First, a shout out to chef Glenn Humphrey of the Arizona Culinary Institute. From first hand knowledge, he has been a huge influence to many culinary students and chefs through his career and very well respected among his peers. Not as widely known as others on the Lifetime Achievement award nominations list yet very worthy of the award as well in our eyes. Congratulations to all and to Joe Johnston as well. It’s unfortunate that there is only one inductee of this award as there are so many good people doing great work in Arizona.
From Lauren Saria, Phoenix New Times- The Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 winners. The list includes honorees in four categories: best chef, restaurateur, beverage master, and lifetime achievement.
See also: Here Are the Winners of the 2013 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame
The awards have been presented annually by the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and the Scottsdale League for the Arts for more than two decades and are meant to “honor culinary forward-thinkers as well as hospitality movers and shakers for their dedicated passion and contributions to the realm of culinary arts.” As always, the nominees were chosen by a voting body of peers, chefs, mixologists, organization leaders, board members, food critics, and food and beverage organizations.
See also: Here Are the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame 2014 Nominees
Here are the 2014 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame winners:
Chef of the Year: Aaron Chamberlin (St. Francis & Phoenix Public Market Cafe)
“The chef presenting the most breakthrough menu while offering outstanding execution across the board.”
Restaurateur of the Year: Craig DeMarco & Lauren Bailey (Upward Projects)
The restaurateur who exhibited exceptional operations, expansion (if applicable), and community development.
Beverage Master of the Year: Micah Olson (Bar Crudo)
The mixologist, beverage director, or sommelier who exhibited outstanding leadership behind the bar or in the wine cellar.
Lifetime Achievement: Joe Johnston (founder of Agritopia, Joe’s Real BBQ, and Joe’s Farm Grill)
The person who has exhibited long-term excellence in the Arizona culinary industry.
This year’s inductees will be honored at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Wine Country Brunch on Sunday, April 13. They will each be presented with an Ed Mell-designed trophy and will receive $500 to be donated to the charitable organization of their choosing.
Source: Phoenix New Times Blog
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March 16, 2014, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Arizona held the annual Awards Breakfast where Arizona culinary students are awarded scholarships. C-CAP Founder Richard Grausman, C-CAP President Susan Robbins and C-CAP Arizona Director Jill Smith awarded $500,000 in scholarships and cash awards to thirty high school seniors during the awards ceremony hosted by the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale.
Former Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills player, John Fina, presented the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 and Dairy Council of Arizona $5,000 scholarship to Alhambra High School senior Noel Renteria. Students from Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix and Surprise were among the winners at the event. Local competitors Christopher Owens, North High School was awarded the CIA Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Associates and a CIA Community College Stipend valued at $51,800; Courtney Clardy was awarded the Art Institute of Phoenix Scholarship valued at $50,000 and Emily Spriet of the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) received the Art Institute of Colorado Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Associates valued at $43,830. Gustavo Alegria of North High School was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Classic Cooking Academy in Scottsdale. Michael Ritcheson of Glendale High School won a partial-tuition scholarship to the Arizona Culinary Institute supplemented by a James Beard Foundation Scholarship and employment at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.
Scholarships awarded ranged in value from $2,000 to $104,000 to attend local culinary schools and some of the most prestigious culinary schools in the country including: the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Johnson & Wales University, Monroe College, the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institutes, Le Cordon Bleu, Arizona Culinary Institute. Students also received scholarships from organizations including ACF Chefs Association of Arizona and Les Dames d’Escoffier Phoenix Chapter, Slow Food, Mark Tarbell Scholarship and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Scholarship, C-CAP/American Institute of Cancer Research Super Foods Dessert Contest Scholarship.
Some students also received cash awards to help defray the costs of books, supplies, housing, and other expenses while at community college or another culinary school.
In addition, employment opportunities were awarded from Canyon Ranch and Westin Kierland Resort and Spa.
On March 16 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, 30 finalists representing Arizona public high schools competed against the clock when (C-CAP) re-created the intensity of a four-star restaurant kitchen for the high school seniors to face off in a savory and sweet challenge. Within a two-hour time limit, each competitor prepared from memory, a two-course French meal — Sûpreme Poulet Chasseur avec Pommes Château (Hunter’s Chicken with Turned, Sautéed Potatoes) and Crêpes Sucrées with Crème Pâtissière and Sauce au Chocolat (Dessert Crepes with Pastry Cream and Chocolate Sauce).
The students were then judged on the presentation of the dishes, knife skills, techniques in the kitchen, taste, sanitary food handling, and timeliness by professionals working in the industry including:
· Glenn Humphrey, C.E.C., C.C.E., Arizona Culinary Institute
· Brian Dragos, E.C., Nestle Food Service
· Alan Zeman, Rational USA
· Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Cafe/Barrio Queen
· Amy Binkley, Binkley’s/Cafe Bink
· Frank Belosic and Lee Hillson, The Phoenician
· Jared Porter, The Parlor
· Jelani Port, private chef
· Lenard Rubin, The Wigwam Resort
· Christopher Masco, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
· Howard Pierceall, CEC, Sysco
· Richard Grausman, Founder of C-CAP and Susan Robbins, President of C-CAP
The C-CAP Cooking Competitions for Scholarships are the culmination of the C-CAP year-long program for underserved teenagers at risk of leaving high school without job or college prospects. The C-CAP program offers direction, a set of useful skills, scholarships, and the potential for a fulfilling career in a growing industry.
