Brian R. Beland, CMC
Starting at a young age, Chef Beland began his culinary career working in a small family owned restaurant, sparking his quest toward culinary excellence. Upon graduation from high school Chef Beland pursued an education from Michigan State University in the Schools of Hospitality Business graduating in December of 2001. During his time at Michigan State, Chef Beland worked in three private clubs, most notably Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. From that point on the Country Club of Detroit would become an important part of his life. Post Michigan State, Chef Beland then pursued a second degree from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park, New York in Culinary Arts. While at CIA, Chef Beland interned at Westchester Country Club under Certified Master Chef Edward Leonard, giving him an opportunity for additional exposure to exceptional service and food. Upon completion of CIA an opportunity arose for Chef Beland to return to Country Club of Detroit as Chef de Cuisine in June of 2004. In February of 2006 Chef Beland was promoted to the Executive Chef. In October of 2010 Chef Beland completed the Certified Master Chef becoming one of 66 in the United States at that time. Finally, in the fall of 2011 he was also given the title of Food and Beverage Director at the Country Club of Detroit. While maintaining his position at Country Club of Detroit, in January 2014, Chef Beland also took on the role of a Full Time Chef Instructor at Schoolcraft College.
Along the way Chef Beland has medaled in many culinary and ice carving competitions, apprenticed at three consecutive IKA Culinary Olympics and partook in several continuing education classes. As a member of the 2012 Michigan Culinary Olympic Team he scored an individual gold medal in Category A in Erfurt, Germany. Also in 2011, Chef Beland became recognized as Chef of the Year for MCCA Chapter, won the Central Regional Chef of the Year title in 2012 and went on to score a gold medal at the ACF National Chef of the Year competition. November 2013 Chef Beland competed at the inaugural Dubai Hospitality Championships as a member of ACF Team USA scoring a team gold and second place overall. In 2011 Chef Beland became the Vice President of ACF’s Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Chapter and President for the 2013/14 term. January 2015 Chef Beland accepted a position on the ACF Certification Commission. Chef Beland is supported by his wife, Colleen, and three young children, Brendan, Elaina and Bridget.