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 Birmingham Alabama Chapter (AL012)

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Douglas Allen, CECHelena, ALCEC

ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California (CA013)

DateNameCityCertification
August 2018Chris A. Justesen, CECLong Beach, CACEC

ACF San Francisco Chapter (CA023)

DateNameCityCertification
September 2018Stacy Radin, CEPCDaly City, CACEPC
Phichit Suppanich, CCCAntioch, CACCC

ACF Colorado Chefs Association (CO013)

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Michael J. Campe, CEC, AACLakewood, COCEC

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

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Jack A. Batten, CECUpper Marlboro, MDCEC
July 2018Vincent Brennan Hurley, CECNorth Potomac, MDCEC

ACF Central Florida Chapter (FL021)

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Flavio Tagliaferro, CECWinter Park, FLCEC

ACF Palm Beach County Chefs Association (FL041)

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Chris J. Northmore, CMPCJupiter, FLCMPC

ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association Inc (FL051)

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

ACF Greater Miami Chapter Epicurean Club (FL071)

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Gerard F. Lewis, CECMiami, FLCEC

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

DateNameCityCertification
August 2018Michael J. Rigberg, CEC, CCE, CCA, AACTampa, FLCEC
Michael J. Rigberg, CEC, CCE, CCA, AACTampa, FLCCE
November 2018James L. Aro, CEC, CCEEustis, FLCEC

American Culinary Federation (ACF) - Atlanta Chefs Association, Inc. (GA011)

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Eric Jonathan Karell, CEC, CCA, AACJohns Creek, GACEC
Eric Jonathan Karell, CEC, CCA, AACJohns Creek, GACCA
August 2018Timothy P. Elliott, CECMarietta, GACEC

ACF Greater Indianapolis Chapter (IN012)

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Michael R. Vlasich, CEC, AACPalmetto, FLCEC
October 2018Joel Rifkind, CCGreenwood, INCC

ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association (IN032)

DateNameCityCertification
September 2018Alan B. Perry, CECSouth Bend, INCEC
October 2018Donald R. Miller, CEC, CCE, AACSouth Bend, INCEC
Donald R. Miller, CEC, CCE, AACSouth Bend, INCCE

ACF Greater Baltimore Chapter Inc (MD051)

DateNameCityCertification
September 2018Margaret O. Haser, CCFrederick, MDCC

ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association (MI012)

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Joan L. Graham, CCSaint Clair Shores, MICC
Jeffrey S Wolf, CCCShelby Twp, MICCC

ACF Greater Grand Rapids Chefs Association (MI032)

DateNameCityCertification
October 2018George D. Dennis, CEC, CCE, AACGrand Rapids, MICEC
George D. Dennis, CEC, CCE, AACGrand Rapids, MICCE

ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association (MO022)

DateNameCityCertification
July 2018Dennis S. Charest, CCCLansing, KSCCC

American Culinary Federation Chefs of Charlotte Inc. (NC011)

DateNameCityCertification
September 2018Michael D. Rosen, CEC, AACCharlotte, NCCEC

ACF Chefs and Culinarians of the Heartland (NE032)

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

ACF Cleveland Chapter Inc (OH011)

DateNameCityCertification
August 2018David G. Zajac, CECLorain, OHCEC

ACF Greater Cincinnati Chapter (OH031)

DateNameCityCertification
July 2018Douglas G. Salgado, CCLiberty Twp, OHCC

ACF Pro Chefs Oregon (OR013)

DateNameCityCertification
November 2018Theodore J. Seiler, CECGresham, ORCEC

ACF The Chefs & Cooks Association of Puerto Rico (PR011)

DateNameCityCertification
August 2018Mario Ferro Diaz, CECCaguas, PRCEC

Texas Chefs Association (TX012)

DateNameCityCertification
August 2018Luis E. Becerra, CECCollege Station, TXCEC

ACF Virginia Chefs Association (VA011)

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Arnold Carl Preib, II, CSCGloucester, VACSC

ACF National Member

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Thomas L. Campbell, CECPotomac, MTCEC
Dennis W. Umberg, CECCincinnati, OHCEC
July 2018Debora L. Aragon, CCC, CCESun Valley, NVCCC
Debora L. Aragon, CCC, CCESun Valley, NVCCE
Kathleen J. Meiklejohn, CCBrooklyn, MDCC
Judy R. Uerling, CECClovis, NMCEC
September 2018Natalie R. Dauterive, CECHutto, TXCEC

No Chapter Affiliation

DateNameCityCertification
June 2018Thomas O. Messina, CECStonington, CTCEC
July 2018Gary Beaubien, CWPCWarren, MICWPC
Charles W. Guiswite, CEPC, CCALos Lunas, NMCEPC
Doug Hochhauser, CECPittsburgh, PACEC
Robyn R. Ricci, CCHouston, TXCC
August 2018Craig A. Cook, CCBoulder, COCC
September 2018Thomas P. Howell, Sr., CECBear, DECEC