Ciaran Duffy of Atlanta, Ga., has earned the certified executive chef designation from the American Culinary Federation, Inc. Duffy is corporate chef, at Schwan Food Co. and a member of ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Inc.
ACF operates the only comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States and currently certifies nearly 9,000 professionals worldwide.
Candidates for ACF certification must have a high level of work and educational experience, and pass both a written and practical examination. In addition, candidates must complete coursework in food safety, nutrition and supervisory management.
A CEC is a chef who is the department head usually responsible for all culinary units in a restaurant, hotel, club, hospital or foodservice establishment, or the owner of a foodservice operation. A CEC must supervise a minimum of five full-time employees and pass a practical exam in front of peers.