The American Academy of Chefs AAC Application

Deadline | Obtain an Application | Fees | Application Info

Application Deadline has changed

The application deadline for induction into the American Academy of Chefs is December 1 of the year preceding induction. All application materials must be received by the national office by that date. Please contact the Academy office if you have any questions at (904) 484-0202 or

Obtaining an Application

To obtain an official American Academy of Chefs application, an Academy Fellow must request an application on the individual chef’s behalf from the AAC Office at (904) 484-0202. An applicant may not request his or her own application - and all applications must be received by the AAC office by December 1 of the year preceding induction.


  • Application fee: $50 (non-refundable)
    • The AAC office will not send the application until the fee has been received. This fee is payable by the applicant.
  • Induction fee: $375
    • Submit with the application and all application materials.
    • Includes the AAC medal, ribbon, diploma, pin, and the cost of one ticket to the AAC Annual Induction Dinner.
    • If the application is not selected, $250 will be returned to the applicant. $125 is retained for processing fees and costs incurred at the ACF Office.

Please make checks payable to the American Academy of Chefs.

Application Information

The formal application for election into the American Academy of Chefs consists of six parts:

  1. General biographical information, including place of employment.

  2. Verification for the fulfillment of seven mandatory requirements, including:
    1. A statement of intent to attend the Annual Academy Dinner and medal ceremony, as well as the morning induction ceremony.
    2. Letters of sponsorship from two active AAC Fellows in good standing signed and dated the year of application. Note: Active Academy Fellows can sponsor only one applicant within a year.

  3. Verification of the fulfillment of at least 10 of 22 Elective Attainable Goals.

  4. A statement of formal application signed by the candidate.

Applications are valid for only one year, i.e., if induction is in 2021 and the applicant fails to submit application documentation by December 1, 2020, he or she must request a new application. Also, all requirements must be met prior to submission of application; if not, the application documentation and applicable fee will be returned and must be submitted another year. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.