Novi

2019 MCCA Holiday Party

When: December 1, 2019

Where: Steve & Rocky’s, Novi

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