2017 ACF Chef of the Year Gala
President, Derek Small opened the evening with Chapter Recognition Awards
Barry Melotte accepted the Purveyor of the Year Award for Melotte Distributing
Brad Hammen accepted the Friend of the Chapter Award for WRA, Milwaukee Chapter
Brian Taborski, Chapter Member, accepted Friend of the Chapter Award
Lisa McKay, Chef and Child Director, accepted Steady Eddy of the Year Award
Venue of the Year award for DanDan, will be delivered to Chefs Dan and Dan
Chef Doug Leonhardt recognized generous dinner sponsors
Empire Fish Company
Wisconsin Beef Council
Special guest, ACF National President, Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC shared his inspirational message Shaping the Future of the American Culinary Federation.
President Derek Small, presented the President's Award to Kathy Hopp, ACF Executive Director
And the moment we were all waiting for......
Chef Nicolas Ramos gave the bios of the three nominees.
Chef Doug Leonhardt
Chef Derek Small
Chef Matthew Susienka
Chef Derek Small, 2017 Chef of the Year