Culinary Resources

Hot Topics at ChefConnect: Baltimore

Calling all Southeast and Northeast Region members! Locally sourced produce, sustainable seafood and vegetarian plates are some of the top food trends of 2015, and will be hot topics at ChefConnect: Baltimore, Feb. 15–17.

At ChefConnect: Baltimore:

  • Join Mike Miello, CEC, executive chef/Food Fanatic, US Foods, Perth Amboy, New Jersey; and Rocco Paradiso, corporate chef/Food Fanatic, US Foods, Fort Mill, South Carolina, for a four-course vegetarian tasting menu
  • Learn about farmed versus wild fishing methods and the vegan alternatives from James Corwell IV, CMC, executive chef, The Pacific-Union Club, San Francisco
  • Discover how to create delicious and healthy vegan entrees and desserts with Ronald Pickarski, executive chef/president, Eco-Cuisine, Boulder, Colorado

Learn more about the presenters for ChefConnect: Baltimore and take advantage of early registration rates at Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #ChefConnect.

In The News

The ACF national office will be closed Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26. We will reopen on Monday, December 29.

Check Out the Recipe of the Week in ACF’s Recipe Collection

ACF’s recipe collection allows you to input, rate, share, search and save recipes. Make this Red Berry Breakfast Risotto on chilly December mornings. Enter your own recipes at

Give the Gift of ACF Membership!

ACF membership is the perfect way to recognize and support a colleague, friend or loved one’s commitment to the culinary industry this holiday season. Member benefits include:

  • Networking opportunities with top chefs, industry pros and executives across the U.S.
  • Digital access to current and past issues of The National Culinary Review and Sizzle: The American Culinary Federation Quarterly for Students of Cooking
  • Up to $400 savings on ACF certification and conference registration fees
  • Discounts from our Members Advantage Program partners

To purchase a gift membership, please call the ACF Membership Department at (800) 624-9458. Your gift will include a membership card, proud member sticker and ACF patch.

Register Today for ChefConnect Events in Baltimore and Indianapolis

ACF Signature Series presents ChefConnect: Baltimore and ChefConnect: Indy. Check out the seminars, cooking demonstrations and hands-on workshops available at these events and register today.

Learn About Hazelnuts: December’s Ingredient of the Month

Also known as cobnuts or filberts, hazelnuts have a firm, crunchy texture and a sweet, buttery flavor profile. They may be small, but they are full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Learn more, including a tasty recipe for Grecian Pasta, at Provided in partnership with Oregon Hazelnut Industry Office,

2015 American Culinary Classic – REGISTER TODAY!

Culinary teams, it is the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2015 American Culinary Classic. This competition is open to international culinary teams, limited to 12, as well as regional, city, college, company, military teams and individuals from the United States. This event will take place during Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show, July 30–Aug. 3, 2015, at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida. Register today!

Join ACF on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Join ACF on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to find out about exciting opportunities, industry updates and more. Share your news, thoughts and views with more than 51,500 professional chefs, foodservice executives and culinarians.

What’s Your ACF Story?

For 85 years, chefs, students and foodservice professionals have benefitted from membership and involvement in ACF. Read several members’ stories and share your story.