“Completing this exam is truly an honor and to be a part of such an elite group of chefs is the highlight of my culinary career. It simply shows that if you are determined and believe in yourself, dreams can and will come true.” 


The CMC level is the highest and most demanding level of achievement of all ACF certification levels. CMC exam is a grueling 130-hour, eight day test designed to challenge and evaluate a chef’s mastery of the culinary arts.

It is broken down into an 8 comprehensive majors:

*Healthy Cooking
*Buffet Catering
*Classic Cuisine
*Freestyle Global Cuisine
*Baking & Pastry
*Continental & North Europe Cuisines
*Market Basket.

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Having successfully completed the rigorous examination administered by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Daryl’s achievement makes him one of 68 total chefs in the World to currently hold this distinction. Specifically, Chef Daryl Shular was one of two chefs out of eleven to earn the distinction of Certified Master Chef in 2014.

Many years of preparation and personal sacrifice… Chef Daryl Shular states “that while the ACF CMC exam is the most challenging culinary skills test in the world, it’s something I’ve pursued my entire career”.

Take a moment to check out all of the great Chefs who tested for the Certified Master Chef Exam 2015 Candidate bio’sclick here

If you are are interested in seeing more in depth the exam, some of the cuisines prepared Here a link to some pics from the exam,  this would be a great way to bring a deeper insight to what the exam entails! – click here

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