ACF Monterey Bay Chefs in the community

Chef Mitch received the Staff Excellence Award in the area of Equity, Justice and Inclusive Excellence

Chef Mitch was honored to have received a Staff Excellence Award in the area of Equity, Justice and Inclusive Excellence this year @ucmerced! Shout out to @ucm_ejie for the collaboration and support with the guest speaker series! Much gratitude to @ucm_staffassembly for their hard work and dedication! Thank you to all the wonderful speakers who […]

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Executive Sous Chef, Jonathan Gutierrez Santiago named this year’s Colleges and Universities Winner for the 2024 Produce Excellence in Food Service Awards

We are extremely proud to share that UC Merced’s very own, Executive Sous Chef, Jonathan Gutierrez Santiago was recently named this year’s Colleges and Universities Winner for the 2024 Produce Excellence in Food Service Awards by the International Fresh Produce Association. He will probably hate that I used this pic. LOL! Chef Jonathan’s accomplishments are […]

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2024 Chef Cook Off Winner for CASA Fresno-Madera Fundraiser

We’re excited to share that the team led by Executive Sous Chef at UC Merced and Monterey Bay Chef member Jonathan Gutierrez Santiago won this year’s Chef Cook Off at the annual CASA Fresno Madera fundraiser. It was a competitive field of 6 other Central Valley Chefs with voting done by guests at the event. […]

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UC Merced’s Chef Mitch Earns Top Honor from Peers

This Article is from UC Merced – In The News Mitchell Vanagten, executive chef for UC Merced’s Lakeside Catering , has been named Chef of the Year by the Monterey Bay chapter of the American Culinary Federation. The award from the chapter, of which Vanagten is vice president, recognizes members for exceptional community service and […]

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Native American Event in Merced

In November, the Monterey Bay ACF and UC Merced’s Division of Equity, Justice and Inclusive Excellence hosted a Native American History Month event, “Indigenous Insights: Café Ohlone’s Culinary Journey.” The team from Café Ohlone, which is on the UC Berkeley campus,  shared their poignant story and recipes which were prepared by Monterey Bay ACF members, […]

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Strawberry Picker Screening

Inspira Studios based out of Watsonville, CA screened their documentary, Strawberry Picker at UC Merced for Latinx Heritage Month in collaboration with the Monterey Bay ACF and UC Merced’s Division of Equity, Justice and Inclusive Excellence.  The film is about renowned Chicano artist, Juan R. Fuentes, and chronicles his journey from working in labor camps […]

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UC Merced Visit

UC Merced Dining and the ACF Monterey Bay Chefs hosted a food education event, showcasing four remarkable local food speakers that are producing their products within a 30-mile radius of the UC Merced campus.   Danny Royer, UC Merced’s Smart Farm Coordinator took us on a journey into the realm of cutting-edge agricultural innovation.   […]

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Local Celebrity Chef Tene Shake at Whalefest

Local Celebrity ACF Chef Tene Shake gives Demonstration of cioppino at  Fisherman’s Wharfin Monterey Bay for Whalefest 2023.

Chef Bruce Staebler teach Bella Care staff some culinary skills

ACF Monterey Bay Chef Bruce Staebler, CEC, AAC, volunteering his time & talent in the community! Photo Credit: Bella Care Home

Chef & Child Event with students from Palenke Arts

Chef Pamala Burns had the great pleasure of working with the students from Palenke Arts, an after school program at Martin Luther King middle school. More than just an afterschool program, It’s really a program for the whole family and the community. Today’s class was all about Valentine’s Day. Chef Pamala brought 60 heart cookies […]