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February 28, 2020
Lamb Weston

Lamb Weston products qualify for the Master Chefs’ Institute Seal of Excellence

Eagle, Idaho ( February 20, 2020 ) Lamb Weston announced that 53 potato fries products, have achieved performance ratings that qualified for the Master Chefs’ Institute Seal of Excellence. The 53 products were representative of five categories, branded: LW Private Reserve, LW Stealth Fries, LW Sweet Things, Lamb’s Supreme, and Lamb’s Seasoned.

Lamb Weston frozen potato products were submitted for testing against national competitors. Different lots of products were tested by the Certified Master Chefs independently unbranded, on 20 sensory attributes affecting taste, texture, aroma, and appearance. Lamb Weston fries also had higher combined scores for optimal levels of saltiness, crispiness, oiliness and uniformity.

Historically… approximately 20% of products tested by the Master Chefs’ Institute have earned the Seal of Excellence. “So it’s an honor having 53 of our products qualify. This rating really showcases our sustained commitment to product quality,” said Kim Cupelli, Vice President of Marketing, at Lamb Weston.

November 13, 2018
2017 Certified Master Chef

2017 Certified Master Chef® Exam

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 achieve. It represents the pinnacle of professionalism and skill. Today, there are 69 CMC®s and 10 Certified Master Pastry Chefs® (CMPC®) in the nation.

Congratulations to the newest 2017 American Culinary Federation Certified Master Chef: Chef Arnaud Berthelier, CMC®. Chef Berthelier, CMC® completed his 2017 exam in a retest on Feb. 2-4 at Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan.

November 2, 2018
lawrence mcFadden and arnaud berthelier

The Master Chefs of Cleveland’s Union Club

With two Certified Master Chefs, the 146-year-old Cleveland club is elevating its dining program and the level of professionalism within its staff.
March 20, 2018
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Chairman’s Reserve Prime Pork Qualifies for Master Chefs’ Institute Seal of Excellence

Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., announced today that its Chairman’s Reserve® Prime Pork brand has qualified for the SEAL OF EXCELLENCE from the MASTER CHEFS’ INSTITUTE (MCI), an international team of Certified Master Chefs®.