Chef's Blog

February 8, 2017

Congratulations Chef Kent Andersen

from Minor's

Chef Kent Andersen, CEC, CCA, has been named the west region’s Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award winner by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) during ChefConnect: Chicago, Feb 5-7th.

As the ACF west region winner, Chef Andersen is now a finalist to receive the national award.

Chef Andersen, CEC, is the executive chef and CFO of the PRIME Restaurant Group, in Provo, Utah, which he has lead since 2001. At PRIME, Chef Andersen provides financial and business optimization consultation for clients in fine-dining, full-service, and fast casual dining sectors. Chef Andersen also serves as the chief culinary officer and CEO of the Blakent Brand Food Company and executive chef of La Jolla Groves Restaurants.

Most notably, Chef Andersen founded Malawi’s Pizza—a fast casual restaurant and manufacturing company. Its mission—to donate one meal to a child in need for every meal sold. To this date, these companies have contributed over 813,000 meals to underprivileged children in need.

Beyond his commercial endeavors, Chef Andersen has dedicated himself to the betterment of young culinarians, through his support of the Jeune Chefs Rotisseur competition, as well as coaching several youth completion teams— including VICA, Skills USA, Pro-Start, and the ACF. His professional accolades include numerous awards for his restaurants, medals for ACF food competitions, and the President’s award from the ACF Beehive State Chapter.

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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