WASHINGTON STATE CHEFS ASSOCIATION 
FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER

Leading the Northwest's Culinary Arts
 into the 21st Century through
Professionalism, Education & Community Service
  
In This Issue
Message from WSCA President Tony Parker
March Board Meeting
Molecular Workshop - Feb 2015
Emily's Corner: A Student Forum
ACF Salon Competition - May 2015
Scholarships

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE FROM TONY PARKER

 

    

WSCA President
Tony Parker CEC, ACE

February 2015

 

Greetings Culinarians and Associates,
 

Presidents Awards Dinner

 

Our annual president's awards dinner was February 9th at Cedar Brook Lodge and was well attended. Find more info on the event page. Look for pictures on the webpage next week. 

Congrats to the Award Recipients:

Humanitarian of the Year: Bates Technical College

Presidential Medallions: Jeff Pratt and Michael Baldwin

Allied Members of the Year: FSA, Peterson Co. and Bargreens

Professional Chef of the Year: JJ Meland

Student of the Year: Emily Romnes

Chef of the Year: Tamas Ronyai

I would like to take this time to give special thanks to Mark Linden for the help and support he has given me this year. The board members and chair positions that take time from their lives to make this organization run are extremely appreciated. I thank all of you who help support the association.

 

American Academy of Chefs Induction

 

Three of our chapter's chefs have been approved for induction into the American Academy of Chefs at the ACF National Convention in August. I know from personal experience that it is not an easy process and takes commitment for years in order to acquire the necessary criteria to be accepted into this prestigious organization. Chef Michael Baldwin, Chef Dan Lewark, and I(Chef Tony Parker) have the honor to represent our chapter in August at the National Convention and be inducted into the AAC.

 

February 28th Events

 

There are two events taking place on February 28th this month. Both are very important and I would not want to miss either one of them. The first is the annual ProStart Invitational sponsored by Boyds Coffee. It is being held at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. It is a High School culinary competition and over 30 schools will participate in the competition. If you have never been to a ProStart competition I would highly recommend it. The finished plates these high school students put out is simply amazing. It starts early in the morning and ends in the evening with the awards. 

The second event is our chapters educational segment: Molecular Workshop. It is being held at Renton Technical College. It is being presented by Tim Koerner. It will have hands on and classroom style presentations with spherification, emulsions, foams, and nitrogen freezing and more. It starts at 8:30am and runs until 12:30pm. Please look on the website for reservation information. This is one that does not come along often. 

New Student Corner Section

Please take the time to read our new Student Corner section in the newsletter by Emily Romnes: Ready, Set.....Practice!

More Coming Events
  • Our March board meeting will be held at Bates downtown campus from 4-6pm.
  • Our April dinner will be the Bite of Apprenticeship at RTC.
  • Our May board meeting will be at Le Cordon Bleu in Tukwila.
  • The Culinary Salon Competition will be held May 16 & 17, 2015 at Bellingham Technical College.
  • Our June meeting is Food Truck Wars - Location TBD  

 

Enjoy the fantastic weather here in Washington and see you all at the Bite of the apprenticeship in April. 
 

 

Join us on WE ARE CHEFS and FACEBOOK

 

Tony Parker CEC, ACE

 

"Don't sweat the little stuff, it will all work out in the end" 

 

Washington State Chefs Association Website

 

 

MARCH 2015 BOARD MEETING ONLY


MARCH 2015
Board Meeting Only

Date:
March 9th, 2015

Location:
Bates Technical College Downtown Campus
1101 S. Yakima Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405
 
Times:
4-6pm  

To make a reservation, 
visit the Meetings page.



 
MOLECULAR WORKSHOP
 

Date:
February 28th, 2015

Time:
8:30am - 12:30pm

Location:
Renton Technical College Cafeteria

Benefiting:
Professional Culinarians
Student Culinarians

This educational seminar is available to Professional Chefs and Student Culinarians. This is a hands on approach to Molecular Gastronomy. Attendees will have the opportunity to use various ingredients, tools and techniques in molecular work.
 
To make a reservation, e-mail Michael Baldwin at mbaldwin@btc.ctc.edu.
  
For more information,
 

 

EMILY'S CORNER - A STUDENT FORUM

 

  Ready, Set....Practice!

By Emily Romnes

All Washington Culinarians are practicing frantically for Salon Competition. Everyone's spare minutes are filled with plating diagrams and rushed trips to butchers and fish mongers.

Well, maybe not everyone's spare minutes. Some ask why they should spend time and money and run themselves ragged? And drive all the way up to Bellingham... I mean Bellingham, how inconvenient!

The truth of the matter is you don't spend time and money on competition, you invest time and money. One competition might pack a whole semester of learning in it. You gain mastery of a dish; you become able to execute it under pressure with style. As one chef put it, "cooking is a performance that's why you practice it."

This is when your real training begins. After you have developed your dish, picked it apart, and dreamed about it like a love sick teenager, you show it to the world. Five chefs will judge your masterpiece.

In those moments of mental anguish you learn about yourself. I guarantee something will go wrong and then the "fun" begins. What you forgot on your timeline or in your meze is suddenly obvious, can you handle it? You are pushing yourself to go faster, to be more efficient. Just as you feel in control of the situation, the floor judge calls, "your window is open for plating." Then you learn to curse and pray simultaneously.

