President’s Letter – February 2017

President’s Letter – February 2017

Fellow chefs and cooks, 
Well the holidays are past us and a new year has begun. 

Our chapter is off to a great start to a new year. The January meeting was Hosted by Chef John Woods CEC and Villages High Culinary Academy. As always, Chef Woods had an amazing and informative educational session featuring German Pretzels using original techniques and Lye. The lye helps make the pretzels crisp and a beautiful golden brown. He cooked them in their brick oven. Truly a treat and everyone left full of wonderful food and more importantly new knowledge. We also had some Chefs we haven’t seen in a while John Betsy and Mike Mays it was a great night of fellowship as well.

We also had our first annual raffle for a super bowl party and Dan McAlley, a teacher from Leesburg High won. He and 12 guests are having a catered party for the game Feb 5th.

All the food was donated from Dave Andrews a Food Broker. 

Pictures after party to follow. Although we didn’t hit the goal I set we still raised over 700.00 dollars for our chapter.

Our next scheduled monthly meeting is February 13th hosted by Chef Nicole Austin and Eustis High. The education portion is our second annual student skills relay. A great practice for upcoming Pro Start and SKILLS USA contest.

Mount Dora High are the reigning champs and we look forward to see if the other schools teams can step up. 

In closing, our chapter continues to stay stable with members and our account also stays stable, but my dream is to grow and make a difference. With so much change in education and uncertainty we as Chefs need to truly step up and teach the younger generation. Our knowledge and experience is more valuable then we often realize. 

The American Culinary Federation is a great organization and each of us can and should help to secure our future for the next generation. I know we each become busy and time is valuable but many of our members do teach culinary and continue to miss opportunities for their students’ future. Not promoting meetings and instilling professionalism and pride along with networking to these young men and woman truly is wasteful. Not to mention the ACF and other organizations are the only voice Vocational programs have. 

I challenge our members to bring a new student each meeting help secure our future not only as a chapter but as a career we hold dear.

Give these students a chance to set new connections and prepare for their career with the best possibilities. 

We’d also like to congratulate Gary Klinefelter for his induction into the American Academy of Chefs! Great accomplishment for a wonderful Chef! Well done!

Chef John G Bell CEC

President Gulf to Lakes

Lead Culinary Evaluator

Cutting Edge Award 2016

Instructor Culinary Arts

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