ACF Chef Educator of the Year Award

ACF National Educator of the Year award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef, and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession. This person demonstrates the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.

2023 Award

The deadline to submit the 2023 Chef Educator of the Year application is December 31, 2022. CEHs can be sent as a separate document, but must be attached when sending applications via email to

2022 National Winner

Jack Birren, CEC

Previous Winners