Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination
To help promote and facilitate an annual high profile and upscale
fundraising event which benefits the scholarship fund of the American
Academy of Chefs and to honor an individual who has dedicated their
career to all aspects of the culinary profession.
Criteria for the Award
The American Academy of Chefs Lifetime Achievement Award will be
given to an individual who has been a member of the ACF for a minimum of
20 years and a member of the Academy for a minimum of 15 years. The
individual should be regarded as an industry trendsetter and possess an
unflagging commitment to excellence—providing leadership,
motivation, and inspiration to colleagues and the youth of the culinary
industry. The individual will have devoted much time to the American
Culinary Federation, the Academy of Chefs, community service and
willingly share their knowledge and ideals with all who seek it. The
award recipient must also be an icon of high cooking standards and be
highly respected in the foodservice industry and by the Academy. Past
Three past previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, two
Lifetime Achievement Award national co-chairs and the American Academy
of Chefs national chair and vice chairman.
This award is specifically created to raise funds for the Academy
scholarship fund and to recognize an Academy member who has shown
outstanding dedication to our profession. Therefore it should only be
given to an active or a retired Academy member.
Candidates cannot apply themselves. The individual must be nominated
by an AAC local director, ACF local chapter president, or ACF/AAC board
member. Applications can be requested at the Academy national office.
The nomination package must be submitted to the Academy national office
by January 31 of each year. The committee will review the applications
and select the most qualified individual by February 28. The nominating
individual will then serve as the Chairman of the Dinner along with the
supporting chapter and will be responsible for hosting the dinner in
October of that year. Proceeds will benefit the AAC national scholarship
A complete nomination package includes:
- The completed application form
- Letter of recommendation from sponsor (approximately 200 words) that lists the candidate’s accomplishments
- A professional resume and biography of the candidate, not to exceed two pages
- A letter of commitment from the sponsor agreeing to host the Lifetime Achievement dinner, if selected
- Documentation of achievements
- A high resolution, digital, color photograph of candidate in white chef’s coat and toque. The digital photograph must meet the following requirements: 300 DPI in .tif or .jpg format, and at least 1200×1600 pixels. Picture can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates will provide all needed material for the application and selection process before the dead line of January 31. Applications received after the deadline will be returned to the candidate for submission the following year.
Lifetime Achievement Committee
Dale L. Miller, CMC®, AAC®
James G. Rhoads, CEC®, AAC®
American Culinary Federation
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095