The American Academy of Chefs American Academy of Chefs®

The honor society of ACF, the American Academy of Chefs (AAC) represents the highest standards of professionalism in the organization, society and industry. The Academy’s primary mission is to promote the education of all culinarians by mentoring culinarians, awarding scholarships to students seeking a future in the culinary industry, and by providing grants to professional working chefs looking to further their career.

Support Our Mission

The primary goal of Academy Fellows is to promote the education of future culinarians by sharing the skills, training and expertise they possess. Your donation ensures we have the resources necessary to fulfill our mission. Donate online, call (904) 484-0202, or send a check to American Academy of Chefs, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095.

Sharing Culinary Traditions - Mentorship Program

The mission of the ACF mentorship program is to provide student culinarians the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with professional chefs in our organization who are willing to share their knowledge, life experiences and advice to assist these young culinarians on their path to a successful career. Learn more and sign up.

Scholarships and Grants

The Academy offers educational scholarships to high school students, college students, and professional chefs looking to further their education. The Academy also offers grants to student teams competing at the ACF regional conferences and national convention.


Becoming a Fellow Academy Member

Know a hard-working, dedicated and qualified chef? Encourage him or her to apply to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs. Learn more about the requirements and application process.


American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame™

Established in 1988, the American Academy of Chef Culinary Hall of Fame™ recognizes AAC Fellows for their accomplishments and extraordinary contributions to ACF, AAC, and the culinary profession over a lifetime. Current Members


Awards and Recognitions

The Academy recognizes those who put time and effort towards furthering the culinary industry through a prestigious awards program. More


Academy Merchandise

Purchase AAC merchandise and show your support for the Academy every day. Items include our commemorative coin containing one troy ounce of .999 fine silver. For AAC apparel, please go to our partner NEWCHEF Fashion, Inc.


Support Our Mission

For the Academy to continue to fulfill its mission, it is imperative that we have an accessible and viable Academy office to administer scholarships, correspondence, website updates, newsletter and Academy regional and national events. Make a donation. Special thanks to our donors.

Become a Sponsor

Showcase your company in front of this highly esteemed society of professional chefs during our annual events. Gain access to the buying power and influence this esteemed group represents. View our partnership opportunities. Special thanks to our sponsors.