CCFCC chooses Humber to offer first Master Chef Designation in Canada



    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - The Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) has
announced that Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning will
design the Canadian curriculum for the Master Chef designation, and will be
the first in Canada to offer the program. Master Chef is the highest and most
sought after designation in the culinary field and currently only exists in
the United States, parts of Europe and Australia. Today, there are only 128
chefs in the United States and a small percentage worldwide who hold this
credential.
    "Humber's commitment to partner with the Canadian Culinary Federation
speaks volumes to its dedication to continuous excellence in the field of
culinary arts," said Judson Simpson, president, Canadian Culinary Federation.
"We are delighted to work with Humber in this initiative and look forward to
the positive impact it will make across the country as chefs seek the much
coveted Master Chef designation."
    Humber responded to a request for proposal by the CCFCC for the
designation. The proposal mapped out pathways from postsecondary education and
apprenticeship training to lifelong learning opportunities offering the
highest credentials to chefs; and offered recommendations to standardize
culinary credentials across Canada.
    "Humber is delighted to be the partner of choice for this initiative,"
said Alister Mathieson, dean, Humber's School of Hospitality, Recreation &
Tourism. "This comprehensive project will provide the opportunity for chefs to
be able to earn the world's highest culinary credential and also bring a
series of national standards to culinary education across the country."
    The estimated start date of the program is September 2008. It will be
offered in English and French, on a part-time basis and will eventually be
available online. Humber will design and deliver the curriculum and will be
the first institution to pilot the initiative. The Master Chef designation
will be open only to chefs who have already obtained their Certified Chef de
Cuisine (CCC) certification through the Canadian Culinary Institute.
    "Partnering with Humber is the first step in moving the CCFCC in the
direction of a truly professional association," said Norm Myshok, national
chairperson, Canadian Culinary Institute. "We can now offer students,
apprentices and chefs a career path that allows them to concurrently work
toward an applied degree in culinary operations while being recognized for
their level of skill by certification. We will be able to offer three levels
of certification with the Master Chef program as the pinnacle."

    Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

    A leader in polytechnic education, Humber offers innovative,
career-focused learning opportunities. It provides over 350 full- and
part-time programs including: bachelor's degree, diploma, certificate,
apprenticeship and postgraduate programs.

    Canadian Culinary Federation

    The Canadian Culinary Federation is the largest association of cooking
professionals in Canada. With over 30 chapters in Canada, the CCFCC offers an
opportunity for career advancement to culinarians of any skill level, from
apprentice cook to professional chef.

    Canadian Culinary Institute

    The Canadian Culinary Institute (CCI) administers the Certified Chef de
Cuisine (CCC) program, under the auspices of the Canadian Culinary Federation.





For further information:

For further information: Ilena Aldini-Messina, at (416) 675-6622 ext.
5479, or ilena.aldinimessina@humber.ca


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