GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has revitalized its connection with the ACF, American Culinary Federation. This is the organization that bestows the official titles of Executive Chef, Master Chef, Executive Pastry Chef, Master Pastry Chef, Etc. in our country. It is also the organization that will be granting our renewed accreditation this year.
This is the beginning to making SICE at GRCC an official Certification Site. We will now host this event four times per year. Locations such as this are highly sought after; chefs have come from all over Michigan and we have one chef that traveled from Pittsburgh to attempt his certification. This certification process can take several attempts for the executive chef level. Many do not succeed the first time.
Two of the candidates are our graduates:
- Daniel Flynn, class of 1999 is currently the chef at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. He is attempting his Executive Chef Certification.
- Josh Ferguson, class of 2009, is currently a chef here at the GRCC ATC Catering department working with Chef Luba Petrash.
The judges are another wonderful collaboration bringing three Michigan ACF chapters together for the first time in over six years as well as three top culinary schools.