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Our local restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit financially from the COVID-19 pandemic. Great Lakes Hotel Supply and the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association have partnered to create this Local Love campaign to help our struggling Detroit area restaurant industry.  

Great Lakes Hotel Supply is a foodservice equipment dealer based in Southfield, MI. Founded in 1933 and family owned, Great Lakes has been fortunate to work with many Detroit Area restaurants, offering culinary design, equipment procurement & installation, and total project management for any size kitchen. 

The Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association is the largest chapter of the American Culinary Federation in the country. The ACF sets standards of excellence in culinary certification and competition.  This chapter was formed by Chef Milos, who has the distinction of being the first Certified Master Chef in the country. He is considered the culinary “father” of the Detroit culinary scene in many ways as most of our local chefs have either been trained by him or by one of his apprentices.  

This Local Love fund will raise money to help Greater Detroit area restaurant, bar, and hospitality workers & owners who are struggling financially, have experienced loss of income or a job due to the COVID-19 pandemic closures and restrictions.   

100% of all funds raised will go directly to individual workers or business owners in need.*

No matter the position, front of the house, back of the house, busser, host/hostess, line cook, or business owner, we want to help by giving money directly to those that need it. We know so many people are struggling to pay rent or mortgages, utility/phone bills, or even to provide their families with basic necessities.   

Restaurant and bar workers take care of us in normal times – now it’s our turn to take care of them!

Help us help our local restaurant industry survive this extremely difficult period. Together, we can make a difference in our community.  Any amount helps and we thank you sincerely for your consideration. Please show your LOCAL LOVE and do your part to make sure your favorite restaurant is there for you and your family and friends when the pandemic smoke clears!   

The  American Culinary Federation Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association, Detroit Chapter is our non-profit partner and will disburse all monies fairly to recipients. Our goal is to disburse funds on a monthly basis, with the first distribution the week before Christmas. 

We established 2 tiers of funding – one for a sole proprieter/business owner to utilize funds to keep their business going, and one for employees to use in whatever way helps them best.  We will distribute to as many people signed up as possible based on the total number of donations received.  Donations will be awarded on a first come first served basis. Fundraising will continue until March 1, 2021.

Our goal is to give $2500 each to registered and approved business owners, and $500 each to individual employees. Eligible businesses must be registered in the State of Michigan. We reserve the right to alter the donation amounts for large chains or restaurant groups.


All individual employee recipients must be enrolled by their employer. Each business must complete and turn in our Business Agreement form which outlines conditions for participation, as well as an Employee Enrollment form and/or a Sole Proprietor Enrollment form.

To enroll your establishment or your employees as recipients of this fund, follow the instructions below to submit the completed forms. Please follow these steps to avoid a blank document being submitted!

  1. Click download button. Document should download as a document tab at the bottom of your web browser. It will also open as a web page in your browser.
  2. Either drag the document as it appears in bottom of browser to your computer (desktop, folder, etc.) or from the opened web page, click on the download icon in top left of window and save to the preferred location on your computer.
  3. Open document from your preferred saved location and it will open into your pdf program.
  4. Complete the document and click on save.
  5. Upload your saved document with the Upload link below.

Thanks to our media partners, Burke Video, for donating resources toward this project, and to Kelevra Ideas for donating resources toward developing this web page.

*Less fundraising expenses not to exceed 10% of donations.


When: Monday February 8th

Where: Virtual

Meeting Host:

Host Chef: Mike



“Chef Bobby” joins forces with Great Lakes Hotel Supply and the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association (MCCA) in offering live on-line cooking classes to raise money for the

 Local Love Detroit Campaign. 

Chef Bobby and MCCA Chef John Miller, CEC, CCA, PC2, AAC, will offer on-line real time cooking classes for donors to the Local Love Detroit Campaign on January 31, 2021, and February 2, 21021 via Zoom.

 The online classes will be a fun and personal way to connect to other home chefs and gain real-time access to Certified Executive Chefs while supporting a fund designed to get much needed

money into the hands of Detroit Area restaurant owners and their staff who have been decimated by the pandemic restrictions through NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.   100% of donations (less admin. fees not to exceed 10% of donations) will go directly to the local hard working restaurant owners and their staff who have been either furloughed or have reduced hours or tips due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.  

There will be 3 tiers of participation, based on individual donation amounts.

$25.00 or more will provide a link to the online cooking presentation,

$200.00 or more will provide a link to the online cooking presentation as well as a basket of ingredients needed to participate in cooking, and a

$250.00 or more donation will include the prior plus a bottle of wine selected by the Chefs presenting the class.

 Chef Bobby will appear on February 2, 2021, and Chef John Miller and his ‘Sous Chef’ daughter, Sloan, will feature a family friendly cooking experience geared toward young chefs!

 All of us in the Detroit Area have enjoyed our local restaurants and bars over the years and now it’s our time to return the favor by helping them survive the pandemic-imposed economic crisis.



February  MCCA Chapter Meeting – 

When: Monday February 8th

Where: Virtual 

Meeting Host: 

Host Chef: Mike


Farm Field Table, Mike and Matt Romine are on a mission to deliver tastier, more humane meat

Cost: Members and all students with ID $15. Non-members and guests $20

Who’s Invited:

  • All Culinary & Hospitality Professionals, Students, Vendors and Friends



Ford Field Project

nterested 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


Why wait?

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