President's Letter-Summer 2016 Print

    President's Letter

    President’s Letter – Summer 2016

     Chef Reed

    To the members of CCPC, I hope you are enjoying a memorable summer. This is a slow time of year for chapter activities. Our members are hard at work in their businesses, enjoying vacations and spending time with family, as we get ready to welcome a new school year. 


    However, the board of CCPC has been hard at work both at local and national levels. We take our responsibility seriously and have been hard at work organizing and planning some great opportunities to learn and network with the Chicago Culinary Community this fall!


    I want to begin by saying that I am pleased to announce, a great opportunity for the organization on a national level. If you haven’t heard, CCPC is the host chapter for the 2017 Central and Western Regional Conferences. Chef Connect 2017 will be held in Chicago February 5-8th. ACF Chef’s from 34 states will be joining us here in Chicago. In addition, the ACF will be returning the Regional Competitions salon to the conference, which will be held prior to the conference so the competitors will have the opportunity to participate in the educational and networking events. This will be a time to show the attendees what Chicago Hospitality means and a chance for our membership to showcase our talents on the presentation stage. Over the next few weeks, we will be coordinating the planning efforts and asking for our members to participate as presenters, sponsors, volunteers and to serve on the planning committee. Please take advantage of these opportunities. Let others know about your talents and passion for our industry by being involved.


    I was fortunate to represent our new chapter at the Board of Governors’ meeting at the ACF National Convention in Phoenix. At that meeting, we approved the next budget and accepted nominations for the next Internal Audit and Ethic Committees.  I would like to thank Chef Tom Ryan, CEC, CCA for his time as out-going Chair of the Internal Audit Committee and all of the work he has devoted to the committee over the last 6 plus years.  I would also like to thank Joe Aiello, CEC, AAC for his work on the National By-Laws committee. In addition, it was announced that the ACF and National Restaurant Association have entered into an agreement that will recognize ACF Certification as the gold standard in the industry. This renewed relationship is a long time coming and a great exposure for those among the organization who have committed to the certification process. 


    Whenever there is the mention of Kendall College at the National Convention, it is usually great news. Though they fell slightly short of a National Championship at the Knowledge Bowl, they received a 6th gold medal over the last 7 years they have competed. This is an unprecedented run and Chef Dina Alteri, CEC, CCE should be given a round of applause for what she has done for the students and reputation of the school.


    On a local level, we have just announced several major events for the fall to help raise scholarship funds for our junior members.  Our first event will be the Inaugural Golf Tournament at renowned Kemper Lakes Golf Club on September 12th and hosted by Chef Jared Claude. Please see our website for registration and sponsorship opportunities.  Come out for a round of golf and meet the members of your chapter and the foodservice community. If you don’t play, we also have dinner only tickets. 


    We will be following up with Oktoberfest on October 3rd and Trash Talk in partnership with Midwest Chapter of FCSI on October 20th. This is a great opportunity to meet others in the industry and earn CEH’s. We also have other events such as the AAC dinner, Chefs Hall of Fame Event, Dinner with an Icon as well as educational opportunities in the pipeline.


    With the announcement of the NRA/ACF partnership will be holding our next Chapter Meeting with a focus on Certification and the announced changes to the CEC Practical Exam.  Thereafter will be hosting a Certification Practical for those who are interested in adding ACF Certification to their resume. The dates and location of both with be announced within the next few weeks. Please keep up to date with all of these events through our Social Media, Website and Email announcements. 


    A lot of work goes into organizing these events and we are always looking for help to make your chapter an active and worthwhile endeavor. The goal is always to provide you the membership, a great return on your dues and participation by providing great opportunities to have fun, network, educate yourself and improve your professional career.


    Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you on the links!


    John Reed, CEC, CCA

    Interim President CCPC



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