CCPC President's letter March 2017 Print

    President's Letter

    Chef Reed

    CCPC President’s Letter March 2017


    I want to thank everyone who supported, planned, volunteered and attended Chef Connect 2017 in Chicago February 5-7 at the Chicago Hilton. The attendance was above expectations and the reviews were tremendous. Special thanks go out to Rosemary Tate (Chapter Administrator) for keeping the planning on track and Tony Gomez (Treasurer Elect) for recruiting and coordinating the volunteers over the three days. During the conference, CCPC was awarded a Chapter Achievement Award and received special recognition for hosting the conference. I think that is a pretty remarkable achievement of chapter and to have accomplished this in its first full year of new life is cool!


    As for the future, I hope everyone will attend the Installation Event at Kendall College on March 20th at 6:00PM. Our host Chris Koetke, CEC, CCE, AAC of Kendall College and our sponsors Sysco and Food Industry News are very excited in the evening planned. We hope that the evening will be fun, and exciting as we award chapter awards for CCPC Chef, Pastry, Chef, Educator and Student Chefs of the Year. We are also installing the newly elected board under the Presidency of Jesse Cobb Jr. CEC, AAC. I am looking forward to Jesse and his board in moving forward with excellent events and educational opportunities in the coming term. The board will be looking for our membership to get engaged in planning committees and active participation in Chapter Events such as meetings, family picnic, the golf tournament and other activities throughout the year.


    As we transition to the next phase in the long history of the ACF in Chicago, I want to thank our members and associates in the culinary community for the support that I have been given during my time serving on the elected board. The names have change but the spirit and strong commitment to the ACF will continue as we take pride in our membership. It is the active participation in the chapter and recognition of its members that makes CCPC strong and an asset in your professional career. After serving for 8 years, I am excited about the leadership and organization. Your new board is energized, professional, and committed to the membership and your professional growth.


    As this is my last president’s letter, I want to thank my family for allowing me the time to serve and be active on the board. My path moving forward will allow me to focus on other ACF goals such as continued certification, supporting the 35-year tradition of AAC events in Chicago and archiving the history of the ACF and the great chefs who have served our organization and the very fortunate diners of Chicago. Our city’s chefs have worked hard to make our city one of the best food cities in the country and I looked forward to preserving and telling that history.


    I hope to see you all at Kendall on March 20th and have a great month.


    John Reed, CEC, CCA, Certified Cicerone

    President Chefs and Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland

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