Welcome to the Next Generation of the ACF

For 90 years ACF has not only been the champion of the culinary profession for chefs around the country, but around the world. Now, to further this commitment, ACF is proud to announce two new Student Membership programs for ACFEF-accredited programs — one for post-secondary students and one for secondary students.

Our new Post-Secondary Student Program that allows ACFEF Accredited post-secondary programs to provide their culinary students individual Student Memberships in the ACF for a reduced rate of only $50 per student. This is a decrease of nearly 40% from the regular fee of $82. In addition, a program receives a $10 ACF allowance for each student enrolled for anything ACF related including ACF Membership or Certification fees for instructors, accreditation fees or ACF Event registrations.

Our new Secondary Student Program provides FREE ACF Student Membership to any Junior or Senior student attending an ACFEF accredited program.

If you have any questions regarding these programs, please reach out to Joe Syrowik, Director of Membership Development at jsyrowik@acfchefs.net.

Post-Secondary Student Program

- School can enroll as many students as they choose.

- Cost to enroll a student is $50 per Student. Schools have at least three options on how to cover the $50 fee. They can:

  1. include it in a student’s tuition.
  2. include it in their student fees.
  3. cover the cost from school funds.

- In addition, a program receives a $10 allowance for each student enrolled and can be used for anything ACF related. This includes ACF Membership or Certification fees for instructors, Accreditation fees or ACF Events registrations.

- Program (and cost) is yearly with annual renewal required for each student.

- Membership provided is ACF National Membership only. During enrollment, ACF National Office will contact the Program’s local ACF chapter to determine if they will waive local chapter fee. If chapter does not waive their fee, the program may purchase local membership as well (local chapter fee averages $7 a year).

- To enroll your students, download the spreadsheet below, fill it out with all required information, and e-mail it to membership@acfchefs.net.

Click here to download the spreadsheet to get your students enrolled today.

Download Form

Please note: Students who wish to enroll outside this program because their eligible program does not participate — or their program is not ACFEF-accredited — must enroll at the current fee of $82.

Secondary Student Program

- All Juniors and Seniors at ACFEF Accredited Secondary Programs are eligible to receive the free ACF Membership.

- Secondary program students enroll at the Junior Culinarian level.

- Program Coordinator will need to enter their students into a pre-determined electronic spreadsheet for upload into the ACF Member database. The spreadsheet is provided by ACF and contains these required fields for each student:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email (non .edu only)
  • Date of Birth (DOB)
  • Month/Year of Graduation

- Annual registration is required for each school participating.

- Junior Culinarians are not eligible for the ACF Life Insurance Member benefit. Likewise, they are not eligible to vote in ACF elections.

- To enroll your students, download the spreadsheet below, fill it out with all required information, and e-mail it to membership@acfchefs.net.

Click here to download the spreadsheet to get your students enrolled today.

Download Form

Please note: Students who wish to enroll outside this program because their eligible program does not participate — or their program is not ACFEF-accredited — must enroll at the current fee of $66.