Lifetime Certification

ACF offers Lifetime Certifications to recognize chefs who have demonstrated a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the culinary profession. Lifetime certificants are great leaders in our industry and encourage and motivate others to achieve excellence in the profession.

Lifetime certifications are available for certified chefs who reach the age of 62 or who by the age of 55 are fully retired from the industry. Certified chefs who retire before reaching the age of 55 for disability reasons can also apply. Please complete a PDF Lifetime Certification Application.

Recent Lifetime Certifications

Join ACF in congratulating cooks and chefs who have received lifetime certifications within the past 180 days.

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ACF Chefs Association of Arizona, Inc. (AZ033)

February 2019Brian W. Dragos, CEC, CCE, AACChandler, AZCEC
Brian W. Dragos, CEC, CCE, AACChandler, AZCCE

ACF Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Assn (CA033)

March 2019Peter A. Striffolino, CECSan Juan Capistrano, CACEC

ACF Nation's Capital Chef's Association (DC011)

March 2019Ciaran Devlin, CECOakton, VACEC

ACF Central Florida Chapter (FL021)

November 2018Sharon B. Nina, CECOrlando, FLCEC

ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association Inc (FL051)

November 2018Frederik J. Lucardie, CEC, AACTampa, FLCEC
Suzette A. Marquette, CECBradenton, FLCEC

ACF St Augustine Chapter (FL101)

February 2019Randy B. Green, CEC, CEPC, CCEJacksonville Beach, FLCEPC

ACF Gulf to Lakes Chefs & Cooks Association, Inc (FL201)

November 2018James L. Aro, CEC, CCEEustis, FLCEC

ACF Caxambas Chapter of Southwest Florida (FL211)

February 2019Katherine E. Quarles, CEC, CCEEstero, FLCEC
Katherine E. Quarles, CEC, CCEEstero, FLCCE

ACF Augusta Chapter (GA041)

January 2019Grady Edward Walker, CEC, AACMartinez, GACEC

ACF Chicago Chefs (IL101)

February 2019Christopher C. Thielman, CEC, CCEAurora, ILCEC
Christopher C. Thielman, CEC, CCEAurora, ILCCE

ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association (IN032)

January 2019Debra Lynn Polk, CCSouth Bend, INCC

ACF New Orleans Chapter (LA012)

April 2019Frank P. Sclafani, Sr., CECMetairie, LACEC

Epicurean Club of Boston (MA041)

February 2019James V. DiMarzio, CEC, AACReadville, MACEC

ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association (MI012)

January 2019Kevin Matthew Enright, CEC, CCE, AACTroy, MICEC
Kevin Matthew Enright, CEC, CCE, AACTroy, MICCE
Diane R. Newell, CC, CPCOnsted, MICC
Diane R. Newell, CC, CPCOnsted, MICPC

American Culinary Federation Chefs of Charlotte Inc. (NC011)

January 2019Douglas J. Polmann, CEC, AACStatesville, NCCEC

Western North Carolina Culinary Association of the ACF (NC021)

February 2019Robert William Shea, CECClyde, NCCEC

ACF Chefs and Culinarians of the Heartland (NE032)

November 2018Gary Hoffman, CEC, CCALa Vista, NECEC
Gary Hoffman, CEC, CCALa Vista, NECCA

ACF New Mexico Chapter (NM013)

February 2019Robert L. Witte, CEC, CCA, AACGallup, NMCEC
Robert L. Witte, CEC, CCA, AACGallup, NMCCA

ACF Chefs Las Vegas (NV013)

January 2019Lucio Arancibia, CEC, AACHenderson, NVCEC

Mid Hudson Culinary Assn (NY031)

February 2019John J. Griffin, CEC, CEPCRed Hook, NYCEPC
John J. Griffin, CEC, CEPCRed Hook, NYCEC

ACF Capital District - Central New York (NY041)

April 2019Keith E. Buerker, CEC, CCECentral Bridge, NYCEC

ACF of Greater Buffalo New York (NY061)

February 2019Neal F. Plazio, CECWilliamsville, NYCEC

ACF Eastern Long Island Chefs Chapter (NY261)

March 2019Robert C. Sherlock, CEC, AACManorville, NYCEC

ACF Greater Cincinnati Chapter (OH031)

March 2019Judy A. Walsh, CCE, CSCE, CPCHamilton, OHCPC
Judy A. Walsh, CCE, CSCE, CPCHamilton, OHCSCE
April 2019Robert Passero, CWPCCincinnati, OHCWPC

ACF Pro Chefs Oregon (OR013)

November 2018Theodore J. Seiler, CECGresham, ORCEC

ACF Harrisburg Chapter (PA181)

March 2019Thomas J. Long, CEC, AACNew Cumberland, PACEC

Old Dominion ACF Chapter (VA021)

March 2019Charles H. Talley, Jr., CEC, MBAChester, VACEC

ACF Washington State Chefs Association (WA013)

February 2019Roger E. Knapp, CECUniversity Place, WACEC

ACF National Member

November 2018James Michael Bragan, CECMorehead City, NCCEC
December 2018Michael J. Garahan, CECEmporia, KSCEC
January 2019Ronald DeSantis, CMC, AAC, MBABranford, CTCMC
March 2019David W. Hendricksen, CCC, CCEFolly Beach, SCCCC
David W. Hendricksen, CCC, CCEFolly Beach, SCCCE
Michael W. Mahr, CECWaynesboro, PACEC


February 2019Richard W. Burr, CECNorwood, NYCEC

No Chapter Affiliation

December 2018Margaret D. Condrasky, CCE, ED.D, RDPiedmont, SCCCE
John C. Hetmanski, CECCalifornia, MDCEC
January 2019Jenny L. Sweeney, CSCFlorence, KYCSC
March 2019Larry E. Baumann, CCCSandy Valley, NVCCC
April 2019Deborah M. Rice, CCSan Antonio, TXCC