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Chef Brian Frakes receives honors from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association for his service to the community.

Frakes Honored with 2014 WRA Excellence Award

The Pfister Hotel's executive chef Brian Frakes has been named the Chef Honoree for the 2014 Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) Education Foundation Salute to Excellence Awards. The award celebrates his volunteer work and commitment to the community.

Frakes, who has served as a member of the WRA board of directors for the past two years, has also served as a local mentor for ProStart, a nationwide, two-year WRA program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's restaurant and foodservice industry leaders. In that role, he spends time helping teams improve plate presentation, knife skills, teamwork, workflow, restaurant management and more.

Frakes also volunteers at Catholic East Elementary School, speaks at various high schools about the restaurant industry, is a regular advisor for Milwaukee Area Technical College, and serves as an externship mentor for the Culinary Institute of America, Le Cordon Bleu, Johnson and Wales and Kendall College. He is actively involved with the American Liver Foundation, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Chef Frakes will be honored at the WRA Education Foundation's awards celebration at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan on Oct. 19.


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