The term “Master Chef” is frequently used in the media. But do you know what it really means to be a Certified Master Chef?


Achieving Certified Master Chef status represents the pinnacle of professionalism and skill; it is the highest and most demanding level of achievement offered by the American Culinary Federation. Only candidates with a demonstrated foundation of advanced experience and education even qualify to take the CMC exam. The exam itself is a grueling eight-day marathon of extreme mental pressure and physical exertion as candidates must pass a series of tests covering a wide range of cooking styles and methods.

Only 67 chefs around can claim Certified Master Chef status. We are honored that 10% of this distinguished group are members of the Master Chefs’ Institute.