The Great American Dream ChallengeWritten by Marcia Wieder
Pull Quote: “the secret to living a “dream come true” life is to believe in your dream simply because it matters to you.” Making Your Dreams Come True Years ago, people came to America in pursuit of their dreams—work hard, stay focused and you can achieve American Dream. For many who have attained basic American Dream–basic freedom, own a home, own a car, have a family, finding a dream that takes us to next level of achievement can become a fragmented experience. We want this. We want that. We want everything. And ever since September 11th, we want to feel safer and more connected to family, friends and community. There’s never been a more important time to set forth to achieve your dreams. Without dreams and vision, companies and countries fail, and without our personal dreams, hopes and aspirations, life can become meaningless. For this reason, I propose “The Great Dream Challenge” and I encourage you to take advantage of this support system to achieve your dreams. The Challenge If we define a dream as something that you want, that has heart and meaning for you and that you believe in, than what are your dreams? Even if you tend to be overly realistic, you still have dreams or things that you want for yourself and others. Whether you have a dream or are in need of a new one, whether your dream is for yourself, your community or world, this is your chance to act, to get help in making it happen and to support others in doing same. The Challenge here is simple, yet powerful. Pick a dream, at least one, small or large, personal or professional that matters to you and make commitment to achieve it (or a portion of it) by a certain date. Here’s how The Dream Challenge works: • Identify a dream that you are passionate about—something that matters to you. • Put it in writing, tell others about it who will support you and is committed to helping you overcome obstacles and achieve results. • Join an organization or online community that will help you get closer to your dreams through volunteering, helping you to build skills, or providing support. • Learn to make specific requests that will help you achieve your dreams and then share those resources with others. • Create a broad “Dream Circle” for support and accountability. • Take serious action. Many of us think, “I’ll believe in my dream when I see that it’s a sure thing or at least when there’s proof that it’s likely to happen.” But secret to living a “dream come true” life is to believe in your dream simply because it matters to you. In other words, looking for certainty out in world is not place to begin. The place to look is in your own heart. Choose to believe in your dream. Then take action to demonstrate – to yourself and others – you really do believe.
Master Chef - A Career OverviewWritten by Liz Smith
In ordinary conversation term “master chef” is often used casually, and applied to anyone who is a notably good cook. What many people do not realize is that term is also a professional classification, like a Certified Public Accountant or Registered Nurse. To be a Certified Master Chef (CMC) is highest qualification in American professional culinary world.
The certification to become a CMC is provided by American Culinary Federation (ACF), largest and most prestigious organization dedicated to professional chefs in United States. The goal of ACF is to promote 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 improve quality of professional competency throughout industry, and ACF chef certification is only kind currently recognized by U.S. Department of Labor.
The Certified Master Chef level is highest and most demanding of all ACF’s certification levels. CMC certification is granted only after 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.