Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award

2018 Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award Application Form
(Application Deadline: September 30, 2017)

The national Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award is presented to the chef who exemplifies the highest standard of professionalism through certification, continuing education and training, culinary competitions and community involvement. It honors culinarians who help elevate the status of chefs and cooks in the United States.

The national Chef Professionalism Award was designed to commemorate the efforts of Dr. Lewis J. Minor, AAC; Louis Szathmary, AAC, HOF; and Lt. Gen. John D. McLaughlin, AAC. The combined efforts of these three ACF leaders helped achieve a long-sought goal for American chefs: official recognition of ACF executive chefs as professionals, reflected in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles.

Hotel and Travel Photos from the 2017 Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Dinner are available for download.


Ralph Feraco
2017 National Winner
Ralph Feraco, CEC, AAC

* denotes National Winner


Southeast - * Ralph Feraco, CEC, AAC
Central - J. Kevin Storm, CEC, CCA, AAC
Northeast - Scott Ryan, CEC, AAC
Western - Kent Andersen, CEC, CCA, MBA


Southeast - * Dominick Laudia, CEC, AAC
Central - Kenneth Thompson, CEC, CCA
Northeast - Timothy Recher, CEC
Western - Anthony Danna, CEC, AAC


Central - * Timothy Prefontaine, CEC
Northeast - Thomas Long, CEC, AAC
Southeast - Eric Karell, CEC, CCA, AAC
Western - Jay Marshall, CEC, AAC


Central - * Michael Garbin, CEC, AAC
Northeast - Americo DiFronzo, CEC, CCA, AAC
Southeast - Thomas Pepka, CEC, AAC
Western - Melody Money, CEC


Northeast - * James Connolly, CEC, CCA, AAC
Central - Kevin Brennan, CEC, AAC
Southeast - Christopher McCook, CEC, AAC
Western - Alan Chambers


Central - * Donald Miller, CEC, CCE, AAC
Northeast - Daniel Scannell, CMC
Southeast - Greg Mueller, CEC, CCA, WCC
Western - Urs Emmenegger, CEC, AAC


Southeast - * Russell Scott, CMC, WGMC
Central - Mark Webster, CEC, CCE, AAC
Northeast - Charles Gipe, CEC, AAC
Western - Anthony Danna, CEC, AAC


Central - * John Reed, CEC, CCA
Northeast - Douglas Patten, CEC, CCA
Southeast - Michael Rosen, CEC
Western - Aran Essig, CEC, CCA


Northeast - * Dale Miller, CMC, WGMC, AAC
Central - Fawzi Ottman, CEC, AAC
Southeast - Edmund Chinners, CEC, CCA
Western - Whitney Werner, CEC, CCA


Central - * Charles Carroll, CEC, AAC
Northeast - Rudolph Speckamp, CMC
Southeast - Hans J. Schadler, CEC, AAC
Western - Peter Hodgson, CEC


Northeast - * Michael Beriau, CEC, AAC
Central - Gregory Wozniak, CEC, AAC
Southeast - James Thomas, CEC
Western - David Goodwin, CEC, CCA, AAC


Western - * Joseph Eidem, CEC, AAC
Central - Ewart Jones, CEC, AAC
Southeast - Brian Sode, CEC
Northeast - Americo DiFronzo, CEC, AAC


Northeast - * Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, AAC
Central - Ernst W. Gruch, CMC, AAC
Southeast - Anthony L. Lauri, CEC, AAC
Western - Ray Delfino, CEC


Southeast - * Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, AAC
Central - Patrick Mitchell, CEC
Northeast - Joachim Buchner CMC
Western - Jesse Bartyzal, CEC, AAC


Southeast - * Derek Spendlove, CEPC, CCE, AAC
Central - Michael Carmel, CEC, CCE
Northeast - Rene Rawraway, CEC, CCE
Western - John Fisher, CEC, CCE, AAC


Central - * John Kaufmann, CEC, AAC
Northeast - Thomas Vacarro, CEPC
Southeast - Hiroshi Noguchi, CEC, AAC
Western - John Hui, CEPC


Western - * Bert P. Cutino, CEC, AAC
Central - Joel Tanner, CEC, AAC
Northeast - Phillip J. Cragg, CEC, CCE
Southeast - Jill Bosich, CEC, CCE


Northeast - * Alex R. Darvishi, CEC, AAC
Central - Bernard S. Urban, CEC, AAC
Southeast - Bernd M. Mueller, CEC
Western - Steven Kleinman, CEC, AAC


Western - * Siegfried Eisenberger, CEC, AAC
Central - Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC
Northeast - Gino Corelli, CEC, AAC
Southeast - Roderick Smith, CEC, AAC


Central - * Deborah J. Trudeau, CCE
Southeast - Frederik Lucardie, CEC, AAC
Northeast - Ronald R. Perkins, CEC, CCE, AAC
Western - Doug Schwartz, CEC


Southeast - * Clayton Sherrod, CEC, AAC
Northeast - Uwe Hestnar, CEC, AAC
Central - Denis Ellis, CEC, AAC
WEstern - Michael Pizzuto, CCE


Northeast - * Noble Masi, CEPC, CMB, AAC
Central - Robert Garlough, CEC, CCE, AAC
Southeast - Louis Perrotte, CEC, AAC
Western - Giovanni Joe Delrosario, CCE, CWC


Southeast - * Joseph Amendola, CEPC, CCE, AAC
Northeast - Phil Learned, CEC, AAC
Central - John Zehnder, CEC, AAC
Western - William Franklen, CMC, AAC


Southeast - * Johnny Rivers, CEC, AAC
Northeast - Edward Leonard, CMC, AAC
Central - Nick Marino, CEC, AAC
Western - Werner Zefferer, CEC, AAC


Southeast - * Walter Rhea, CMPC, CEC, CCE, AAC
Northeast - Nickolas Zakharoff, CEC
Central - Louis Jesowshek, CEC, AAC
Western - vStafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, AAC


Northeast - * Hartmut Handke, CMC, AAC
Central - Victor Gielisse, CMC, AAC
Southeast - Hans Schadler, CEC, AAC
Western - Walter Leible, CMC, AAC


Northeast - * Roland Schaeffer, CEC, AAC
Central - Roland Zwerger, CCE, AAC
Southeast - Reimund Pitz, CEC, CCE, AAC
Western - Michael Ty, CEC, AAC


Western - * Roland Henin, CMC, CCE, AAC
Northeast - Lisa Brefere, CEC, AAC
Central - Robert Lippert, CCE, CCC, AAC
Southeast - Kenneth Wade, CEC, AAC

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