Loon Lake chef earns award

— Phillip J. Smith, of Loon Lake, New York, Executive Chef at Whiteface Club and Resort in Lake Placid, New York, has earned the Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) designation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc., the nation’s largest organization of professional chefs. Smith is a member of ACF Chapter NY021, Glens Falls.

ACF operates the only comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States and currently certifies nearly 13,000 professionals worldwide. Candidates for ACF certification must have a high level of work and educational experience, and pass both a written and practical examination. In addition, candidates must complete coursework in food safety, nutrition and supervisory management.

Certified chefs in restaurants, hotels and other foodservice operations demonstrate commitment to quality foodservice and must renew their certification(s) every five years. ACF is the only certifier of U.S. master chefs and master pastry chefs.

Smith has had over 30 years of experience in the restaurant/hospitality/foodservice industry. He is a 1995 graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Scottsdale, Ariz. In addition, he is a certified Servsafe Food Protection Manager, Instructor and registered Examination Proctor.

Mark Sperling, General Manager of the Whiteface Club Companies in congratulating Chef Smith commented, “Phil is a great asset to our organization and brings not only his professional skills and talents but his overall enthusiasm for creative, tasty and healthy food to the Club and our clients.”

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