SAN MARCOS — Brittany L. Way, of San Marcos, has earned the certified “culinarian” designation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc., or AFC. Way is a member of ACF Chefs and Culinarians of San Diego.
A certified “culinarian” is an entry-level culinary professional within a commercial foodservice operation. A “culinarian” must have two years experience or have an associate degree in culinary arts from an accredited college. They must pass a written and a practical exam. During the practical exam, candidates are required to create a meal using specified ingredients, which are then presented for evaluation. “Culinarians” must adhere to strict guidelines such as time, amount of ingredients, type of ingredients, presentation and cooking techniques.
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.