Minneapolis ACF Chapter Recognizes Chefs, Culinary Students
Amid courses of lamb sausage cassoulet and smoked beef tenderloin with blackened compound butter and herb potato pavé, the Minneapolis ACF Chapter hosted its annual Chef of the Year Awards Dinner at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine January 24, honoring its respected chefs and their achievements along with those of local culinary students.
Chef Robert Velarde was named the 2015 Chef of the Year, while Jeremiah Lanes was recognized as the Student Culinarian of the Year.
Velarde, the kitchen manager at Concord Elementary in Edina through Chartwells School Dining Services, joined the ACF in 1997. Velarde became a certified executive chef in 2006 and is now the certification co-chair for the chapter.
“Becoming a certified executive chef has opened job opportunities for me, as well as earning the respect of my peers,” he said. “Employers are looking for certified chefs because they know that certification means a benchmark of skills has been met and the applicant has the drive to succeed.”
Several other chefs also received awards:
Nathan Sartain—Educator of the Year
Daniel Cleary—CHEFFY Award
Aaron Kneeland—CHEF Award
Daniel Harrison—Unsung Hero Award
Scott Parks—Steady “Eddie” Award
Daniel Cleary—Little Oscar Award
Angelo Montes—Most Valuable Chef
Board of Governors Awards
John Van House
Scholarship Chef Coats
Jeremiah Lanes received scholarships from American Fish & Seafood and Toby Tournament.
Anna Dzyubanyuk received scholarships from Colleen M. DeMars Fundraiser and Toby Tournament.
Lanes and Dzyubanyuk also received chef knife sets from Hormel Foodservice.