Brandon Beins Receives Culinary Award


Congratulations to Brandon Beins, winner of the 2016 West Family Culinary Award. The $2,000 cash award will be presented at the 26th Annual Chefs’ Night Out on April 5. The award is available to students currently enrolled in the Culinary and Hospitality Management Program at Lane Community College.

“I believe the difference between good food and exquisite food is passion. Food is nothing without passion,” said Brandon, who is completing his first year at LCC. “As a chef, I believe your food should show who you are and the passion you have will be evident in your food.”

The intent of the award, established in 2015 by the West Family, is to inspire and encourage the next generation of chefs. Local restaurateur Mike West founded Chefs’ Night Out 26 years ago, bringing together local chefs to raise money for hunger relief in our community. The West Family is donating this award in Mike’s memory.

Since its inception in 1991, Chefs’ Night Out has raised $1.6 million, providing 4.8 million meals to families and individuals facing hunger in Lane County. Thanks to generous support from sponsors, 100% of proceeds from the event benefit FOOD for Lane County hunger relief efforts.