Chef's Blog

April 6, 2016

Congratulations Chef Anthony Danna

from Minor's

Anthony Danna, CEC, AAC, received the Western region’s Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) during ChefConnect: Hawaii, April 3-5.

As the ACF Western region recipient, Chef Danna is now a finalist to receive the national award.

Chef Anthony Danna, CEC, AAC, is the executive chef of Astor House at Springbrook Oaks in Newberg, Oregon. Chef Danna’s experience includes executive chef positions at two other Holiday Retirement communities. In 2000 and 2013, Danna received ACF President’s Medallions. He also received the ACF Western Region Chef Professionalism Award in 2011. Danna is an active volunteer in his community, serving as chairman of the Bite of Oregon to benefit Special Olympics Oregon since 2006. He is a member of ACF Pro Chefs Oregon, was named chapter Chef of the Year in 1999 and 2015 where has served as chapter president since 2011.

Find out who this year’s national Chef Professionalism award winner will be at the 27th annual gala dinner during the ACF’s Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show in Phoenix, AZ, July 15-19th.

Established in 1990, the Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award is presented annually to a chef who exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism through certification, continuing education and training, culinary competitions and community involvement. This honor was named for Dr. Lewis J. Minor, food scientist and founder of Minor’s®, who tirelessly worked to elevate the Chef profession.

In 1974, during the ACF Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, keynote speaker Chef Louis I. Szathmary challenged the Department of Labor’s classification of Executive Chefs in the “Domestic, Services” category along with maids and butlers. Joined by Lt. General John McLaughlin, Dr. L.J. Minor championed the re-classification of Executive Chefs into the “Professional, Technical, and Managerial Occupations” category in the Dictionary of Official Titles with the U.S. Department of Labor. By 1977 they had succeeded, and their efforts changed the professional image of American Chefs. Since 1990, Minor’s has sponsored the Chef Professionalism Award to commemorate this achievement and continue support of the chef profession.

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