You performed your piece and now you get to drink the bitter cup of critique. Out comes the pocket notebook and Cuisine 101 begins. The critique will split everyone into one of two categories: those who will improve and those who don't want to. After all the panic, pain and even hints of glory, no one want to be told they screwed up. But bear in mind that the judges have 40 years of experience on you and once the adrenaline wears off, you will agree with them wholeheartedly.  Once you realize that, you can only get better. You add to what you know and take copious notes on what you don't.

Those judges give you more than just a critique; they give you a lesson in humility. They are your teachers that are willing to do what others won't: tell you the truth. Respect them; they take time out of their busy lives to help you, to give back to the culinary industry. Give them the chance to do so.

Education is like a braised lamb shank: whatever you put in at the start flavours the whole dish. Arrogance and laziness will always leave you with nothing but bitterness, but going that extra mile always pays off.


 

ACF SALON COMPETITION



STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
Are you a culinary student? Looking for some green?

Our local American Academy of Chefs and our ACF Washington State Chapter student scholarship applications are available online. To find out when our next scholarship will be awarded and the application due dates please visit the scholarships page on our website for details.

 

 

CONTACT US

 

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have ideas for the association. 

Visit the WSCA Contact page to find contact info for the Association as well as each WSCA officer.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Tony Parker
Washington State Chefs Association

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
2015

 

February 28th, 2015

Molecular Workshop

By John Koerner Company
Renton Technical College 


February 28th, 2015

ProStart Invitational Sponsored by Boyd's Coffee
McGavick Conference Center Clover Park Technical College
Click for details... 

 

March 9th, 2015

March Board Meeting
Bates Technical College
Downtown Campus 

 

April 2015

Bite of Apprentice
Renton Technical College

 

May 11th, 2015

May Board Meeting

Le Cordon Bleu
Tukwila, WA 

 

May 16th & 17th, 2015

Culinary Salon Competition
Bellingham Technical College

 

June 2015
Food Truck Wars
Site TBA

 

MORE EVENTS

 

Visit the
WSCA Coming Events page for more event details...


 

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2015 WSCA OFFICERS
PRESIDENT
Tony Parker CEC ACE

VICE-PRESIDENT 
Dan Lewark CEC CCA

TREASURER
Jeff Pratt

SECRETARY
Janet Shaffer CWPC

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Mark Linden CEC AAC

BOARD MEMBERS
Charles Ramsayer
JJ Meland
Michael Baldwin CEC CCE
Tamas Ronyai
Brandon LaVeille
Jennifer Sohonie CEC

TRUSTEES
Jim H. Douglas CEC CCE AAC
Walter Bronowitz
 CCC CEC AAC
John Fisher CEC CCE AAC
Chris Plemmons CEC AAC
Karl Hutter

CHAIR POSITIONS
& COMMITTEES

Membership Chair
Lori Taylor
Co-Chair
Gary Fuller CEC CCE AAC

Education Chair
Jennifer Sohonie
Co-Chair
Dan Lewark

Chef & Child Chair
Brandon LaVielle

Culinary Salon Chair
Michael Baldwin
Co-Chair
Tamas Ronyai

Certification Chair
Jeff Duncan
Co-Chair
Janet Waters

Sergeant at Arms
Steven Schrader CCA

Apprentice Coordinator
John Fisher

Photographer
Holli Yu

Food Truck Chair
JJ Meland

Food Truck Committee
Gary Fuller CEC CCE AAC
Stephanie Branica
Matt Dimeo
Maria Ancira

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To find contact info for any of the WSCA Officers,
please visit the
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MEMBER NEWS
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

2013

-FEBRUARY- 

JENNIFER SOHONIE

2012

-OCTOBER-
 
MATTHEW DIMEO
-JUNE-
 
CHRIS BOWENS
-MAY-
JEFF PRATT
-APRIL-
 
RICH HILL

-MARCH-
HILDE KORSMO

 

2011

-JANUARY-
 
KRISTA NAKUMURA

-FEBRUARY-
 
KARL HUTTER

-MARCH-
LINDA STRONG

-JUNE-
 
BRUCE BONHOLZER

-AUGUST-
 
JEFF DUNCAN
-SEPTEMBER-
DENISE FARKAS
-OCTOBER-
STEVEN SCHRADER
-NOVEMBER-
MICHAEL BALDWIN
-DECEMBER-
TONY SUMPTER


 2010

-JANUARY-
TAMAS RONYAI
-FEBRUARY-
STEFANIE BRANICA
-APRIL-
JANET SHAFFER CWPC
-MAY-
DAN LEWARK, CEC ACE
-JUNE-
ROB NATHE
-JULY-
SHARLENE GREENDYK
-SEPTEMBER-
KEVIN BLAYLOCK
-OCTOBER-
CHRIS PLEMMONS 
-NOVEMBER-
WALTER BRONOWITZ 
-DECEMBER-
HOLLI YU 

 

2009

-JUNE-
NANCY BEAUCHAMP

-SEPTEMBER-
JOSH SCHIESSL
-OCTOBER-
MARK LINDEN CEC AAC
-NOVEMBER-
TONY PARKER CEC
-DECEMBER-
JOHN FISHER
CEC, CCE, AAC