2013 ARIZONA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS LIST
Casa Grande High School CAVIT
Eyrricka Prescott, Monroe College Full-Tuition for the Bachelors, $48,192
Mykel Zankl, C-CAP Education Scholarship, $2,000
Vista Grande High School CAVIT
Kenny Wietholter, Lee Hillson Scholarship, $4,000
Flagstaff High School CAVIAT
Emma Frain, Johnson & Wales Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Bachelors, $104,448
Perry High School
Zackariah Giusti, Beau MacMillan Scholarship, $4,000
Cactus High School West-MEC
Caroline Reilly, Art Institute of Las-Vegas Half-Tuition Scholarship for the Associates ($26,145), C-CAP Education Scholarship ($1,000), Total: $27,145
Glendale High School West-MEC
Jaycob Evans, Heavy Medal Scholarship, $3,000
Michael Ritcheson, Arizona Culinary Institute Partial-Tuition Scholarship ($5,000), James Beard Foundation Scholarship ($3,750), Employment at Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Total: $8,750
Maricopa High School CAVIT
Jessica Stansbery, Central Arizona Presidential Scholarship ($2,000), C-CAP/AICR Super Foods Dessert Contest Scholarship – 3rd Place ($2,000), Getting Our Just Desserts Scholarship ($2,500), Total: $6,500
Canyon del Oro High School Pima Co JTED
Nichole Carpenter, Art Institute of Tucson Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Associates, $43,290
Payson High School NAVIT
Levii Lopez, Le Cordon Bleu Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Certificate, $19,200
Autumn Parrish, Le Cordon Bleu Full-Tuition for the Associates, $36,200
Liberty High School West-MEC
Samantha Rudolph, C-CAP Education Scholarship, $2,000
Katie Watson, Mark Tarbell Scholarship, $2,000
Alhambra High School
Noel Renteria, Fuel Up to Play 60 Scholarship, $5,000
Courtney Clardy, Art Institute of Phoenix Scholarship, $50,000
Michelle Gero, Arizona Culinary Institute Partial-Tuition Scholarship ($5,000), EVIT Mystery Chef Scholarship ($4,000), Total: $9,000
Emily Spriet, Art Institute of Colorado Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Associates, $43,830
Brenda Fernandez, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Scholarship, $4,000
Ernesto Gutierrez, ACF Chefs Association of Arizona Scholarship, $3,000
Joselyn Iniguez-Gonzalez, C-CAP Education Scholarship, $3,000
Gustavo Alegria, Classic Cooking Academy Full-Tuition Scholarship, $15,000
North Canyon West-MEC
Christopher Owens, CIA Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Associates ($51,800), CIA Community College Stipend ($750), Total: $52,550
Margie Ortega, C-CAP Education Scholarship, $2,000
Sarah Cotten, Barbara Fenzl Scholarship, $3,000
Andrew Hills, C-CAP Education Scholarship (in Honor of Barbara Colleary), $2,000
Valley Vista West-MEC
Logan Murphy, Heavy Medal Scholarship, $4,000
Flowing Wells Pima Co JTED
Sulema Contreras, C-CAP Education Scholarship, $2,000
Santa Rita JTED
Jason Garcia, C-CAP Education Scholarship (in Memory of Tracy Fierros), Canyon Ranch Employment, $2,000
Debra Kitchens, Les Dames d’Escoffier Phoenix Chapter ($2,000), Slow Food Scholarship ($1,000), Employment in Tucson area restaurant, Total: $3,000
Source: C-CAP, INC
April 24, the Arizona Restaurant Association, (ARA) is holding their at the Foodist Awards Dinner at the Monetlucia Scottsdale. An evening for the Arizona honors restaurant, companies and people, the best in the industry. [Read more..]
Thursday, April 24
6 PM Cocktail Reception & Registration
7 PM Dinner & Program
4949 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ
The 2014 Foodist Awards nominees:
• Sam Fox, FOX Restaurant Concepts
• Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey, Upward Projects
• Joe Johnston, Joe’s Real BBQ/Liberty Market
• Charlene Badman, FnB
• Cullen Campbell, Crudo
• Gio Osso, Virtù
• Stephanie Teslar, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and Hotel Palomar
• Andrew Record, Kadence Restaurant Group (Tucson)
• Micah Olson, Bar Crudo
• The Vig
• Upward Projects
• Community Kitchen
Emerging Restaurant of the Year
• The Henry
• The Original Chop Shop
Outstanding Restaurant Concept
Outstanding Food Truck
• Hao Bao
• Lobster Lady
• Nogales Hot Dogs
Outstanding Multiple-Location Restaurant
• Postino Wine Café (pictured)
• Pita Jungle
• Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House
Best Dish “Steak”
• Bourbon Steak
• Donovan’s Steak & Chop House
Bio of Chef Juan M. Martinez
Culinary Arts Instructor with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Scottsdale for 11 1/2 years.
Holds Three Certifications: Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Educator, Approved Certification Evaluator.
ACF member, Vice-President, 2012, 2013, Arizona Chapter AZ033.
Certification Evaluator throughout Arizona, Judging student events with EVIT, FCCLA, Robert Bland Salon
Started ACF JR. Committee at Le Cordon Bleu and mentors the leadership board in organization, planning and building a network to include other schools with similar interests in the culinary field.
Organized Scholarship Fund Competition October 2013,LCB Scottsdale
Le Codon Bleu Crystal Apple Award Recipient 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011
Living the Vision Award Le Cordon Bleu 2012
Personal Commitment to teaching: Positive reinforcement results in positive progression. Passion with action stimulates teaching and learning.
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