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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®

2017 CMC Exam Successful Retest Candidate, Arnaud Berthelier, CMC®, center with Jeremy Abbey, CEC, CEPC, CCE, CCA, left and Brian Beland, CMC®, right

Chef Berthelier, CMC® completed his 2017 exam in a retest on Feb. 2-4 at Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan.

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

2017 CMC Exam Successful Candidates

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 CMC®s or CMPC®s, 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

The 2017 ACF-CMC Exam took place Sept. 30 to Oct. 8, 2017 and the retest took place on Feb. 2-4, at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Visit the ACF Flickr page for daily photographs from the exam.