Certified Master Chef® (CMC®)

Applicant Requirements:

  • 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

Additional Requirements:

  • Letter of financial support
  • Letter of support from one Current CMC®

Application Process:

There are two steps in the application process.

Step One
Preapproval application
Submit pre-approval application with required documents and application fee.

Step Two
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.

Recertification Information:

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.