The American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA) honored four chefs with Awards of Excellence at the 2013 APPCA Personal Chef Summit at Stratford University in Baltimore last month.

The following received recognition from Candy Wallace, founder and executive director of the APPCA, at the conference’s awards luncheon on October 12:

  • 2013 Career/Life Balance: Javier Fuertes, chef/owner, Fitchburg, Mass.-based The Dinner Maker serving central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire
  • 2013 Marketer of the Year: Jim Huff, chef/owner, Queens-based Traveling Culinary Artist serving metro New York and Nassau County
  • 2013 Chefs of the Year: Dennis Nosko and Christine Robinson, co-owners, A Fresh Endeavor serving greater Boston

Following the ceremony, Wallace moderated a best-practices panel featuring the four award recipients, who shared their winning formulas for building successful personal-chef businesses with more than 50 conference attendees from throughout the nation.

This year marks the first that the APPCA’s Awards of Excellence program recognized excellence in marketing and career/life balance in addition to overall business excellence via the Chef of the Year Award, which since its inception in 1996 has honored a personal chef only in years in which selection criteria have been met or exceeded by a qualified candidate. According to Wallace, the APPCA will seek candidates for 2014 awards in all three categories based on documented merit.


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