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.
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.