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September 15, 2014

Nominations Closing for Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Awards

from Minor's

Last month I had the honor of receiving the 2014 Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award. Today I’d like to invite you, my fellow chefs, to nominate someone you think embodies the spirit of the American Chef for the 2015 Chef Professionalism award.

Winning the Chef Professionalism Award has been the pinnacle of my career; above all of the different recognitions I’ve received in the past. Throughout my career I’ve been mentored by the kind of special chefs that truly wanted me to learn, excel and advance towards the professional I am today. Their teachings drove me to provide guidance and encouragement to the young culinarians around me— helping them to excel in their professional futures. My culinary journey has been quite rewarding, and I consider myself lucky.

I encourage you to take a moment to recognize someone you believe truly elevates the craft like Dr. L.J. Minor did some many years ago. Perhaps it’s someone who helped you get started early, like Chef Noble Masi, who provided me with the initial guidance and mentoring that took me down the path for I’m on today. Or maybe it’s a current colleague—someone who exhibits passion, integrity and the desire to learn or teach something new every day. The type of person who challenges and lifts others up to meet new professional heights.

Download an application form here. The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2014.

Guest blog entry from Chef Michael Garbin, CEC®, AAC®, of Naperville, Illinois, executive chef at the Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, was honored by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) with the national Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award.

The Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award honors culinarians who help elevate the status of chefs and cooks in the U.S. The award is presented to a chef who exemplifies the highest standard of professionalism through certification, continuing education and training, culinary competitions and community involvement. It commemorates the efforts of Dr. L.J. Minor to have the position of chef officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a professional.

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