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March 29, 2018

Congratulations Chef Peter Hodgson, West Regional Winner of the Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award

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

Chef Hodgson is the executive chef for Chartwells Higher Education Dining Service at the University of Utah. After becoming the youngest executive chef at the Canberra-Rex Hotel at age 24, he served as an executive chef in hotels, resorts and oilrigs across Australia and England. Since settling in Salt Lake City, he has received many accolades including the 2003 and 2004 ACF Chef of the Year awards, the Salvation Army’s Nourishing Neighbor Award in 2014, and the 2017 ACF Cutting Edge Award. He has been a chef mentor for the Utah ProStart Program since 2003, and was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs Honor Society in 2011. Hodgson is currently the vice president of the ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter, formerly serving as its board chair and president.

Want to learn more about what drives Chef Hodgson? 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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