Chef's Blog

April 6, 2016

Congratulations Chef Kenneth Thompson

from Minor's

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

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

Chef Kenneth Thompson, CEC, CCA, is the chef/instructor at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. Previously, Chef Thompson served as executive chef at the Memphis Country Club, Memphis, TN; executive chef at the Evansville Country Club, Evansville, IN; and sous chef at the Cherokee Town and Country Club, Atlanta, GA. He has a bachelor’s degree in culinary management and ProChef Level III Certification from The Culinary Institute of America. Chef Thompson is an active member of the L’Ecole Culinaire – Memphis Campus Program Advisory Committee, Cordova, TN. He also served as student coach for the culinary arts program at Kingsbury Vocational School, Memphis, during the school’s local, state and national competitions. He is currently serving as secretary of ACF Louis Joliet Chapter.

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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