What is the ACF Annual Event Series?
Every year the American Culinary Federation hosts four regional
conferences and one national convention. The events provide numerous
education opportunities, networking, a trade show and more.
What is the ACF National Convention?
National Convention provides professional development opportunities
through informative business seminars, forums, clinics, cutting-edge
demonstrations and hands-on workshops. The conference also features a
trade show where foodservice exhibitors showcase their latest culinary
ACF’s National Convention is attended by approximately 1,500
culinary professionals and offers culinarians the opportunity to learn
about the latest cooking trends and techniques from around the
What are the ACF Regional Conferences?
There are four regional conferences held annually in each of the four
The regional conferences offer numerous educational opportunities and
are great for networking and making contacts with professionals in your
Who attends ACF events?
Chefs from all fields including pastry, restaurants, research,
corporate, education and more gather with their peers and suppliers at
our regional conference and national convention. ACF events are open to
ACF members at a discounted rate. Non-members are invited to attend as
When and where are the ACF events?
Why should I attend?
As an attendee of an ACF event you are provided with the latest
information on culinary innovations, networking opportunities for
building strategic businesses partnerships, educational seminars and
demos, trade shows and social functions. All regional conference and
national convention functions are applicable towards continuing
The regional conferences allow you to build relationships with other
professionals in your area while engaging in educational functions. The
National Convention draws professionals from around the U.S. for a true
look at the trends from around the country and includes numerous
professional development opportunities.
What is the attire at the events?
During the day, please dress in business attire or professional chef
attire (i.e. chef coat, black or herringbone pants and black shoes
or clogs). Formal attire is required for the American
Academy of Chefs Dinner and preferred at the regional Vice
President’s Gala and the President’s Grand Ball at
Are there any AAC functions during the events?
Each regional conference and the national convention hold an American
Academy of Chefs (AAC) dinner as well as members meetings. Please visit
page for details.
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