- Feed your passion for food through membership in the largest
culinary organization, and the only organization promoting the
professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of
culinarians at all levels.
- Big Savings!
- Up to $150 savings on Certification & Practical Test Fees
- Up to $275 savings on registration fees at the ACF regional and
- 10–50% savings on products and services from our Members
Advantage Program participants
- Up to $500 savings on Conferences and Trade Shows from culinary
- Network with renowned chefs, top industry professionals and
- Get involved! With nearly 200 chapters…The
opportunity to become involved in the community through participation in
a local ACF Chapter.
- Propel your career through Certification.
Maintain your competitive edge in today’s evolving culinary
- Access ACF’s Career
Center…Our web-based service allows job seekers to post
résumés and view open positions across the nation.
- Access the latest trends and techniques in the industry with our
digital version of The
National Culinary Review, our ACF award-winning magazine. (10
issues per year)
- Reach culinary students and educators through our digital magazine,
The American Culinary Federation quarterly for students of
- Receive up-to-date ACF news in The
Culinary Insider, the official biweekly e-newsletter.
ACF’s online store with culinary books, textbooks, cookbooks, ACF
logo merchandise and more!
Raise the standard of your culinary excellence through participation in
our local, regional or national ACF-sanctioned competitions. Put your
skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive format.
- Gain valuable experience through ACFEF’s apprenticeship
program. Combine on-the-job training with technical classroom
opportunities for both culinary students and professional chefs
seeking to further their education.
- Be a part of the honor society of ACF. The American
Academy of Chefs (AAC) represents the highest standards of
professionalism in the organization, society and industry.
- Accelerate your career. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Be part of the Team. ACF
Culinary Team USA is the official representative team of the United
States in major national and international culinary competitions.
- Help build a healthier tomorrow with Chef &
Child Foundation. Be a voice in the culinary industry in its fight
against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity. American Culinary
Federation chef members help educate children and families in
understanding proper nutrition through community-based initiatives.
- Term Life
Insurance. Offered to members in “good standing.” This
benefit is currently being offered to Professional Culinarian,
Culinarian, Student Culinarian, Senior Professional Culinarian, Allied
and Associate members who are not part of Property or Military
- Gain access to a global network…World Association
of Chefs Societies, or Worldchefs, comprised of 8 million chefs worldwide in
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