The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), is a professional, organization for chefs and cooks. It was founded in 1929 in New York city by three chefs’ organizations: the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club, and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America.
Since our inception, little has changed in our principal goals. We are an organization based on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.
In 1976, ACF forever changed the culinary industry by elevating the position of the executive chef. Executive Chef changed from service status to the professional category in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Official Titles.
Since this change, the culinary industry and our organization has grown tremendously. In fact, ACF is the largest professional chefs organization in North America. We are made up of more than 15,000 members that belong to more than 150 chapters in the U.S.
From regional and national events to certification and publications, ACF provides resources that will keep you on the cutting edge of the culinary industry.
We offer culinary competitions and the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States. We also offer a national apprenticeship program, regional and national events, magazines and much more to help foster the growth of professional chefs.
ACF is also home to the ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions.
If you are not part of our elite group of chefs, we invite you to join us and gain access to the best culinary resources available.
American Culinary Federation Mission
We are the standard of excellence for the culinary industry, advancing and promoting professionalism, leadership and collaboration.
American Culinary Federation Vision
To be the leader in professional and personal development for the culinary community, while promoting current culinary techniques and preserving the history and skills of our craft.