Chef's Blog

February 8, 2017

Congratulations Chef Kevin Storm

from Minor's

Chef J. Kevin Storm, CEC, CCA, AAC, has been named the central 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 central region winner, Chef Storm is now a finalist to receive the national award.

Chef Storm, CEC, is the executive chef at the Bellerive Country Club, in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has lead a kitchen team of 25 since 1996. At Bellerive, Chef Storm has supervised hosting responsibilities for the club during the 2012 Senior PGA Championship, 2008 BMW Championship, 2004 U.S. Senior Open, and the 2001 World Golf Championship.

And Chef Storm is no stranger to competition himself, having won numerous awards from the ACF and the National Pork Producers, including the 2010 Chef of the Year from the ACF Central Region and the 2004 Chef of the Year award from the St. Louis Chefs de Cuisine. He has also received the ACF Presidential Medallion, in addition to placing 3rd at Expogast 2010 and receiving two silver medals at the international Culinary Olympics.

In February, Chef Storm was named assistant manager of The American Culinary Federation’s 2020 Student Culinary Team USA. In 2008, he served as coach of the Junior Team USA. In addition to competing and coaching, Chef Storm also serves as a judge, being certified by both the ACF and WACS.

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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