Darrell Anderson Bio
Chef Darrell L. Anderson was employed in the education, restaurant, and catering industries for over fifty years. As a chef, he worked in some of Washington State’s well-known restaurants. As a caterer, he worked for such notables as the Seattle Seahawks. And as an educator, he trained over 2000 young culinarians, many of whom went on to become executive chefs, culinary educators and restaurant owners. He was involved in state and national organizations that encouraged a greater dissemination of culinary skills and the professionalization of culinary education in the United States.
In 1955, Chef Anderson became active in the American Culinary Federation and the Pacific Northwest Chefs De Cuisine Association (PNCA), now known as the Washington State Chefs Association. He was Vice-President of the PNCA in 1962-1963, the President in 1970-1971 and 1980-1981, and Chairman of the PNCA Board of Directors 1972-1973 and 1982.
At the national level, he held several posts in the American Academy of Chefs, including Secretary from 1994-1996, and Chairman in 1978. He was the Chair of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Foundation Senior Chefs Committee.
Chef Anderson’s awards include:
- The Good Taste Award – in 2003 by the ACF – “Academy Fellows who have been actively involved in furthering the culinarian’s greatest achievements and upholding the traditions of classical cuisine.”
- Induction as a Celebrated Chef into the American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame in 1996
- Recipient of the ACF Hermann G. Rusch Award in 2003. This is awarded to “chefs who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to both ACF and the culinary profession.”
- The ACF Presidential Medallion in 1998
- The ACF National Presidents Award in 1985
- The ACF Service Award in 1989
Chef Anderson donated his papers to Renton Technical College in 2007. He passed away on April 10, 2011.
Darrell Anderson Scholarship
Application Deadline: January 1st
Scholarship will be awarded on February Meeting
Evelyn Enslow CEC, AAC Bio
Chef Enslow has been a very active member and supporter of the Washington State Chefs’ Association and the ACF. She served as the Chapter President in 1986 and 1987. Chef Enslow was also the first female chef recipient of the American Academy of Chefs designation for the Pacific Northwest. She embodied the professional chef’s role as a great culinarian and teacher. She believes in working hard and getting the rewards from such efforts. She was also a member of the World Chefs Association and Toques Blanc. Her generosity of time and training were known far and wide.
Chef Enslow served in many capacities in the Puget Sound area. She was the Executive Chef for the Bellevue Athletic Club & University Women’s Club, and has served as the chef for many other venues in Seattle. Chef Enslow had a successful catering company, as well as being an avid competitor in her early years. She has recipes published in many magazines and books as well as appearances on KIRO morning shows.
Chef Enslow was often the lead judge in the Shelton Oyster Fest, the West Coast Seafood Cook-Off Competition. She also presided over an American Academy of Chefs Gala and the annual Presidents Awards Dinner for the WSCA.
She was the recipient of the Washington State Chef of the Year Award.
Evelyn Enslow Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 1st
Scholarship will be awarded on April Meeting
Joseph “Joe” Sir Bio
Chef Sir truly embodied the mentor role that defines a great chef. Through his passionate advocacy for the local apprenticeship and training programs, he inspired many young culinarians to go and achieve great things as chefs. His constant admonition to all of us and to his students that our profession truly is about passing along what we have been given to those around us that are asking. He served on the Seattle Culinary Joint Apprentice Committee for many years and was a pioneer for the WSCA Apprenticeship Program.
Chef Sir served in many venues as an executive chef. These included the Hyatt, Washington Athletic Club and the Rainier Golf and Country Club. Chef Sir also served as an instructor of culinary arts at South Central Community College for over 20 years. He was the recipient of the Washington State Chef of the Year Award. He also was a member of the Les Amis d ’Escoffier Society, inducted into the American Academy of Chefs and a very active and supportive member of the Washington State Chefs Association.
Chef Sir presided over two American Academy of Chefs dinners, as well as two president’s gala dinners, no small feat.
In his spare time Chef Sir was an avid skier, taking to the slopes whenever he could. Sadly the chef passed away in 1995. This scholarship named in his honor so aptly fits as he was such a supporter of culinary education.
Joseph Sir Scholarship
Application Deadline: August 1st
Scholarship will be awarded on September Meeting