Chef's Blog

March 1, 2017

Congratulations Chef Scott Ryan

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Chef Scott Ryan, CEC, AAC, has been named the northeast region’s Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award winner from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) during ChefConnect: New York, Feb 27-28th. As the ACF northeast region winner, Chef Ryan is now a finalist to receive the national award.

Chef Ryan, CEC, is the executive chef at The Country Club, in Cleveland, Ohio. Chef Ryan also serves as the chapter president of the Cleveland-area ACF, is a member of the Pittsburgh Chaine de Rotisseurs, and serves well as an advisory board member of the Cuyahoga County Community College culinary school, Pro Start, and Beachwood High School vocational school.

During his career, Chef Ryan has competed in, and won, several ACF and NICA sanctioned competitions, the pinnacle being his second place finish in the 2014 Global Chef’s Challenge world finals. An inductee to the American Academy of Chefs, he has also earned the distinction of being named Chef of the Year by the ACF in 2012, the ACF Cleveland chapter in 2011, and the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association in 2006.

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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