(June 15, 2010)—Jacob P. Hizny, of Pittston, has earned the certified executive chef designation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc. Hizny is corporate executive chef at Maine’s Paper and Food Service, Conklin, N.Y., and a member of ACF Professional Chefs of Northeast Pennsylvania.
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.
Certified chefs in restaurants, hotels and other foodservice operations demonstrate commitment to quality foodservice and must renew their certification every five years. ACF has awarded more than 20,750 certifications since 1973 and is the only certifier of U.S. master chefs and master pastry chefs.
The American Culinary Federation, Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. With more than 22,000 members spanning 230 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States. For more information, visit www.acfchefs.org.