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March 29, 2018

Congratulations Chef Joe Alfano, Southeast Regional Winner of the Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award

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Chef Alfano, CEC, AAC, received the southeast region’s Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) during ChefConnect: Newport Beach. As the ACF southeast region finalist, Chef Alfano is now a candidate to receive the national award.

Chef Alfano is the executive chef of Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay Water Theme Park. He has been heavily involved with the ACF for over two decades and has served the Central Florida Chapter’s Board of Directors in several roles, including chapter president. Chef Alfano is an ACF and Catersource gold medal winner, and was awarded his chapter’s Chef of The Year honor in 2010. In his current role, Chef Alfano works with many young culinarians and has dedicated himself to helping the next generation of chefs hone their skills and advance in their careers.

Want to learn more about what drives Chef Alfano? Watch his video.

Find out who this year’s national Chef Professionalism award winner will be at the 28th annual gala dinner on Monday, July 16th during the ACF’s Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show in Orlando, FL, July 15-18, 2018.

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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