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July 25, 2016

Chef Dominick Laudia Named the Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award Winner

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Congratulations are in order! On July 17th, Minor’s® and the American Culinary Federation (ACF) honored Chef Dominick Laudia, CEC, AAC with the national Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award. The executive chef at the Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club in Boca Raton, Florida, Chef Laudia becomes the 27th Chef to earn this honor.

Chef Laudia learned his craft by working his way up—starting his culinary career in high school. He credits his ‘on the job’ training to an early mentor, the late Chef Emerson “Chuck” Lehner, who introduced him to the culinary world and opened doors to other experiences by hand picking other chefs to work for. Chef Laudia honed his skills through the ACF certification, a program he credits with opening doors to many career opportunities.

Keenly aware of how this informal mentoring program shaped his life, Chef Laudia goes above and beyond to continue the tradition of mentoring in his kitchen. In addition to training future culinarians in his kitchens, Chef Laudia serves as a member of the Community Academy Advisory Board at the Culinary Academy of West Boca Raton Community High School, Boca Raton. He has been involved with the high school as a mentor and coach for the competition teams for over 12 years.

The Chef Professional Award was named after Dr. L.J. Minor to recognize his efforts to elevate the Chef profession, including having the occupation re-classified with the U.S. Department of Labor from the ‘domestics’ category to the ‘professional’ category.

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