Congratulations to Chef Christian Froelich, CEC from High Point University whom this week satisfied all the requirements to become a Certified Executive Chef (CEC®) with the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The Harvest Table Culinary Group has a commitment to culinary certification of those in leadership positions within the culinary brigade. Harvest Table holds a semi-annual training summit allowing chefs to learn and practice toward their selected level of certification.
The Certified Executive Chef (CEC®) displays leadership and excels in managing and motivating employees. A CEC is a skilled, professional chef who manages the kitchen and has demonstrated the knowledge necessary to ensure a safe and pleasurable dining experience by preparing food that is delicious, nutritious and safe to eat. The ACF CEC follows proven business practices ensuring a financially successful operation. Candidates for the CEC have at least five years experience as a Chef de Cuisine, Executive Sous Chef or Chef in charge of food production in a foodservice operation.
The certification process requires CEC candidates to pass three 30-hour classes in food safety, hospitality & food management, and nutrition. Chefs must also take a written exam encompassing all aspects of the culinary arts. The final exam is a 3-hour practical market basked exam. Chefs must craft a three-course menu using all basket ingredients. Within that menu, they must demonstrate classical cooking techniques, knife cuts, and sauce making. The assessment for certification practical testing is divided into four general areas: Safety and Sanitation Skills, Organization, Craftsmanship Skills, and Finished Product Skills. The candidate’s skills are evaluated during the examination period through frequent monitoring by three certification evaluators. The practical examination is scored overall as pass or fail. Points are calculated in various areas, and a total numerical score is calculated. A total averaged a score of 75% (75 points) or better is considered passing.
Chef Froelich has trained with the Harvest Table Culinary Group throughout the last year to prepare for this exam. He now proudly wears the credentials of CEC and joins an elite group of peers. As with all certified chefs, Chef Froelich is now a mentor for the sixteen other Harvest Table chefs currently studying in pursuit of certification this coming year.
Please join Harvest Table Culinary Group in congratulating Chef Froelich on this milestone accomplishment in his career as a culinarian!