I have been a member of the American Culinary Federation since 1981 in various state chapters including New York, Ohio, Florida and Michigan. Upon graduating from the culinary program at Bay Arenac Career Center, I attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York finishing with perfect attendance. I recently received my degree in Education from Ferris State University, graduating with high honors. I was also voted most outstanding student in technical education for 2009-2010 by the faculty and administration.
I have had various opportunities to further develop my professional expertise as the Food and Beverage Director for the Georgia Governor Zell Miller, the Director of Food and Beverage for the Great Pacific Cruise Line in Seattle, WA, owner and Executive Chef of Chefs on the Run restaurant and catering company and most recently Culinary Instructor for the Bay Arenac ISD Career Center. This has allowed me to master my personal culinary style and gain vast experiences in the industry with the most rewarding being the ability to train and guide the up and coming culinary professionals of tomorrow. This guidance includes not only the development of my students but also includes the mentoring of professional chefs throughout the country throughout my culinary career. During my ten years as a culinary instructor, my students have received numerous awards including eighteen state titles and two National Championships in Skills USA culinary and leadership competitions. As a result, my students have earned scholarship money for future education. As an avid participant in culinary events across the state, I have helped raise several hundred thousand dollars for charitable causes like Cystic Fibrosis, Bay Regional Foundation, Brian’s House, Do-All, Camp Catch a Rainbow and the Literacy Council.
My highlights and accomplishments over the last few years have included:
- Featured on NBC’s the Dr. Oz show in a low sodium challenge. I was selected in a nation wide search for the perfect challenge candidate and the Dr. Oz producers ended up selecting me. With exceeding expectations of the challenge, I was able to inspire millions of Americans to also reduce salt intake in their diets and educate them on how salt can affect health. Another positive outcome was an overwhelming interest in my No Salt – Reason to Season spice blend I developed during the challenge. As a result, I am working on marketing my No Salt – Reason to use as an alternative to salt and promote a healthier diet.
- Keynote speaker for Delta College’s educators and administrator’s professional development day featuring nutrition and sustainability.
- I was one of 60 ACF chefs selected by the national ACF National office to participate in Michelle Obama’s roll out of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative at the Whitehouse in Washington D.C.
- Featured on the cover of the June 2010 edition of the ACF Sizzle Magazine,
- Selected to speak at the 2010 American Culinary Federation National Conference in Anaheim, California in August regarding the importance of healthy eating and the reduction of salt in your diet.
- Participated in the ACF Chef and Child community service event at Hermosa Village in Anaheim CA teaching underprivileged families on nutritional choices and cooking demonstrations. Received the ACF presidential pin for my efforts
- Formed our Wellness Team at the Bay Arenac ISD Career Center which is a collaboration of school administrators and staff, students and community member to promote healthy lifestyles for future generations. Current project deliverables include:
- Creation of a community garden: produced over 3500 pounds of vegetables in which we donated to various shelters throughout Bay, Saginaw and midland counties.
- Community Wellness Fairs: was attended by over1300 students and staff.
- Nutritional Cookbook
- Development of Nutritional lesson plans for elementary, middle and high schools
- Our team nutrition effort is featured on the cover and inside story of Culinary Educator Magazine 2010 autumn edition.
- Appointed for a three year term by ACF President, Michael Ty to represent the Central region as one of three chefs on the Presidential Chefs Move to Schools task force.
- Recipient of the National 2011 FENI Secondary Educator of the year award.
- Volunteered for numerous ACF local events including: the Flint Farmer’s Market cooking demo, the Frankenmuth Auto Fest, Hosted ACF monthly meetings.
- Chef Andy’s Team nutrition and his efforts for Chefs move to schools has been recognized by The Dr. Oz show and rewarding his culinary program with $10,000 and $3,000 worth of kitchen equipment to continue his teaching of healthy lifestyles.
- Chef Andy’s team nutrition and his efforts for Chefs move to schools was also recognized by Hidden Valley Ranch and the Cooking Channel’s “From the Kitchens of Hidden Valley”
- Selected as one of five ACF chefs nationally to film the new sustainability videos in Miami Florida for the ACF certification program 2011.
- Selected as one of five ACF chefs nationally to be invited to the White House in December 2011for his efforts for Chefs Move to schools.
- Written up several times in Culinary Review and Sizzle magazine for his culinary efforts.
- Selected to facilitate at the ACF Central Region Conference in Detroit Michigan in April.
- Little League baseball coach NWLL 5 years.
- Voted ACF Chapter Chef of the Year 2011/2012 for the Flint/Saginaw Chapter of Michigan.
- 2014 Joined Windover High School as the Culinary arts Instructor.
None of this would be possible without the support of my family and the culinary community. I have been married to my wife Sherri for over thirteen years. We are very proud of our young family, raising twin boys, Thomas & Tyler (TNT), and daughter Sophia.