General Questions

What is an ACF ChefConnect?

The American Culinary Federation’s ChefConnect events are regional conferences featuring education, networking, Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl competitions, and a forum for ACF chapters hosted by the regional Vice Presidents.

What is the ACF National Convention?

The ACF National Convention is an annual event which offers professional development opportunities through informative business seminars, forums, cutting edge demonstrations, hands-on workshops and networking. The show includes competitions as well as foodservice exhibitors featuring their latest culinary products and services.

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 conferences and national convention. ACF events are open to ACF members at a discounted rate. Non-members are invited to attend as well.

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. Most of these functions are applicable towards continuing education hours.

ChefConnect builds relationships with other professionals in your area while engaging in educational functions. Cook. Craft. Create. draws professionals from around the U.S. for a true look at the trends throughout 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). Formal attire is required for the American Academy of Chefs Dinner and preferred at the Galas.

Are there any AAC functions during the events?

An American Academy of Chefs (AAC) dinner as well as members meetings are held at the events. Please visit the AAC page for details.

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