Master Chef - A Career Overview

Written by Liz Smith

In ordinary conversationrepparttar term “master chef” is often used casually, and applied to anyone who is a notably good cook. What many people do not realize is thatrepparttar 149811 term is also a professional classification, like a Certified Public Accountant or Registered Nurse. To be a Certified Master Chef (CMC) isrepparttar 149812 highest qualification inrepparttar 149813 American professional culinary world.

The certification to become a CMC is provided byrepparttar 149814 American Culinary Federation (ACF),repparttar 149815 largest and most prestigious organization dedicated to professional chefs inrepparttar 149816 United States. The goal ofrepparttar 149817 ACF is to promoterepparttar 149818 professional image of American chefs worldwide through education and certification programs for chefs of all levels. The AFC certification program was established in 1981 to further that goal and improverepparttar 149819 quality of professional competency throughoutrepparttar 149820 industry, and ACF chef certification isrepparttar 149821 only kind currently recognized byrepparttar 149822 U.S. Department of Labor.

The Certified Master Chef level isrepparttar 149823 highest and most demanding of allrepparttar 149824 ACF’s certification levels. CMC certification is granted only afterrepparttar 149825 candidate has passed an intensive 10-day practical test of culinary skills and knowledge. The practical test covers food safety and sanitation, organization skills such as work flow, timing of service and follow-up, proper utilization of all ingredients, etc., cooking skills and culinary techniques, and taste and presentation skills.

Mid Life Crisis, Life Transitions, & Ontological Coaching

Written by Robert Wummer

Recently I have been watching a TV show called Blowout. It is a reality show about a hair designer, Jonathan Antin who struggles to get his Beverly Hills salon up and running. Not only dorepparttar Hollywood stars visit his shop but also many other women come in for makeovers withrepparttar 149626 hope that they too will look likerepparttar 149627 rich and famous. In fact, when their makeovers are finished they really do look more glamorous than when they walked in. Actually,repparttar 149628 TV is filled with shows like these includingrepparttar 149629 famous Extreme Makeover and Dr. 90214, which depicts Beverly Hill’s plastic surgeons reshaping and changingrepparttar 149630 appearances of women of all ages. In these showsrepparttar 149631 women, in particular, discuss how they feel stuck in a midlife crisis or are anxious about a life transition.

When I am atrepparttar 149632 fitness center I observe women and men of all ages and sizes feverishly working out. Personally, I think it is tremendous that women are working to create a new persona for themselves. It would be simple to conclude that these women are just focusing on their outward appearances. I do not know if this isrepparttar 149633 case or not. My hope would be that women are just as concerned with their mental and spiritual health as well as their physical appearance. I believe many are doing just that, but what about those who are not? What about those women who sense a lack of direction or purpose in life, which can be associated with a mid life crisis? What about those women who are dealing with a life transition and are anxious about their abilities to handle it or just feeling overwhelmed by life itself?

Often there is a stigma attached to seeing a psychologist, entering into therapy or counseling or seeking guidance from a religious institution. Certainly if one is severely depressed, suffering from addictions or other mental and spiritual disorders then counseling or therapy is indeed appropriate. But what about a healthy person who does just feel stuck, lacking a direction in life, or overwhelmed, is there a place for them to turn? The answer to that may lie in being coached. Ontological Coaching, in particular, is not about transforming one’s personality. It begins withrepparttar 149634 premise thatrepparttar 149635 person is healthy and their self is intact. Ontological Coaching is about opening up new horizons of learning, which in turn expands how you observe future possibilities and opportunities. In essence, this is how you view your very being or soul.

How is Ontological Coaching different from other forms of coaching? The answer lies in its expanded view of language. The desire to alter outcomes or improve an individual’s performance is a central goal in traditional as well as ontological coaching. The difference is found inrepparttar 149636 process. In traditional coaching one typically observes an action,repparttar 149637 results of that action is assessed, a determination is made as to what is missing,repparttar 149638 actions are then modified,repparttar 149639 modified actions are taken, and thenrepparttar 149640 cycle is repeated. This approach does tend to improverepparttar 149641 effectiveness and efficiency ofrepparttar 149642 known actions. However,repparttar 149643 assessment is only concerned withrepparttar 149644 known actions or possibilities thatrepparttar 149645 client sees as reality. I believe when someone is suffering, perhaps inrepparttar 149646 throes of a mid life crisis or a life transition it is because their self orrepparttar 149647 ability ofrepparttar 149648 self to observe future possibilities or opportunities is limited or narrow in scope. In Ontological Coaching a new element is added torepparttar 149649 process. This critical piece isrepparttar 149650 language ofrepparttar 149651 observer. Suffering is a linguistic or social phenomenon as opposed to pain, which is a biological phenomenon.

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