VCA Upcoming Events

Monday, May 2
3:00 PM
Ward Oyster Company
6578 Jarvis Rd.
Gloucester, VA 23601

Saturday, May 28
VCA Apprentices at the Williamsburg Farmers Market in Merchants Square

Monday, June 13
3:00 PM
Waypoint Seafood & Grill
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VCA Apprenticeship Program

The American Culinary Federation apprenticeship training program has been designed to provide future culinarians entering the workplace with comprehensive training in the practical and theoretical aspects of work required in a highly skilled profession.

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VCA Logo Available For Embroidery

For members interested in having the official VCA logo embroidered on jackets, aprons, hats,
t-shirts etc. we have had our logo digitally loaded at "A Logo For You" located 100 Stafford Court, Williamsburg, VA 23188. They can also be reached at 757-220-9259. This way you don't have to pay the set up fee, only the embroidery fee. Just tell them you're a VCA member.


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2016 VCA Awards Dinner

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, the VCA held its annual Gala Awards Dinner at Waypoint Seafood and Grill in Williamsburg. This event honors those VCA Members who excel in perfecting their culinary craft.

This year we honor Chef Hans J. Schadler as VCA Chef of the Year.

Chef Schadler responded to his award with the following letter to the VCA.

To be recognized as the Virginia Chefs Association Chef of the Year is a great honor. Receiving such an acknowledgement from my peers is humbling, especially at this stage of my career.

I am reminded of the many important friendships and relationships I have made from this group of culinary professionals. These connections combined with the knowledge and experience I have gained through the VCA has had an invaluable impact on my life and career. Providing opportunities for new culinary professionals is as important today as it was when the association began decades ago. Our continued commitment to the next generation of culinary artists will keep our chapter strong for years to come.

The VCA and the culinary arts has been and always will be a part of me. I continue to be a proud member of such a one of the leading chapters of the American Culinary Federation.

Hans J. Schadler, CEC, AAC

Chef Schadler with the VCA Chef of the Year Trophy
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Chef Hans. J. Schadler
Tommy Leggett of York River Oysters won the Fresh Award.
(pictured below)
Chef Hans. J. Schadler
Cameron Garvey won the Apprentice of the Year Award.
Since 1974 the VCA has been promoting professional growth and education
of the Culinary Arts through various avenues including an apprenticeship program, educational programs, fundraisers, social events, and public awareness campaigns.

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WAVY 10 - Hampton Roads Show

October 17, 2014

Chefs Hans J. Schadler and Kyle Woodruff of Waypoint Seafood & Grill in Williamsburg, Virginia demonstrate how to prepare two dishes perfect for oyster season.

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CBS 6 - Virginia This Morning

August 7, 2014

Chef Travis Brust, Executive Chef at Williamsburg Inn cooked up a zesty Fresh Tomato & Micro Basil-Chèvre Flatbread.

To help wash down that tasty dish, Chef Travis also mixed up a Gin Smash cocktail.

VA Governor McAuliffe Recognizes VCA's 40th Anniversary

WHEREAS, the first chapter of the American Culinary Federation Virginia Chefs Association was founded in Richmond in May 1974; and VA Seal

WHEREAS, the Virginia Chefs Association continues to uphold the culinary vision and traditions established by its founding chefs - Werner Muench, Harmut Braun and Lloyd Garrard; and

WHEREAS, more than 110 chapter members - professional chefs, apprentices, students, associates and culinary enthusiasts - participate in educational programs, fundraisers, social events, and public awareness campaigns, dedicated to the culinary arts; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth acknowledges the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of the American Culinary Federation Virginia Chefs Association, and its efforts to further culinary professionalism, leadership, education, and community outreach in Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2014 as the 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGINIA CHEFS ASSOCIATION, and celebrate its mission of encouraging the development and advancement of the culinary arts in Virginia.

December, 2014

President’s Chapter Message

As 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the many accomplishments of our chefs and association this year...

First, there were many new, initial certifications this year indicating an association filled with accomplished and determined chefs. You remain an inspiration to our younger members and certainly raise the bar of professionalism.

Member Glenn Pruden, C.E.C., A.A.C. was admitted into the American Academy of Chefs this year at the National Conference. This is the highlight of one’s culinary career and an achievement of the highest measure.

The Chapter celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014. I am not aware of how many other chapters have reached this milestone; but after patting ourselves on the back, let’s remember the Charter Chefs who made this a reality. We are very fortunate to have those charter members with us today. Chef Nancy Geddes

The Virginia Chefs Association and Waypoint Seafood and Grill pulled together for a wildly successful fund raising event that benefited the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank. It was an unforgettable evening and certainly one of the high points of our year.

We had several unique chapter meetings celebrating the foods, time and talents of our farmers and friends. From the Berkshire hog farm in Surry, the tranquility of picking red raspberries at Agriberry Farms, our seafood symposium at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, classes in coffee tasting, pickling and canning and recently the chance to visit the new Taste food studio at Colonial Williamsburg. We are always on the move!

Finally, congratulations to Kyle Woodruff, C.E.C., your incoming Vice President and Jonathan Brown, our incoming Secretary. Your elected leaders give quite a bit of time and thought into guiding the Virginia Chefs Association. Chef Manfred will continue as our steadfast Treasurer.

I hope that 2015 will bring you and your families much happiness and continued health. As always, we will look forward to seeing you at our meetings.

Happy New Year!

Nancy L. Geddes, C.E.C., C.D.M., C.F.P.P.
Chapter President

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