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Membership Categories

Membership categories are designed to follow your professional culinary career. Choose the designation that best describes you.

Professional Culinarian

A Culinarian with a minimum of three years full-time employment in the culinary profession.

Culinarian

A Culinarian is an individual not involved in the management or supervision of staff, with a minimum of 6 months full time employment. A Culinarian should be pursuing on-the-job training and experience necessary to advance to the membership level of Professional Culinarian. A culinarian membership is subject to a limit of five years.

Student Culinarian

A Student Culinarian is a student or apprentice with less than two years full-time employment, a student enrolled in an accredited postsecondary culinary education program, or a registered apprentice as defined by the ACF apprenticeship training program. A student membership is subject to a limit of four years.

Junior Culinarian

A Junior Culinarian is a high-school student between 16 and 18 years of age.

Associate

An Associate Member is a representative of a group, company or corporation providing products or services to the culinary profession.

Allied

An Allied Member is an individual employed in a field related to the culinary profession (such as dietitians, nutritionists, and restaurant managers or owners).

Property Membership

A Property Membership is an affordable option for companies who wish to enroll their employees. A minimum of 8 chefs must be enrolled to receive a discount. Each employee may join a local chapter or become an ACF national member. More

Culinary Enthusiast

A Culinary Enthusiast Member is an individual that is not employed in a culinary field, but has a passion for the culinary arts. Individuals who enjoy cooking, baking, dining at independent restaurants, or who may have their favorite chef on speed dial should join as an Enthusiast.

Military

ACF offers military personnel the benefits of a membership at a reduced price. More

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