Date: June 12, 2007
CCFCC chooses Humber to offer first Master Chef Designation in Canada
Toronto –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.
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.