Watch Live Stream of American Culinary Federation Certified Master Chef Exam

March 01, 2019

Watch Live Stream of American Culinary Federation Certified Master Chef Exam at Schoolcraft College March 2-9

Four leading chefs will undertake the ultimate culinary test in pursuit of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certified Master Chef® (CMC®) title at Schoolcraft College March 2-9 at the College’s VisTaTech Center.   A live stream of each day’s exam in the college’s Culinary Arts kitchen will be available by visiting the ACF YouTube page at and clicking on the “Live Stream” event link. 

The ACF Certified Master Chef is the highest level of certification in the U.S. that a chef can receive. During the progressive eight-day exam at Schoolcraft College, candidates are tested on healthy cooking, buffet catering, classical cuisine, freestyle cooking, global cuisine, baking and pastry, continental and Northern European cuisines, and “market basket,” a mystery basket of ingredients from which candidates prepare a five-course meal. Each candidate must maintain an average of 75 out of 100 points each day, as scored by a panel of evaluators composed of current CMCs, to be eligible to advance to the next day of the exam. Scores are tallied based on kitchen skills, plate presentation and taste.

The 2019 CMC exam candidates are:

  • Timothy Bucci, culinary arts instructor, Joliet Junior College
  • Michael Matarazzo, executive chef, Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • William Rogers, executive chef, Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.
  • Seth Shipley, executive chef, Belle Meade Country Club, Nashville, Tennessee

To date, 72 chefs have successfully passed the CMC exam, with 65 currently certified.  There are also 10 Certified Master Pastry Chefs® (CMPCs®). 

Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts program boasts three CMC and one CMPC faculty members –Shawn Loving, CMC; Jeffrey Gabriel, CMC; Brian Beland, CMC; and Joseph Decker, CMPC.

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