Okem chef earns certificate

Okemo Mountain Resort Executive Chef Michael Breen was designated Certified Executive Chef by The American Culinary Federation.

The Executive Chef certification identifies those chefs who have demonstrated a level of culinary competence and expertise through their education, work experience, culinary knowledge and skills consistent with the executive chef level.

The ACF Executive Chef certification is the fourth level of official recognition in the organization's Cooking Professional category. It is eclipsed only by the elite Master Chef designation.

"It's not quite Iron Chef," said Breen, "but the timed practical examination required me to create a fish course, a salad course and an entr e, using 17 or 18 items from a market basket, in front of ACF judges who were observing my organization, sanitation and utilization skills."

Breen has held the position of executive chef at Okemo since the resort broadened its culinary offerings with the opening of the Jackson Gore Inn and Coleman Brook Tavern in 2003.

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