ACFEF Chef & Child Initiative

Mission Statement

The mission of ACFEF’s Chef & Child initiative is to educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition by providing tools and resources for community-based programs led by American Culinary Federation chef members.

Current News

Host Nutrition Activities in October

ACF is calling on chefs, chapters and culinary schools across the nation to hold nutrition outreach activities during the month of October in celebration of Childhood Nutrition Day (Oct. 16) and International Chefs Day (Oct. 20). The event can be as simple as hosting a demonstration or offering healthy treats at a local school or community event. You can make a difference in your community by participating.

To support you, ACFEF, through the Chef & Child initiative, will provide chefs, chapters and culinary schools with grant opportunities and program toolkits to implement childhood nutrition programs in your community. Visit for more information.

Ingredient of the Month

Spearmint - Spearmint is a species of mint native to Europe and Asia that is now grown throughout much of the world. Unlike peppermint, spearmint only contains .05 percent menthol. The flavoring comes from carvone which has a much sweeter taste and significantly milder cooling effect. Spearmint leaves can be picked at any point in the growing season Learn more at

Become Involved

Interested in becoming involved in your local community? Host outreach events in your community and partner with a local school or after-school program. Visit our chapter corner and programs areas for more ideas. Make a donation to help fund our programs.

Ingredient of the Month

View our free, monthly articles featuring a nutritional ingredient for chefs to incorporate into their menus, as well as new kid-friendly flyers, recipes and activities.

Chefs Outreach to the
Community Day


Need an idea for an awareness activity to implement in your community? Check out our programs section. Find out what other local chapters are doing and how they are implementing our programs.

Recipes & Nutrition Resources

Check out our healthy and nutritious recipes from the CCF cookbook and culinary nutrition-focused articles that provide up-to-date research and nutrition related information. For more nutrition links, visit our nutrition resources section.

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