Certified Master Chef® (CMC®)
Possess the practiced skills to perform culinary art to the very highest standards.
Have a foundation of quality experience and education in advanced level courses, externships and/or competitions.
Be physically and mentally prepared to perform eight days under extreme pressure.
Secure funding to cover expenses: application and exam fees, travel, housing, meals, etc. Estimated cost $6,000.
ACF Certification Requirement: Current CEC® or CCE® with special permission.
Mandatory Course Requirement:
30 Hour Wine Course
30 Hour Human Resource Management Course
30 Hour Advanced Sanitation Course
30 Hour Cost Control Management Course
Letter of financial support
Letter of support from one Current CMC®
There are two steps in the application process.
Submit pre-approval application with required documents and application fee.
Approved candidates register for Practical Exam when dates are announced. All applicants should carefully review the CMC® Handbook for practical exam guidelines.
Fees, Refunds and Other Expenses
$300 Member or $500 Non-Member pre-approval application fee. Pre-approval application fee is non-refundable.
Approved candidates must submit a $2000 exam registration deposit when exam dates are announced. Registration deposit is fully refundable up to 60 days in advance of the exam.
30 days prior to exam, approved candidates must submit $2300. All funds are non-refundable once balance is paid.
Food for the exam must be paid prior to the start of the exam. Estimated cost of food for the exam is $1400. Once registered, candidates will be notified of food cost expense for the exam.
CMC® recertification is required every 5 years. Please see the Recertification Page for additional information.
Have questions or need more information? Contact the ACF Certification Department.