So humbled and proud to share. This evening I was awarded by the American Culinary Federation as their “Chef Professional of the Year.” This recognition was voted on and presented by my peers in the ACF, industry chefs, culinarians, educators and food service professionals in Michigan. What an incredible evening at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts!!
I love and am so passionate about this craft, and work everyday to set an example of what it means to be a chef professional. So much to be proud about in the year past, but even more to be excited about in the year ahead! With that said, while this award is infinitely appreciated, it fails to properly recognize the dozens of brilliantly-talented folks I am blessed beyond words to be surrounded by, work with and learn from everyday, both here and from sea to shining sea.
In particular, I’m grateful for the friendship and mentorship of ACF Chapter President, Chef Shawn Kohlhaas – the true definition of what we each aspire towards as culinary professionals. Additionally, it’s important to note that many oars to row big boats – I’m grateful for the work of the best PR Firm in the industry, The Lisa Ekus Group, and my infinitely-talented business agent, Jaimee Constantine. Last, but far from least, thank you to the countless organizations, charities, media partners and clients at home and abroad, who entrust me with the food they put in their body, their brand position and messaging, professional content development and unique culinary experiences served from farm to fire and fire to table – you have offered me a platform to create, share and do what I love most – again, and as always, thank you!! -David