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March 29, 2018

Congratulations Chef John Selick, Northeast Regional Winner of the Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award

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Chef John Selick, CEC, CCA received the northeast region’s Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) during ChefConnect: Charlotte. As the ACF northeast region finalist, Chef Selick is now a candidate to receive the national award.

Chef Selick is the senior culinary manager at Sodexo Healthcare Services for University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. His previous ACF honors include the 2014 Chef of the Year award from the ACF Cleveland Chapter, where he currently serves as president. He is also a World Certified Executive Chef through the World Association of Chefs’ Societies, and a member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Pittsburgh, Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of Chicago and Disciples of Escoffier. His passionate support of philanthropic includes work with the March of Dimes, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Autism Speaks.

Want to learn more about what drives Chef Selick? 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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