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St. Joseph’s Certified Executive Chef Nominated for Prestigious Culinary Award

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Chef Jeffrey Mitchell, CEC, CCA, ACE and executive chef of Culinary and Nutritional Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, is one of only four chefs nominated to earn the national Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award.

The award was designed to commemorate the efforts of Dr. Lewis J. Minor, AAC; Louis Szathmary, AAC, HOF; and Lt. Gen. John D. McLaughlin, AAC. The combined efforts of these three American Culinary Federation (ACF) leaders helped achieve a long-sought goal for American chefs: official recognition of ACF executive chefs as professionals, reflected in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles.

The award honors culinarians who help elevate the status of chefs and cooks in the United States. It is presented to the chef who exemplifies the highest standard of professionalism through certification, continuing education and training, culinary competitions and community involvement.

An active member of the ACF, Mitchell has demonstrated his commitment to those criteria through his role as certification chair chef of the local ACF chapter, regular participation in regional and national ACF conferences, and achievement of honors and awards such as the National Achievement of Excellence, ACF Chapter Chef of the Year and Professionalism Award.

Mitchell is a leader in culinary innovation at St. Joseph’s, where he played a major role in both opening Butternut Café and Bakery and implementing a hotel-style room service model that allows patients to make meal orders at their convenience. These developments have increased patient satisfaction by providing them with high-quality food and addressing their specific dietary and scheduling needs.

The American Culinary Federation, Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. With more than 20,000 members spanning more than 200 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States, with the Certified Executive Chef® and Certified Sous Chef designations the only culinary credentials accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and to combat childhood obesity.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system located in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients from Onondaga and 15 surrounding counties. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis. For more information on St. Joseph’s programs and services, call the Resource Line at 315-703-2138 or 1-888-STJOES1.