ACF Young Chefs Club

Be part of an exciting group of emerging culinary professionals!

The ACF Young Chefs Club (YCC) objective is to provide opportunities for young chefs across the U.S. to connect, learn and share! Here is what you can expect:

  • Education tracks for young chefs at ACF events
  • YCC Culinary Throwdown at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show
  • Professional development webinars
  • Tips and idea sharing through blogs, newsletter and social media

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ACF Young Chef of the Month

Apply today to become the next “ACF Young Chef of the Month” and earn more than just bragging rights. As a Young Chef of the Month, you will receive a FREE education badge to an ACF ChefConnect or Cook. Craft. Create. event of your choice. Some of your photos and articles will be published on ACF’s blog and social media. Not to mention, “ACF Young Chef of the Month” will look great on your resume!

Each month will focus on a different topic. You must be an active ACF member age 25 or under to qualify. Submission deadline is the 15th of each respective month.

Valerie Barger

April 2018 - Culinary Passion

Valeria Barger, Havertown, Pennsylvania, ACF Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chefs Association

"Redundantly, my culinary passion is the food. I love the different ingredients that I’m surrounded with, both edible and not. The kitchen is such an incredible place, it’s a place where I can let everything else go and work with what matters most- the food. There’s always something new to learn with the food - from how to make a cauliflower crust, how to make aspic, how to perfectly poach a lobster tail, and everything in-between. From buffets to banquets to the line, there’s always something to experience and learn from everyday. I choose this field because it fills me. Having the ability day in and day out to cook incredible food, serve it, and interact with people about food is a dream come true. In many ways, food brings people together, and I’m grateful everyday that I get to play a small part in these events."

View previous honorees.


Young Chef News and Resources

Social media contest!

Take a picture of how you use the ACF Ingredient of the Month and enter the photo contest on our Facebook page.

Ingredient of the Month

Each month, a new ingredient is featured on with information for chefs to incorporate into their menus and in community events.

Food Trends and Techniques

Visit ACF’s online resource center with articles and videos on food trends and techniques.

Culinary-related Career Guide

Learn about different career options with this article.


View a collection of recipes from ACF chefs.

Stay Connected

All members of the American Culinary Federation age 25 and under are automatically part of the YCC. Make sure the email address in your ACF member profile is current to receive information about upcoming web-based and live events. We want to keep you informed about all the exciting activities we are planning for ACFYCC in 2017!

If you are not yet an ACF member, please submit your membership application today!

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