Certified Master Chefs Share Their Expertise

No doubt, you’ve heard the term “new normal” too many times. You know that chefs need to adjust, but now you need to know how and what works in the new normal. At the ACF National Convention, Certified Master Chefs and senior culinary leaders will talk about the exact ways they are addressing topics like work policies, sustainable food, entrepreneurship, culinary cannabis, and more.

Explore Advanced Techniques and Trends

The titles of Certified Master Chef® (CMC®) and Certified Master Pastry Chef® (CMPC®), presented solely by the American Culinary Federation, are the highest levels of certification a chef can receive. It represents the pinnacle of professionalism and skill.

At the ACF National Convention, you’ll learn from this exclusive group of CMCs and CMPCs as they share their tips, techniques, and best industry advice. Today, there are only 11 CMPCs and 67 Certified Master Chefs® (CMC®) in the nation.

Behind the Plate Up with Chef Joseph Leonardi, CMC, AAC

A seasoned culinary competitor and ACF Culinary Team USA member and coach, this Certified Master Chef will draw on his deep experience to bring insights to culinary leaders. He opens the ACF National Convention with a powerful discussion about the struggles all chefs face.

Learn techniques to improve employee retention, coach your team to learn from mistakes, and show them how to safely thrive in this high-stress profession.

Advanced Pastry: Focus on Modern Chocolate Techniques with Frank Vollkommer, CMPC

Learn advanced pastry techniques from one of the few CMPCs in the country. Certified Master Pastry Chef, Frank Vollkommer, CMPC, will share professional tips and techniques to create multi-textural chocolate snack bars. His demonstration will include the use of a stone grinder to prepare fillings, the creation of textural elements, and creative ways for enrobing and garnishing. He will also demonstrate several hand-made techniques and discuss the use of modern equipment and technology, such as water jet cutting and chocolate enrobers.

Chef Vollkommer is the Director of Culinary Industry Development at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and has over 30 years of experience within all sectors of the culinary, pastry, and confectionery industries.

Making a Difference Through Food & Hospitality with Ed Leonard, CMC, AAC

Master Chef Edward Leonard will share his powerful message about culinary leadership. In this important session, he will explain which qualities all chefs must hone and how you can do it. When these skills are combined with innovation and commitment, it can ensure success even in challenging times.

Chef Leonard will share his insights, philosophy, and passion for our profession as he presents his demonstration that will focus on the need for ongoing innovation.

Don’t miss the other CMCs who will present on the ACF National Convention virtual platform!

>>See the agenda for the full schedule.<<

$99 Virtual Convention Passes Available

Can’t make it in person to the ACF National Convention? Now you can attend virtually! You’ll still get to experience cutting-edge demos by professional chefs, see the live competitions and awards ceremonies, network, and earn Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) toward maintaining your ACF certifications!

>>Register for $99!<<

Attend to Maintain Your ACF Certifications

ACF certified chefs will earn continuing education hours (CEHs) for attending educational seminars, demonstrations, trade show, and general sessions at the ACF National Convention. Full registrations for both in-person and virtual will earn at least 23 CEHs.