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The Epicurean Review, September 21, 2022

Epicurean Club of Boston Members welcome to September.

What does the month of September mean to you?

The month of September brings us a change of seasons: The warmth of summer gives way to mornings with a touch of chill in the air; the evenings come earlier as the days shorten in the rhythm of the season. Change means letting go and accepting what will come: we must allow the comfortable to be replaced by new urgencies.

The month of September is generally the best time of year to pick apples. While different varieties of apples ripen at different times, and the climate varies the harvest from year to year, early fall is almost always a reliable time to go apple picking.

Who invented the Candy Apple?

The History of Candy Apples Candy Apples Are A Must At The Fair Even Today... According to one source, American William W. Kolb invented the red candy apple. Kolb, a veteran Newark candy-maker, produced his first batch of candied apples in 1908.

Upcoming Events

1st Annual ACF Sanctioned Chopped Competition.

Four ACF chapters will compete ACF Epicurean Club of Boston, ACF RI, ACF NH and ACF Cape Cod Chapter, Location and date TBD, Stay tuned for more information.

Wachusett Mountain BBQFest

September 17& 18th is a group fundraiser for Culinary Scholarships supported by ACF RI and the Epicurean Club of Boston.

This year we will be raffling off a Masterbuilt propane smoker be sure to get your raffle tickets soon you may be this year's winner.

Volunteers are needed, please contact John R Disessa CEC, AAC if you would like to volunteer one or both days at

September 19th

The Epicurean club of Boston will be supporting the Connor Heffler Golf Classic & Cops for Kids with Cancer. Volunteers are needed. Please reach out to Tim Foley at if you would like to volunteer.

October 17th

Epicurean club of Boston Membership meeting will be held at 4 Top Hospitality Solutions and E3 Commercial Kitchens Please purchase your tickets online soon to reserve your space. This will be a joint meeting with ACF RI.

November 7th

This is our date for the Epicurean club of Boston's President's Ball. This year's ball will be at the Summerset Club in Boston. Dinner will be prepared by last year's Chef of the year Michael Shannon CEC . This is going to be a great dinner so be sure to purchase your tickets soon.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on October 17th at 4-Top Hospitality.

Welcome to fall.

- Chef DiSessa

Chef Earle Test Certification Corner

September 1, 2022

ACF Certification exhibits a benchmark of excellence by demonstrating professional standards in culinary skills and knowledge of the food service industry. Certified chefs attain the well-deserved recognition and respect of their peers.

Upcoming Practical Exam

The Epicurean Club of Boston is once again partnering with Assabet Valley Regional Technical HS in Marlborough, MA to host an ACF Certification Practical Exam on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

To register for the exam you can follow this link

Registering for ACF Practical Exams

• ACF approval is required prior to registering for practical exams.

• Register online or by submitting Practical Exam Candidate Registration Form.

• The practical exam fee is $50 for ACF members and $100 for non-members. Test sites may charge an additional host site fee that is payable to the site hosting the exam.

• Practical exam scores are valid for one year.

We are ready and happy to help you prepare and answer any questions you may have about the certification process.


Recertification enhances continued competence and reaffirms knowledge in food safety and sanitation, nutrition and supervisory management. Learning experiences that enhance the knowledge and skill development of culinary arts professionals are considered continued education hours (CEH).

Upgrading/Adding an Additional Certification

If you are interested in upgrading your current certification or adding an additional certification, please contact the ACF Certification Department prior to applying to verify documentation already on file. Upgrading may be more appropriate for some candidates than recertification, and most of your requirements will be on file.

Maintaining Certification

All levels require 80 CEHs every five (5) years. The requirement of 80 CEHs over a five-year period was determined so that, on average, a chef would complete 16 CEHs per year, keeping them current and up to date on culinary trends and practices.

If you have additional certification levels, your CEH recertification requirements will be as follows:

Two certification levels: 120

Three certification levels: 140

Four certification levels: 160

Earning CEHs

Plan ahead to make the best use of your time and money. You can begin earning CEHs as soon as you have completed the last recertification cycle. Know what you need and begin earning CEHs early to keep up your certification. ACF Certified Members can monitor CEHs on ACF Member Profile Page.

Food Safety and Sanitation must be current (completed no more than five years ago) for every recertification. An 8-hour refresher, state issued sanitation card or ServSafe can be used to fulfill the requirement. Nutrition and Supervisory Management refreshers (8 hour minimum) are only submitted one time for recertification once original 30-hour courses are more than five years old.

25% of your CEH must come from volunteer, leadership, or competition activities effective January 1, 2020 for all levels.

ACF-Approved Learning Opportunities

Online Learning Center

The ACF provides online opportunities to enhance your skills, advance your career and maintain your ACF certification. Take online classes, quizzes and practice written certification exams all in one place. Watch recorded sessions from ACF events if you were unable to attend. ACF members, your continuing education hours will be automatically uploaded to your profile. Many of the classes are free so take a moment and check out all the offerings by following the link above.

Digital Badges

As the premier certifying body for cooks and chefs and America, ACF remains committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals. We are pleased to announce the launch of a new way to communicate the ACF credentials you have earned in the ever-expanding online marketplace as well as on social media. At no cost to you!

The ACF has partnered with Credly’s Acclaim platform to provide you with a digital version of your credentials. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This link contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.

If you have any questions regarding the certification process please contact Certification Chair, Earle Test, CEC, CCE, CCA at


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