2009 CMC Assessment at Midwest Culinary Institute
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) hosted a successful two-day
cooking assessment at Midwest Culinary Institute, Cincinnati, for
culinarians interested in participating in the next certified master
chef (CMC) exam. The 14 candidates completed the classical and freestyle
portions of the CMC exam while receiving feedback and instruction from
six current CMCs.
As in the real exam, candidates had less than 24 hours after
receiving their classical cooking assignments to develop their china and
food requisitions. They began the classical assignment—10 portions
of soup, fish course and entrée, all prepared for Russian
service—on the first morning of the two-day session. The classical
cuisine assignment was designed to demonstrate the ability to
understand, interpret and execute the philosophy of Auguste Escoffier
and classical cuisine as prescribed in the Le Guide
Culinaire. Candidates had a four-hour preparation window and a
30-minute service window. CMC evaluators were on hand during the process
to work with candidates during the preparation time.
The second day featured the freestyle portion of the CMC exam. Again,
candidates were given an assignment, with less than 24 hours to develop
a menu and requisition. The freestyle assignment is designed to
demonstrate a candidate’s skills in relation to the construction
and preparation of a menu. The freestyle assignment featured the
development of 10 portions of an appetizer or soup, fish course, salad
and main course.
Each day ended with a lecture recapping the day’s events.
Evaluators reviewed pictures of each of the plates produced during the
day, and critiqued all plates for the candidates.
Overall, the assessment offered candidates a realistic understanding
of the rigor and level of quality expected during the CMC exam.
Candidates were given open and honest feedback that they could use to
prepare for the CMC exam in the future.
2009 CMC Assessment Evaluators
Brad Barnes, CMC, CCA, AAC
Joachim Buchner, CMC
Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC
John Kinsella, CMC, CCE, WGMC, AAC
Edward G. Leonard, CMC, AAC
Ferdinand E. Metz, CMC, WGMC, AAC, HOF