Washington State Chef's
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The Washington State Chef’s Association and American Academy of Chefs is proud to announce the introduction of 4 annual culinary scholarships for ACF Student Members. These scholarships have been named for a distinguished member of our associations who played a key role in the education of our youth for many years. Each scholarship will be given out in the value of $750.00 four times a year to a student who is currently enrolled in a culinary arts program or a high school senior about to enter a post-secondary program. Apprentices are also eligible. View the deadline dates for applications below.
The application form and requirements can be downloaded below.
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 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
The 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
Walter J Bronowitz CCC, CCE, AAC Bio
Chef Bronowitz led a dedicated life of service to the American Culinary Federation as well as to his local chapter, The Washington State Chefs Association. His passion for culinary excellence, mentoring of young culinarians and being involved in all phases of the culinary industry has led him through a very successful career as a chef. His personal touch and active involvement within our Association has touched numerous culinarians, enriching them and empowering them to continue on with their career choice of being a chef. Chef Bronowitz always took the opportunity to serve others and in so doing enriched their lives. He was a pioneer member of the chapter in terms of establishing the current apprenticeship program and developed it into a very successful model of apprenticeship excellence.
Chef Bronowitz was well known throughout the Seattle Culinary Industry with stints in several Washington Restaurants, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Functional Fuel and country clubs. He had also served as a chef instructor at Kentride Senior High School, Kent, Wash., and at Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, Wash. He recently served as a Health Care Specialist for RHI Consultants.
He had won numerous ACF competitions and awards, including five President’s Medallions and two American Academy of Chefs Merit Awards, and has held many leadership roles at the local and national levels. He is also a recipient of the Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award which recognizes a chef who has generously shared his/her knowledge with others throughout the years and continues to be a source of information and guidance for other culinarians. Chef Bronowitz volunteered much of his time to community service efforts, such as cooking demonstrations, classes and fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Foundation, March of Dimes and American Heart Association, among other groups. He was also a member of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice, Chefs Collaborative, Slow Food Seattle and the Washington State Farm Project.
Chef Bronowitz had served on the national level on the following boards.
2001-2008 Chef & Child Foundation Board of Directors, member
2003-2005 ACF Board of Directors, western region vice president
2005-2009 ACF Board of Directors, national secretary
2005-2009 ACF Board of Trustees, member
2005-2009 Apprenticeship Committee, board liaison
2005-2009 ACF Bylaws Committee, board liaison
2010-2014 ACF Ethics Committee, western region representative
Chef Bronowitz passed away on February 9th, 2017 while doing that which was his passion, passing along his knowledge.
Walter Bronowitz Scholarship
Application Deadline: October 1st
The scholarship will be awarded at November Meeting