Chef's Blog

March 1, 2017

Congratulations Chef Feraco

from Minor's

Chef Ralph Feraco, CEC, AAC, has been named the southeast region’s Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award winner by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) during ChefConnect: New York, Feb 27-28th. As the ACF southeast region winner, Chef Feraco is now a finalist to receive the national award.

Chef Feraco, CEC, is the executive chef at the Kensington Golf & Country Club, in Naples, Florida. He was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs in 2006, served as president of the Naples-area ACF chapter from 2005 to 2009, and is a member of the Naples Chaine de Rotisseurs.

Throughout his career, Chef Feraro has won a variety of culinary recognitions, including a gold medal at the 2008 & 2009 ACF Culinary Cups, gold and silver medals at the international Culinary Olympics, and Chef of the Year honors from the ACF Caxambas chapter (2004) and Long Island chapter (1995).

And yet Chef Feraco finds time to give back to the community and mentor future culinarians. He serves on the advisory board member of the Naples YMCA, CHEF program (Culinary & Hospitality Education Foundation), and Lorenzo Walker Community College. As chapter president of the Naples ACF, he established a student membership program. He also provides guidance to students preparing for Pro Start and ACF competitions, and is a frequent speaker at the Golden Gate High School Academy of Culinary Arts.

Find out who this year’s national Chef Professionalism award winner will be at the 27th annual gala dinner on Monday, July 10th during the ACF’s Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show in Orlando, FL, July 9–13, 2017.

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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