Having a culinary certification or better yet, culinary certifications will no doubt help you stand out from the pack . This being said, these certifications are not easy to attain. While all do not require college degrees, they do all require a large amount of credit hours, years of food service experience and a high school or culinary education. All certifications require passing written and practical exams. Some of the exams take up to eight days to complete! Some of the culinary certifications the American Culinary Federation (ACF) offers include:
- Certified Culinarian (CC): Microsoft word is telling me culinarian isn’t a word. You’re wrong Microsoft and I suggest you get your act together ASAP. Certified Culinarians get a certification for working in commercial food places of business where they prepare and cook food.
- Certified Sous Chef (CSC): chefs who supervise a shift within a food service place of business
- Certified Executive Chef (CEC): Head chefs can test for this and have to be able to handle a high amount of duties such as maintaining budgets, organizing payroll, controlling food costs, and maintaining financing and inventory records in addition to their existing culinary responsibilities. That gave me a headache just writing that. Certified Executive Chefs, you must have your life together.
- Certified Master Chef (CMC): must be knowledgeable in all fields of food service and cooking techniques. You have to have a CEC or CEPC certification to test for this and the test takes 8 days to complete (yikes!) Any 8 day test takes dedication. Hats off to anyone who goes for this. Mucho respect.
- Personal Certified Chef (PCC): must know how to prepare and cook food, and have at least three years of cooking experience or experience as a personal chef
- Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC): entry level certification for culinarians within a pastry food service field who must know how to cook pies, cookies, cakes, breads, rolls, desserts etc. Ps I may wanna marry who is able to cook all this.
- Certified Executive Pastry Chef (CEPC): for department head pastry chefs.
- Certified Master Pastry Chef (CMPC): people who are able to test for this must be the best of the best in the field of pastry cooking and baking techniques. These are the pastry chef Beyonces.