About ACF

Kyle Richardson, CEC, CCE, AAC

Kyle Richardson

Professor, Culinary Arts, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois
ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

“I have been an ACF member for more than 30 years and wish to continue building and forging us in the future. I have held multiple board positions, starting with my local chapter in roles that included president. On the national level, I have been a strong advocate for the military, students, professional chefs and pastry chefs in my position as chair of the ACFEF Apprenticeship Committee and Central Region vice president. I would like to continue working on many of these items as your national secretary. ACF is at a critical point in our history, and I wish to be a part of the transition to a strong and exciting future.”


Kyle Richardson, CEC, CCE, AAC, is presently a professor of Culinary Arts at Joliet Junior College. He has been in the Hospitality business for 30 years starting as a prep cook busboy in a 4 star French restaurant Masons.

A Graduate of Washburne Trade School Culinary program in Chicago, he was born and raised in New Orleans and was Chef there for years. He was chef in such places as Upper Line, Dante by the River, Tom Norris and Renaissance Hotel. Was brought back to Chicago in the 80s by the Roth Corporation to be the Executive Chef of the Black Hawk restaurant and soon to become their Corporate Chef & Executive Chef of the River Plaza location on the Chicago River. Richardson was chef in many Chicago restaurants and clubs such as Nick Fish market, Saddle and Cycle club, Barrington Hills Country Club, Ruth Lake Country Club and the Du Page Club. He was corporate mentor for Sunrise Corporation in restaurant and dinning development. Richardson also owned his own restaurant and bakery called Crescent City in Carol Stream, Illinois, up until 2000.

Chef Richardson has had many professional and community awards and recognitions through out his years in the hospitality industry. He is also authoring his own book on Club chefs in America and Nutritional awareness.

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