DOWNEY - Downey resident Darrell Folck has earned the designation of "certified executive chef" from the American Culinary Federation (ACF).Folck is a chef instructor at California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena and member of ACF California School of Culinary Arts. A certified executive chef is the department head usually responsible for all culinary units in a restaurant, hotel, club, hospital or foodservice establishment, or the owner of a restaurant. They must also supervise a minimum of five full-time employees and pass a practical exam in front of peers. In the practical exam, chefs use selected ingredients to write and produce a three-course meal, including fish, salad and main course. Chefs must adhere to strict guidelines, such as time, amount of ingredients, presentation and cooking techniques. Since 1973, the ACF has awarded more than 20,750 certifications and is the only certifier of U.S. master chefs and master pastry chefs.
********** Published: September 11, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 21