Chef Dina Altieri, Director Of Workforce Development at UMOM New Day Centers and incoming President of the American Culinary Federation Chef’s Association of Arizona, asked Scottsdale Community College students the question; “Why Join A Professional Chef’s Network?” What are some of the reasons why a culinary student would get involved in with networking group? The answer are below.
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Culinary Arts & Hospitality Job Fair hosted by SCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality on Friday, Dec. 5.
SCC Culinary Arts students graduating with an Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts‘ have also met the requirements for Certified Culinarian, CC certification from the American Culinary Federation, ACF.
To obtain this level of certification, those graduating will have to is turning in their ACFEF Accredited Program Graduate Application with proof of graduation and this form Employment Documentation Form within two years of graduation. What sets a certified cook/chef apart from others is certification. Getting those abbreviations behind your name reflects your commitment to yourself, your careers, your craft, and your community.
The employers in the room were also great to connect with as they too benefited from hearing more about ACF Certification, and networking with the local chapter in Arizona, the ACFAZ. Part of our disconnect is in the education to employers about why ACF Certification’s matters which is part of my “why’ behind this.
One point Chef Altieri made in her presentation was the value of 3rd party endorsement, and that’s a very value for attending ACFAZ meetings. ACFAZ meeting gives you access to other culinarians and their network. That’s a huge value.
Attend these meetings with intention. Meet new people on purpose, ask questions about their job, experience, culinary goals, and get involved with volunteering. Share with others your goals, and learn to market yourself. Become a good networker, this is an investment yourself that will pay dividends over your career.
To learn more about the ACF and networking with the ACFAZ, please join us on January 13, 2020, at Agave Farms. Stay in touch with the ACFAZ via their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/acfchefsofaz/