If you’re a foodie, it may interest you to know that there is an elite group of chefs in the nation. Their allegiance lies in that they have all successfully completed a grueling, eight-day testing process that covers both culinary knowledge and practical skills.
There are currently only 66 people who have achieved the ranking of Certified Master Chef (CMC), and only 11 who hold the similar title in the pastry realm as a Certified Master Pastry Chef (CMPC).
This Tuesday, June 5, two of these chefs will be in Little Rock to judge the Diamond Chef Arkansas competition, taking place that night at the Statehouse Convention Center. Certified Master Chefs John Johnstone and Peter Timmins have also graciously offered to speak at Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School that morning, 10 a.m. until noon, to discuss becoming (and being) a Certified Master Chef. Students and the public are encouraged to attend.
The CMC certification comes from the American Culinary Federation, the same organization that governs accreditation of culinary schools such as Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School. Pulaski Tech gained accreditation status from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation in 2010, giving all its students the opportunity to graduate with the ACF’s Certified Culinarian status.
The American Culinary Federation has a fascinating section of their website about becoming a CMC, with a video. It is definitely awe-inspiring.
Certified Master Chef Presentation
Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School (South Campus)
Crain Community Room
10 a.m. – noon
Free to students and the public