Michael Allemeier Awarded Master Chef Certification


CALGARY, Alta. — Michael Allemeier, chef and culinary instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), has earned a Master Chef certification, becoming the third Canadian chef to receive the designation.

“It’s been an interesting voyage of knowledge and skills and personal discovery,” says Allemeier. “At the end of the day, I’m even more engaged now in the craft and education. I love that I’m in a position where I can continue to influence, mentor and develop my love for this craft in the next generation.”

The Certified Master Chef program began in Canada in 2011 with only two other chefs successfully certified: Ottawa-based Judson Simpson, executive chef at the House of Commons, and Tobias MacDonald, a Vancouver Community College instructor.

There are 11 components required for certification — seven academic portions to be graded and four kitchen exams held in Toronto at Humber College. Chefs are also tested on everything from garde manger and baking theory to nutrition and food allergies to entrepreneurship, tourism and hospitality marketing.

Allemeier joined SAIT in 2009 and has worked in Calgary’s Teatro, Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna and Vancouver’s famed Bishop’s.

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