The American Academy of Chefs Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award was introduced to raise funds for the American Academy of Chefs initiatives, and to recognize an Academy Fellow who has shown outstanding dedication to our profession. This individual is regarded as an industry trendsetter and possesses a commitment to excellence, providing leadership, motivation, and inspiration to colleagues and the youth of the culinary industry. Request a Nomination Packet

George A. O’Palenick

2019 - George A. O’Palenick, CEC®, CCE®, AAC®, HOF

ACF Rhode Island Chapter


Jess Barbosa

2017 - Jess Barbosa, CEC®, AAC®

ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association


Bernard Urban

2013 - Bernard Urban, CEC®, AAC®, HOF

Texas Chefs Association


Gino Corelli

2012 - Gino Corelli, CEC®, AAC®, HOF

ACF Rhode Island Chapter


Noble Masi

2010 - Noble Masi, CEPC®, CMB, AAC®, HOF

Mid Hudson Culinary Association


Jon Greenwalt

2008 - Jon Greenwalt, CEC®, AAC®, HOF

ACF San Francisco Chapter


Fritz Sonnenschmidt

2007 - Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC®, AAC®, HOF

Mid Hudson Culinary Association


Bert Cutino

2006 - Bert Cutino, CEC®, AAC®, HBOT, HOF

ACF Monterey Bay Chapter


Ferdinand Metz

2005 - Ferdinand Metz, CMC®, WGMC, AAC®, HOF

Mid Hudson Culinary Association