SALINE, MI, —Kevin Penn, of Howell, MI, Regional Executive Chef at StoryPoint in Saline, MI, has earned the Certified Executive Chef (CEC) designation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc., the nation’s largest organization of professional chefs. Penn is a member the Michigan Chefs d’ Cuisine Association.
ACF operates the only comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States and currently certifies more than 12,800 culinary 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 Certified Executive Chef® (CEC®) is a chef who is the department head and usually responsible for all culinary units in a restaurant, hotel, club, hospital or foodservice establishment. In addition to culinary responsibilities, other duties include budget preparation, payroll, maintenance, controlling food costs and maintaining financial and inventory records. The CEC® certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.
Certified chefs in restaurants, hotels and other foodservice operations demonstrate commitment to quality foodservice and must renew their certification(s) every five years. ACF has awarded more than 25,000 certifications since 1973 and is the only certifier of U.S. master chefs and master pastry chefs.
Penn has had 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Previously he was employed as an Executive Chef at Independence Village in Brighton, MI, as an Executive Chef at White Lake Oaks in White Lake, MI and as a Sous Chef at Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon, MI. He is a graduate of the Schoolcraft College culinary arts program.
About the American Culinary Federation
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), established in 1929, is the standard of excellence for chefs in North America. With more than 17,500 members spanning more than 150 chapters nationwide, ACF is the leading culinary association offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States, with the Certified Executive Chef®, Certified Sous Chef®, Certified Executive Pastry Chef® and Certified Culinary Educator® designations accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and to combat childhood obesity. For more information, visit www.acfchefs.org . Find ACF on Facebook and on Twitter.