President's letter September 2016 Print

    President's Letter

    CCPC Presidents Letter, September 2016

    Chef Reed

    My face is wind blown, my belly is full and my spirit is high! I just enjoyed a fantastic day at Kemper Lakes and the CCPC Inaugural Golf Tournament. What a great course and the experience was just as good from the Golf Staff and the Culinary Team lead by Chef Jared Claude. I encourage you to participate next year so we can fill the course and make this the annual event that brings together all the members of the CCPC community. Please let us know now so we can begin planning another great event.

    As for the Chapter, there are two major agenda items that I want to discuss. The first is that it is now time for the membership to elect the first official Board of Directors for CCPC. We have established an election committee chaired by John Draz, CEC, CCE, CRC. If you are interested for running for a position please email him at and submit a letter of intent. It is very important for us to continue all of the work we have done over the last 12 months to unite our membership and transform our chapter and its value in the Chicago culinary community. We have created a leadership structure that allows you to fit the responsibilities of chapter leadership into your busy schedule, while providing valuable CEH’s and personal growth opportunities. It is a very rewarding to help guide an organization of a growing 300 plus membership. Please take the time to volunteer and become part of the difference. There are also other openings for committees such as certification, membership, competition, culinary preservation and events.

    The second major item is the arrival of Chef Connect 2017 to the City of Chicago. The annual gathering of Chefs, Educators and Students is being held at the Chicago Hilton on February 5-7 2017. The Chefs and Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland Chapter is very excited to be the host for the event. This conference brings together professionals from all of the states of the Central and Western Regions. With that being said we are in need of the following:

    Local Vendors who want to have their brands in the spotlight

    • Energetic Volunteers to welcome guests and talk about the greatness of our city

    • Dynamic Chefs who want to show other chefs new techniques and teach something new and exciting

    • Great culinary teams to provide food bites from around our city

    • Students who want to help cook for the attendees and work with the great Hilton Culinary Team

    • Restaurants who want to fill their tables during restaurant week and welcome chefs into their culinary homes

     If you know of anyone who thinks that this would be a lot of fun and a great opportunity for them, please contact us at and find out how. All of these efforts don’t go unnoticed and ultimately help the chapter grow and survive as the fastest growing chapter in the country.

    Finally don’t forget about our Certification Workshop on September 20th at College of DuPage. Also join us for Oktoberfest at the Hofbrauhaus on October 3rd where you can raise a stein, enjoy a meal and call out a joyful “cheers” with all our members and friends. It is a great time. We are in the process of finalizing a educational chapter meeting for October. Stay tuned for details and keep up with all of our events at


    Please get engaged, help us down the finish line during this amazing transition and be proud of your membership in the ACF.



    Chef John Reed CEC, CCA

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