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Apr 20, 2021, 3:27

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CMAA Announces Passing of Club Industry’s Leading Educator, Joe Perdue

Joe Perdue, CCM, CHE, the club industry’s leading hospitality educator, died in Atlanta on Jan. 19, 2015, after a long illness. He was 64.

Since 1986, Perdue had served as academic advisor for the Alexandria, Va.-based Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). Responsible for the initial development of CMAA’s Business Management Institute (BMI), Perdue coordinated more than 300 weeklong BMI programs for more than 10,000 managers. The Business Management Institute is a flourishing professional-development program that has become the most well-respected education initiative of the hospitality industry. Beyond the United States, Perdue developed professional education programs in China, South Africa, Europe and Canada.  

In addition to serving as academic advisor, Perdue held the positions of director of education and vice president for CMAA, where he was responsible for all professional-development and certification programs. He continued to have responsibility for overseeing CMAA’s BMI program and certification exam, study materials and certification review course.

Baker College of Port Huron Student Featured in National Parent Magazine

Gavin Pierce, a student at Baker College of Port Huron’s Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM), was highlighted in the Fall 2014 edition of Life with Teens, a magazine published quarterly by TeenLife Media for parents.

The article highlighted reasons to consider careers in trade professions and featured teens who have chosen to do just that. Pierce, a rising young chef, is a prime example. He is earning an associate degree in culinary arts at the CIM Port Huron and recently won a silver medal at a regional cooking competition.

“Gavin is an outstanding young chef, and displays a great amount of passion for the profession,” said Thomas Recinella, CEC, ACE, AAC, CIM Port Huron program director and COURSES Restaurant executive chef. “He enjoys engaging all five senses and blending his artistic work into the equation. That type of passion is unique, and I know that an impressive future lies ahead for him.”

CIA Provides Scholarships to Winners of NAACP Culinary Competition

For the third straight year, the winner of the culinary competition at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Academic Cultural Technology & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) will be enrolling at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Frehdee Gatewood of Houston, Texas, was the gold-medal winner at a cook-off held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas last summer. By winning the event, Gatewood earned a half-tuition scholarship to the CIA. She enrolls at the Hyde Park, N.Y., campus this month, majoring in culinary arts.

Last year’s gold-medal winner, Darrell Crawford of Chicago, is beginning his CIA studies in January 2015, as well. Karina Yepez, who won in 2012, is currently a sophomore.

Juleps Catering at Sullivan University Welcomes Chefs to Culinary Team

Juleps Catering at Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky., is pleased to announce the addition of chefs Laurent Vals and Jacquelyn Thompson-Lee to its culinary team.

Vals joined Juleps in October 2014. Previously, he worked in restaurants in Paris and New York City before opening his own hand-crafted chocolate company in Rhode Island. In 2014, he won the Dessert Cup competition and took fifth place for Chocolatier of the Year at the annual Pastry Live convention. Born in Paris, Vals received his culinary degree from l’Ecole Hoteliere du Moulin a Vent in 1986 and his pastry-chef degree in 1989. In his new position at Juleps, Vals oversees the day-to-day kitchen operations; coaches, mentors and guides catering interns; and develops new menu ideas while managing seasonal menus.

New Video Tour Shows How Ground Beef and Hamburgers are Made

Ground beef and hamburgers are two of America’s most beloved meat products, yet also among the most misunderstood when it comes to how they’re made. With that in mind, American Meat Institute (AMI) has developed a new video as part of its “Glass Walls” series featuring a tour of a processing plant that produces ground beef for several major restaurant chains. The tour is led by Birchwood Foods/Kenosha Beef president and CEO Dennis Vignieri, whose family has been in the beef business for nearly 80 years.

The video highlights the entire process of making ground beef and hamburgers and shows how beef trimmings are analyzed and ground into a specific lean-to-fat ratio that consumers enjoy and finally formed into patties that are packaged and sent to restaurants and grocery stores. More than half of the beef consumed in the United States is ground beef.

Olives from Spain Announces Winners of 2014 Student Recipe Challenge

Olives from Spain and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) have selected the winners of their 2014 Scholarship Competition and Recipe Challenge. The competition, open to CIA students in all three U.S. campuses, challenged students to submit recipes featuring Olives from Spain shown in innovative, versatile new culinary applications, from starters and tapas to flavorful entrees.

The inspiration behind the contest was to educate the future generation of culinary professionals on the benefits and virtues of sourcing Olives from Spain, the largest exporter of table olives worldwide. With a wide variety of presentation forms and varieties available, Olives from Spain are versatile, nutritious and work across many cuisines. While only three winners were selected, creativity and passion were demonstrated across all of the students' applications.

The Club Foundation Names Perdue Scholarship Recipients

The Club Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Joe Perdue Scholarships:

  • Zoe LaClair, Cornell University
  • Matthew Rodgers, Johnson & Wales, Charlotte
  • Patrick Reilly, Niagara University
  • Amanda Tidwell, Niagara University
  • Rachel Zilka, Niagara University

The Club Foundation established the Joe Perdue Scholarship in honor of Joe Perdue, CCM, CHE, a long-time educator and pillar of the club-management industry. The scholarship provides tuition support to students who are pursuing careers in club management. Since its inception, The Club Foundation has awarded 177 student scholarships totaling more than $320,000. Any individual who is actively seeking a managerial career in the club industry and is currently attending an accredited, four-year college or university undergraduate program may apply to The Club Foundation for scholarship aid.

Culinary Science Is Focus of CIA Display at New York Show

A sugar chandelier partially created using a 3D printer was just one of the components of the cutting-edge display The Culinary Institute of America entered in the 146th Salon of Culinary Art during the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York City on Nov. 9. Competing in six categories, the display earned five gold medals—including three “Best of Show”—and one silver medal.

Half of the CIA’s presentation consisted of culinary-science elements and the other half featured baking and pastry displays evoking formations found in nature. This year marks the first time the CIA used three-dimensional technology in its display, with some of the sugar work being produced on a machine from 3D Systems.

Culinary-science majors in the Advanced Concepts in Precision Temperature Cooking course prepared fish, meat and hors d’oeuvre displays, using hydrocolloids and cooking with sous-vide and controlled-vapor technology. Culinary-science instructor J.J. Lui said the display demonstrated the preparation of classical cuisine using innovative modern techniques.

Remembering Bressler of Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Calif., is mourning the loss of a beloved educator. Chef instructor Larry Bressler, 50, and his wife, Denise, 64, passed away on Oct. 13, 2014. Bressler was a longtime instructor and friend to many at Le Cordon Bleu, known as a kind, fun-loving person with as much passion and zest for music as he had for food. He was also the general manager of Chefs Center, a commercial kitchen-rental space that helped launch many successful local businesses. From 1995 to 2003, Bressler was chef and owner of 50-seat Gerard’s, a French bistro in Riverside.

News reports allude to a fatal stabbing of the Bresslers, allegedly by a family member.

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Educator Shular among ACF’s Newest Certified Master Chefs

Two chefs have joined the ranks of an elite group of Certified Master Chefs (CMC) following an eight-day exam from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2. The new Certified Master Chefs are:

Jonathan Moosmiller, CMC, executive chef, Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla.
Daryl Shular, CMC, director of education/executive chef, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta

The current number of Certified Master Chefs in the United States is 68 following the exam. The last exam was held in 2012 at The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y., and one chef out of seven passed. Candidates for the CMC exam must possess proficiency in a broad range of styles and techniques, and have the ability to perform for eight days under extreme pressure.

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