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John Hagerman, Culinary Director at Traditions of Deerfield Awarded Certified Executive Chef Certification

John HagermanTraditions congratulates John Hagerman, Culinary Director at Traditions of Deerfield! Chef John has been awarded CERTIFIED EXECUTIVE CHEF status through the American Culinary Federation. Only 3% of all chefs in the United States have attained this distinction.

According to the ACF, “Earners of this designation have demonstrated they have reached a benchmark of knowledge, skills, and culinary experience of an advanced level in food preparation. They are proficient in food safety and sanitation, culinary nutrition, supervisory management, beverage management and cost control management and prepare food of the highest quality.”

John is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY.

"I am here to make people happy,” stated Chef John. “Leading the Culinary Team at Traditions of Deerfield is deeply satisfying to me, especially when we have such a kindhearted and caring staff. It's a pleasure to be a part of this team and to cater to our residents as unique individuals."

Dave Kahn, Traditions Vice President of Culinary Services said, “Attaining your CEC is no easy feat. There is a written test, practical exam with judging, and online learning. This is incredibly challenging to in general, not to mention, while leading a Culinary Department in one of our communities. We are incredibly proud of Chef John!”