Membership categories are designed to follow your professional
culinary career. Choose the designation that best describes you.
A Culinarian with a minimum of three years full-time employment in
the culinary profession.
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.
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.
A Junior Culinarian is a high-school student between 16 and 18 years
An Associate Member is a representative of a group, company or
corporation providing products or services to the culinary
An Allied Member is an individual employed in a field related to the
culinary profession (such as dietitians, nutritionists, and restaurant
managers or owners).
A Property Membership is an affordable option for companies who wish
to enroll their employees. A minimum of six culinary staff must be enrolled to
receive a discount. Each employee may join a local chapter or become an
ACF national member. More
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.
ACF offers military personnel the benefits of a membership at a
reduced price. More
ACF’s membership brochure