Certified Personal Chefs

CPC LogoYou’ll notice that some of the chefs listed in our directory have a CPC behind their name. These are among the top chefs in the industry, who have taken the time and effort to achieve the designation of Certified Personal Chef. You can rest assured that those chefs with a CPC designation will provide you with the highest quality services.

In 1996 the United States Personal Chef Association created a certification program with a three-fold purpose:

  1. To provide a standard by which the public could assess a Personal Chef’s competency.
  2. To provide the Personal Chef with industry recognition of their professional commitment.
  3. To establish standards by which the Personal Chef industry could become self-regulated.

The federally registered trademark, Certified Personal Chef (CPC), is an industry endorsement of professional expertise. The Certified Personal Chef (CPC) designation assures customers of the chef’s commitment to excellence. The certification program requirements, standards, and procedures are established by the United States Personal Chef Association and may change without notice to reflect, support, and enhance the growth of the personal chef industry.

A Certified Personal Chef is a chef with a minimum of two (2) full years experience as a personal chef who is engaged in the purchasing, preparing, cooking and serving foods on a “cook-for-hire” basis; is responsible for menu planning and development, marketing, financial management, and operational decisions of a private business; provides services to a variety of clients; possesses a thorough knowledge of food safety, sanitation, and nutrition; and has accumulated at least 50 points in the areas of work experience, education, business and culinary group activities and participation along with personal awards and media exposure.

Read more about Certification at the USPCA webpage.

Mark Tafoya, CPC
ReMARKable Palate Personal Chef Service
Customized meal solutions for families and individuals, Romantic Dinners for Two, Dinner Parties, and Custom Cooking Classes.
Serving New York City

Lia Soscia, CPC
Home Cooking Consultant Personal Chef Services
Interactive cooking parties, private cooking classes, and personal chef services
Serving Long Island

Vickie Kirlick, CPC
Traveling Gourmet
Personal Chef services, Interactive Dinner Parties, Private & Group Cooking Lessons
Serving Bergen, Passaic and Essex Counties in NJ, Rockland County, NY