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U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year™

Drew Garms, Executive Chef
The Everglades Club

Palm Beach, Florida

The incredible headline out of Orlando at the National Convention. Congratulations Chef Drew on your amazing achievement and recognition from your fellow chefs.

The U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year™ award recognizes an outstanding culinarian who works and cooks in a full-service dining facility. This person has demonstrated the highest standard of culinary skills, advanced the cuisine of America and given back to the profession through the development of students and apprentices. This year, competitors had 60 minutes to create, cook and display four plates that best utilize the main ingredients of oysters, quail and hanger steak.

Meet The President

Chef Jeffrey Schlissel

Presidents Newsletter

Good morning to you all I would like to thank those that were able to attend the Holiday Dinner and Awards Event. We had a great time and some great food as well. If you haven’t seen on social media or haven’t heard who took what award well….

Educator of the Year Anthony Zottoli Member of the Year Mitchel Pagan Board Member Cassandra Appleman Culinarian Of the Year Paul Schebiel Chef Professionalism Drew Grams Member of the Year Mitchel Pagan Property of the Year Kravitz Center Catering by the Breakers Chairman’s Award CBI Chef of the year Joseph Watters

Not only did Chef Watters take the Chef of theYear Award but he will be competing to represent the Southeast Region in Atlantic City at the end of February. Chef Watters is also going for his CMC as well. Congratulations to Chef and his family. We look forward to see him win and represent this Chapter.

The Board will be meeting in early January to hash out a budget as well as a year long calendar so that you, the membership will know what is going on with events / workshops / quarterly meetings and such. If you would like to get your event on the calendar please contact me @ palmbeachacf@gmail.com. That’s right we have our very own email address now.

I would like to welcome and thank Chef Drew Grams CEC for joining the board as Certification Chair. Chef Grams will be helping Chef Jasa who has been doing a great job in his role. I would also like to welcome and thank Chef Emma Suarez Guardia and Chef Anthony Zottoli as Communication / Technology / Social Media Chair. Helping these two out is Chef Millie Sayegh our Chapters (offical) Photographer. As most of you know Emma has been helping out with the website and communications - I wanted to bring on Anthony to get our social media plan up and running to strengthen our presence online. This will help drive our membership and to help you, the membership know what is going on. Millie, is a fantastic Photofanatic and she has been sending in some great photos for the past year. I think she deserves the official title and I look forward to her story telling through her cameras “eye”.

If you would like to be apart of the board please email me @ palmbeachacf@gmail.com

2019 is fast approaching and the board along with myself wish you and your families a healthy prosperous Christmas and holiday season. Don’t forget about our next meeting, You Farm 16651 Rembrandt Road, Loxahatchee, FL 33470

Thank you Oh, and Happy New Year! Jeffrey Schlissel