American Academy of Chefs®
The honor society of ACF, the American Academy of Chefs (AAC) represents the highest standards of professionalism in the organization, society and industry. The Academy’s primary mission is to promote the education of all culinarians by mentoring culinarians, awarding scholarships to students seeking a future in the culinary industry, and by providing grants to professional working chefs looking to further their career.
AAC Central Regional Reception/Dinner
Tuesday, March 18, 7–11 p.m.
The Central Regional Conference AAC dinner will be hosted by Kevin Storm, CEC, CCA, AAC, executive chef, Bellerive Country Club. This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case tickets become available, call the Academy office at (904) 484-0202.
AAC Northeast Regional Reception/Dinner
Sunday, April 13, 7–11 p.m.
The Northeast Regional Conference AAC dinner will be hosted by James Colleran, CEC, executive chef, Hyatt Regency Newport. Tickets are $125, and can be purchased online or by calling the Academy office at (904) 484-0202.
AAC Southeast Regional Reception/Dinner
Monday, April 28, 7–11 p.m.
The Southeast Regional Conference AAC dinner will be hosted by Tyler Dudley, executive chef, Daniel Island Club. Tickets are $125, and can be purchased online or by calling the Academy office at (904) 484-0202.
Support Our Mission
The primary goal of Academy Fellows is to promote the education of future culinarians by sharing the skills, training and expertise they possess. Your donation ensures we have the resources necessary to fulfill our mission. Donate online, call (904) 484-0202, or send a check to American Academy of Chefs, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095.
Sharing Culinary Traditions - Mentorship Program
The mission of the ACF mentorship program is to provide student culinarians the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with professional chefs in our organization who are willing to share their knowledge, life experiences and advice to assist these young culinarians on their path to a successful career. Learn more and sign up.
Scholarships and Grants
The Academy offers educational scholarships to high school students, college students, and professional chefs looking to further their education. The Academy also offers grants to student teams competing at the ACF regional conferences and national convention.
Becoming a Fellow Academy Member
Know a hard-working, dedicated and qualified chef? Encourage him or her to apply to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs. Learn more about the requirements and application process.
American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame™
Established in 1988, the American Academy of Chef Culinary Hall of Fame™ recognizes AAC Fellows for their accomplishments and extraordinary contributions to ACF, AAC, and the culinary profession over a lifetime. Current Members
Awards and Recognitions
The Academy recognizes those who put time and effort towards furthering the culinary industry through a prestigious awards program. More
Purchase AAC merchandise and show your support for the Academy every day. Items include our commemorative coin containing one troy ounce of .999 fine silver. For AAC apparel, please go to our partner NEWCHEF Fashion, Inc.
Support Our Mission
For the Academy to continue to fulfill its mission, it is imperative that we have an accessible and viable Academy office to administer scholarships, correspondence, website updates, newsletter and Academy regional and national events. Make a donation. Special thanks to our donors.
Become a Sponsor
Showcase your company in front of this highly esteemed society of professional chefs during our annual events. Gain access to the buying power and influence this esteemed group represents. View our partnership opportunities. Special thanks to our sponsors.