Congratulations to the 2017 American Culinary Federation Certified Master Chefs

November 13, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 American Culinary Federation Certified Master Chefs: Gerald Ford, CMC; Joseph Leonardi, CMC; and Shawn Loving, CMC, CCA.

The Master Chefs’ Institute is pleased to congratulate the 2017 CMC exam successful candidates. The title of Certified Master Chef (CMC), presented solely by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) in the U.S., is the highest level of certification a chef can receive. It represents the pinnacle of professionalism and skill. Today, there are 68 CMCs and 10 Certified Master Pastry Chefs ® (CMPC) in the nation.

To apply for the CMC exam, a candidate must be a Certified Executive Chef ® or Certified Culinary Educator ®, provide two letters of recommendation from current CMCs or CMPCs, and have completed education courses on sanitation and food safety, cost management, management and wine.

The candidate must also secure funding for the cost of the exam process including the exam fee, travel expenses and practice materials. During the eight-day exam, candidates must maintain an average score of 75 out of 100 points to be eligible to continue. Scores are tallied based on kitchen skills, plate presentation and taste. Candidates are tested on the following subjects by ACF-certified chefs:

  • Healthy cooking
  • Buffet catering
  • Classical cuisine
  • Freestyle cooking
  • Global cuisine
  • Baking and pastry
  • Continental and Northern Europe cuisines
  • Market basket
Courtesy of American Culinary Federation