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March 29, 2018

Congratulations Chef Kevin Brennan, Central Regional Winner of the Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award

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

Chef Brennan is the executive chef of the Detroit Athletic Club in Detroit, Michigan. This mark Chef Brennan’s second time being named a finalist; he was also recognized as the Central region winner in 2013. Chef Brennan is an accomplished culinary competitor, earning gold and silver medals in ACF-certified events throughout his career, and was named ACF Chef of the Year in 1989 and 1999. A member of the ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine chapter since 1984, Brennan has served on the organization’s board as president, vice president and treasurer, and as a member of the chapter’s Apprenticeship Committee.

Want to learn more about what drives Chef Brennan? 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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