PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College culinary arts students and faculty were recently honored for exhibiting academic and professional excellence at the highest level as the Maumee Valley Chefs’ Association local chapter of the American Culinary Federation recognized both culinary students and professionals during its 35th Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner at the Toledo Club.
As a culinary society, the Maumee Valley Chefs’ Association local chapter of the American Culinary Federation recognizes and honors members, associate members and friends of the association who, in one manner or another, enhanced its operation throughout the year.
The Maumee Valley Chefs’ Association awarded multiple student scholarships to deserving and aspiring culinary professionals. Owens student Dawn Thayer of Toledo received a $1,500 Northwest Ohio Restaurant Association Scholarship, while Owens student Amy Morford of Toledo garnered a $2,500 Hollywood Casino, Toledo, Scholarship. Morford also was awarded the Aspiring Culinarian of the Year for her activism within the local chapter and aspirations of becoming an executive chef and earning American Culinary Federation certification.
In addition, Owens Food, Nutrition and Hospitality Assistant Professors Gretchen Fayerweather of Maumee and Bill Powell of Findlay earned Chef of the Year and Educator of the Year honors, respectively, for their commitment and dedication to the organization through outreach and service. Owens Community College received the Friend of the American Culinary Federation-Maumee Valley Chefs’ Association Award for its collaborative efforts toward the Maumee Valley Chefs’ Association.
The annual dinner is coordinated by professionals and aspiring culinary professionals, including Owens, Penta Career Center, Maritime Academy of Toledo, Whitmer Career and Technology Center, and Clay High School Career Technical representatives, within the Maumee Valley Chefs’ Association. All proceeds from the event benefit scholarships presented to students by the Maumee Valley Chefs’ Association.
The Maumee Valley Chefs’ Association is comprised of chefs, cooks and aspiring culinarians from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who are committed to providing a variety of professional development opportunities and scholarship assistance to food service professionals and culinary students living in the region. Established in 1976 as a charter of the American Culinary Federation, the Maumee Valley Chefs’ Association is engaged in a variety of charitable causes, including food preparation projects, education, certifications and scholarships.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.