Certification & Education

Local Certification – Monterey Bay Chapter

“Did you know that certified executive chefs (CEC) earn more than the average professional chef?”

Differentiate Yourself: With thousands of chefs competing in the job market, it is essential to prove your culinary competency. Certification through the American Culinary Federation demonstrates skill, knowledge and professionalism to the food service industry. Setting yourself apart from the rest is valuable at any age. Alvin Friedman, who at the age of 81 received his certified culinarian designation, is proof that “it’s never too late to become certified.”

Specialized Designations: Open to chefs, cooks, bakers, culinary educators and administrators ACF offers 14 different certification designations. Contact Us, or our National Site – Specialized Designations for more information.

What ACF certification means to an employer: Your skills and culinary expertise have reached a set benchmark. You are well versed in culinary nutrition and food safety and sanitation You understand the responsibilities of culinary supervisory management You recognize the importance of high standards for food preparation You take charge of your professional development and career Preparing for Recertification: ACF recertification is required every five years.We recommend you maintain a folder with copies of your official certificates and letters, conference registrations, transcripts, etc. in order to keep track of your progress.