Iridescence at MotorCity Casino Hotel to Receive 2011 Achievement of Excellence Award at American Culinary Federation National Convention in Dallas


St. Augustine, Fla., July 11, 2011The American Culinary Federation (ACF), the nation’s premier organization of professional chefs, will honor Iridescence, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit, with an Achievement of Excellence Award at the 2011 ACF National Convention held at the Gaylord Texan, Dallas, July 22-26.

Iridescence was one of 23 establishments nationwide to receive the award, which recognizes foodservice establishments that exemplify a commitment to excellence. Criteria for the award are being in operation for at least five consecutive years, nomination by an ACF chapter, member or individual in the foodservice profession, and being a recognized industry leader.
“It is an amazing feeling to learn that your peers look at what you do as an ‘achievement of excellence.’ Our team works hard every day to ensure that we do the right thing for our guests, our craft/art and our ownership,” said Don Yamauchi, executive chef, MotorCity Casino Hotel. “Oftentimes, it is difficult to envision the end result when you are consumed with the daily grind of our business. However, this distinction confirms that we are focusing our efforts appropriately. We know that there are numerous food establishments, chefs and cooks that epitomize excellence. Therefore, we do not take this award lightly. We all are honored and grateful to be one of the few to receive this annual award.”
Located on Grand River Avenue at the Lodge Freeway (M-10), MotorCity Casino Hotel is owned by Marian Ilitch and is the only locally-owned and operated casino in Detroit. The entertainment complex has undergone a multimillion dollar renovation and expansion, involving a major expansion of its gaming space, construction of a 400-room hotel with a luxury spa and fitness center, ultra-lounge, award winning restaurant, and convention and banquet area, plus multiple dining and live entertainment facilities.  For more information about MotorCity Casino Hotel, or to make a reservation, visit or call 1-866-STAY-MCC.
The national convention is open to chefs and foodservice professionals. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased on-site. A one-day program badge, which includes a meal, is $125. Call (800) 624-9458 or for more information.
Sponsors of the 2011 ACF National Convention are: Allen Brothers; American Lamb Board; American Technical Publishers; Barilla America, Inc.; Barry Callebaut; BelGioioso Cheese, Inc.; Ben E. Keith; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Canada Cutlery Inc.; The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Inc.; Cleveland Range, LLC; Contessa Premium Foods; Custom Culinary, Inc.; Dansko; Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt; Dietz & Watson, Inc.; Ecolab; French’s Foodservice; GFF/Girard’s Dressings; Gourmet Trading Company; Indian Harvest; The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes; Johnson & Wales University; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.;King & Prince Seafood; Kingsburg Orchards; Koch Foods, Inc.; Lactalis Foodservice; Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America; McCormick for Chefs; MenuMax; MINOR’S®; Mississippi Seafood Marketing; NEWCHEF Fashion Inc.; Plugra European Style Butter; PreGel America; R.L. Schreiber, Inc.; Riviana Foods Inc.; S & D Coffee; Saputo Cheese USA Inc.; The Schwan Food Company; Sodexo; Splenda®; Texas Beef Council; Tyson Food Service; Uncle Ben’s®; Unilever Food Solutions; United Egg Producers Certified; US Foodservice; Valrhona; Victorinox; Villeroy & Boch; Vitamix Corp.; Washington State Potato Commission; Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; and Youngstown Distributors.