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American Culinary Federation

Upper Michigan Chapter

connecting and educating chefs throughout the Upper Peninsula region

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Take a look at our youtube channel, featuring educational segments, interviews, tours, and more from our members and industry professionals.

Youtube: U.P. Culinarians

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Mission Statement
The American Culinary Federation Upper Michigan Chapter
shall be a professional club dedicated to the promotion of Culinarians, the Hospitality Industry, and the Culinary Arts.
This Chapter shall strive to make our industry an honorable profession through education and example. We shall also be a
social club dedicated to the art of good living. 

 
 

UP CHAPTER BOARD

President - Eric M. Juchemich

Vice President - Christopher Durley

The Courtyards; Home of Second line T-Boys and Tapas

Chairman of the Board - Christopher P. Sturzl,
CEC, CCE, CSCE

Retired

Secretary - Susan Tollefson

Treasurer - Robin J. Holmes, CEC

Wild's Food Service

Sergeant At Arms - Angela R. Verburg

Focus Restaurant Concepts

Trustee - David Cotanche

Yoop Coop

Trustee - Nichole Durley-Rust, CEC

Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery

Trustee - Alden Griffus, CCC

Northern Michigan University

Trustee - Jon G. Lasalle

Trustee- Alexandria Palzewicz

Barrel and Beam 

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MEMBERS

Scott Bousson

Northern Michigan University

Christopher Cooley 

Northern Michigan University 

David Cotanche

Yoop Coop

Matthew Dunaj, CEC

Department of Corrections 

Christopher Durley

The Courtyards; Home of Second Line T-Boys and Tapas

Donald Durley
Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery

Nichole Durley-Rust, CEC 

Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery 

Derek Estes

Northern Michigan University

Loganne Glendening

Northern Michigan University

Alden Griffus, CCC

Northern Michigan University

 

Robin J. Holmes, CEC

Eric Juchemich

Eric Karvonen, CEC
Michigan Tech University 

Randy Jay Keough

Northern Michigan University 

Eliot Kroll
Gordon Food Service

Jon G. LaSalle, 

Enthusiast

Adam Lund 

Brookridge Heights 

Dan Lynch

Northern Michigan University

Tara Michelle McLean

Northern Michigan University

Nathan Mileski, CEC

Border Grill

Alexandria Palzewicz

Barrel and Beam  

Deborah Pearce

Northern Michigan University

Jeremy Pomeroy, CEC

Zachary Schroeder
Les Cheneaux Culinary School

Chris Sturzl, CEC, CCE, CSCE

Susan Tollefson

Enthusiast 

Angela Verburg

Focus Restaurant Concepts

Thomas Wahlstrom, CEC
Elizabeths Chophouse

Chadd Wellman, CEC

Laurette Group

 

Monthly Newsletter

Meeting Minutes 

Board Meeting Minutes 

Previous Chef of the Year Winners 

 

1992 - Don Durley 

1994 - Robin Holmes, CEC 

1997 - Nathan D. Mileski, CEC 

2001 - Eric Juchemich 

2002 - Nathan D. Mileski, CEC 

2005 - Robin Holmes, CEC 

2006 - Todd LaFave 

2007 Mike Chapman, CCC

2008 - Jeremy Pomeroy, CEC 

2009 - Tom Wahlstrom, CEC 

2010 - Nathan D. Mileski, CEC 

2011 - Chad Wellman 

2012 - Eric Juchemich 

2013 - James Smiljanich, CSC 

2014 - Nichole Durley, CEC

2015 - Robin Holmes, CEC 

2016 - Jeremy Pomeroy, CEC, ACE 

2017 - Christopher Sturzl, CEC, CCE, CSCE, ACE 

2018 - Eric Juchemich 

2019 - Angela Verburg

2021 - Christopher Durley

Educational Resources

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