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March 24, 2016

Congratulations Chef Dominick Laudia

from Minor's

Chef Laudia, CEC, AAC, received the Southeast region’s Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) during ChefConnect: Atlanta, March 13-15.

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

Chef Dominick Laudia is executive chef at the Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club, in Boca Raton, Florida. No stranger to competitions, Chef Laudia was awarded an ACF President’s Medallion in 2003 and has received various ACF-sanctioned medals as a competitor and coach / mentor of junior competition teams. This is the second time Chef Laudia has received such an honor— he was awarded the chapter Chef Professionalism of the Year Award in 2014. Currently serving his third term as chapter president of ACF Palm Beach County Chefs Association, Chef Laudia and was named chapter Chef of the Year in 2001 and 2012. Additionally, 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.

Find out who this year’s national Chef Professionalism award winner will be at the 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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