BEMIDJI - Michael Holleman, director of culinary development for Indian Harvest, received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award last month from the Atlanta-based Research Chefs Association (RCA) at the organization's Annual Conference and Culinology Expo in San Antonio.
Indian Harvest is a producer and supplier of specialty grains, beans, legumes and blends for foodservice.
The RCA's Lifetime Achievement Award, given March 24, is given to an individual who has achieved industrywide recognition for his or her contributions to the field of Culinology.
The recipient must have significantly influenced the food industry and/or the consumer market throughout his or her career, must be a veteran in the food industry for at least 25 years, and should be generally recognized as an inspiration to others in the industry.
"Michael Holleman practices what we advocate," said Harry Crane, immediate past president of the RCA and executive chef of the Kraft Culinary Center of Excellence, in a news release.
"He represents the 'sweet spot' of who the RCA really is - a mover and shaker in the food-product-development/culinary world - while still being at the tactical/development level of our industry."
Holleman joins the ranks of notable honorees like Jacques Pepin (2004), Paul Prudhomme (2005) and Robert Okura.
"We couldn't be more proud of Chef Mike's recognition by the Research Chefs Association, which is an incredible milestone," Trevor Duininck, vice president of Indian Harvest, said in the release. "As the leader of our experienced culinary team for many years, Mike has forged the way for innovative whole-grain solutions not only here at Indian Harvest, but in the industry as a whole."