President’s Message:

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and staying cool as we battle the usual Washington-area heat wave. While July and August are typically slow months for chapter events, we still have a few items on the books that will interest you.

There are only two weeks left to register for some exciting contests in our market. Friends of the chapter, Diet-to-Go, is looking for chefs to contribute healthy recipes for their new menus. Selected winners will receive a cash prize. MINOR’S is offering a chance to win a trip to the Bocuse d’Or Competition in Lyon, France, and the MD Seafood Festival is hosting their annual Crab Soup Cook-off. Below are links to all of these events:

In the spirit of competing, the Baltimore chapter is co-hosting their annual culinary salon at the Restaurant Association of MD event in Timonium, MD September 27th and 28th. Contact show chair Rich Hoffman, CEC, AAC at: for more info on how to compete or volunteer.

For those in search of continuing education events, the Northeast Region Chef Educational Forum is in Cleveland, OH from September 30th through October 2nd. Contact Michele Gaw, AAC by August 30th at: to register for this exciting 3-day learning and networking opportunity.

Finally, the NCCA is accepting board nominations for our election in November. If anyone has a passion to serve for the upcoming 2017-18 term, this is the perfect time to get involved. Please let our chapter Secretary, Steve Ryder know who you wish to nominate and he will send you a form to fill out. I truly hope we will have a robust number of interested applicants this year. The only way we can thrive as a chapter is to have member engagement.

As you can see, we have tons of activities on tap for the fall season. We are updating the chapter website almost weekly to keep up with the events and job postings that keep coming our way. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the site and be sure check it and our Facebook page regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Happy Cooking,




Chris Britton, CEC

NCCA Chapter President