Lifetime Certification

ACF offers Lifetime Certifications to recognize chefs who have demonstrated a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the culinary profession. Lifetime certificants are great leaders in our industry and encourage and motivate others to achieve excellence in the profession.

Lifetime certifications are available for certified chefs who reach the age of 62 or who by the age of 55 are fully retired from the industry. Certified chefs who retire before reaching the age of 55 for disability reasons can also apply. Please complete a PDF Lifetime Certification Application.

Recent Lifetime Certifications

Join ACF in congratulating cooks and chefs who have received lifetime certifications within the past 180 days.

Learn more about certification.

ACF San Francisco Chapter (CA023)

July 2017Brenda E. Anderson Lanoue, CECNovato, CACEC
December 2017Henry Charles Vortriede, CECOakland, CACEC

ACF Colorado Chefs Association (CO013)

July 2017Terry Watson, CEPCEvergreen, COCEPC

ACF Pikes Peak Chapter Inc (CO023)

September 2017Kathy M. Anderson, CCColorado Springs, COCC

ACF First State Chefs Association (DE021)

October 2017Edward J. Hennessy, CEC, AACHockessin, DECEC

ACF St Augustine Chapter (FL101)

July 2017Anthony Joel Lowman, II, CCC, CCEJacksonville, FLCCE
Anthony Joel Lowman, II, CCC, CCEJacksonville, FLCCC

ACF Treasure Coast Chapter (FL121)

July 2017Michael E. Barbato, Jr., CECStuart, FLCEC
September 2017David T. Adhin, CECPort Saint Lucie, FLCEC

ACF Gulf to Lakes Chefs & Cooks Association, Inc (FL201)

November 2017Mathias F. Schmich, III, CEC, CCAEustis, FLCEC
Mathias F. Schmich, III, CEC, CCAEustis, FLCCA
Robert Allan Stanford, CEC, CCETampa, FLCEC

American Culinary Federation (ACF) - Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc. (GA011)

September 2017Michael A. Deihl, CEC, CCA, AACAtlanta, GACEC

ACF of Iowa (IA022)

October 2017David M. Jensen, CCCJohnston, IACCC

ACF Chefs & Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland (IL101)

December 2017Joe Aiello, CEC, AACSchiller Park, ILCEC

ACF Greater Indianapolis Chapter (IN012)

November 2017Hollis Joseph Thomas, CCIndianapolis, INCC

ACF Ft Wayne Professional Chefs Association (IN022)

December 2017Cheryl A. Hitzemann, CEPCRoanoke, INCEPC

ACF Wichita Area Chapter (KS012)

September 2017James R. Nicholas, CECAndover, KSCEC

Epicurean Club of Boston (MA041)

July 2017Douglas C. Patten, CEC, CCA, AACTewksbury, MACEC
Douglas C. Patten, CEC, CCA, AACTewksbury, MACCA

ACF Greater Baltimore Chapter Inc (MD051)

August 2017Yooravat Kardmai, CECNottingham, MDCEC

ACF Capital Professional Chefs & Cooks Association of Greater Lansing Michigan (MI022)

July 2017James K. O'Brien, CECMason, MICEC

ACF Minneapolis Chapter (MN012)

September 2017William G. Niemer, CEC, CCEWest Saint Paul, MNCEC
William G. Niemer, CEC, CCEWest Saint Paul, MNCCE

ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association (MO022)

November 2017Cecil H. Wysong, Jr., CECPrairie Village, KSCEC

Western North Carolina Culinary Association of the ACF (NC021)

September 2017Jeffery N. Faust, CECSylva, NCCEC

Mid Hudson Culinary Assn (NY031)

November 2017Victor A. Gielisse, CMC, AACCarrollton, TXCMC

ACF Professional Chefs / Cooks Assn of Rochester (NY051)

December 2017David J. Regan, CECRochester, NYCEC

ACF Greater Dayton Chapter (OH061)

July 2017George M. Sideras, CEC, AACKettering, OHCEC

ACF Pro Chefs Oregon (OR013)

December 2017David Kenui Ching, CCCSherwood, ORCCC

ACF Philadelphia (PA041)

July 2017Mark C. Gage, CEC, CSCEChalfont, PACEC
Mark C. Gage, CEC, CSCEChalfont, PACSCE
September 2017Earl R. Arrowood, Jr., CCC, CCE, AACDoylestown, PACCC
Earl R. Arrowood, Jr., CCC, CCE, AACDoylestown, PACCE
November 2017Vincent J. Alberici, CEC, AACHavertown, PACEC

ACF Conemaugh Valley Culinary Association (PA111)

July 2017Thomas M. Chulick, CECJohnstown, PACEC

ACF Myrtle Beach Chapter (SC031)

October 2017Robert E. Brantly, CECMyrtle Beach, SCCEC

ACF Greater Smoky Mountain Chapter (TN032)

October 2017Emily G. Bashore, CECKnoxville, TNCEC

Texas Chefs Association (TX012)

July 2017Gregory A. True, CCDallas, TXCC

ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc (UT013)

August 2017Carl Rubadue, CECSalt Lake City, UTCEC
October 2017Peter J. Hodgson, CEC, AACTaylorsville, UTCEC

ACF National Member

July 2017Idalee A. Cathcart, CEPCTerrell, TXCEPC
V. Paul Citrullo, Jr., CEC, CCERiceville, TNCEC
V. Paul Citrullo, Jr., CEC, CCERiceville, TNCCE
August 2017Mark E. Dowhy, CECHuntsville, ALCEC
September 2017David Frederick Schneider, CEC, CCEBoyne City, MICCE
David Frederick Schneider, CEC, CCEBoyne City, MICEC
November 2017Patricio G. Herrera, CECSan Mateo, CACEC
Douglas H. Zimmerman, CECHendersonville, TNCEC


December 2017Christopher R. Brunsberg, CECPlymouth, MNCEC

No Chapter Affiliation

July 2017Elmer E. Byrem, CCLemoyne, PACC
Cynthia L. Jones, CCMount Vernon, WACC
Raymond J. Letourneau, CCSaint Augustine, FLCC
August 2017Eloise Gilbert Rogers, CCAurora, COCC
Bryan K. Smith, CECOro Valley, AZCEC
September 2017Rebecca J Pechman, CCEEverett, WACCE
Susan G. Richter, CWPCClarks Summit, PACWPC
October 2017Patricia J. Dinco, CEPCSaint Clair Shores, MICEPC
Susan Hatalsky, CEC, CCEMalta, NYCEC
Susan Hatalsky, CEC, CCEMalta, NYCCE
Sharon Elizabeth Hodgdon, CCAnacortes, WACC
November 2017Caley E Augustine, Jr., CECCampobello, SCCEC