About ACF

Homepage-Content-Area-1The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), is a professional, organization for chefs and cooks, and 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 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 22,000 members that belong to more than 230 chapters in four regions across the U.S.

We offer culinary competitions, the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States, a national apprenticeship program, regional and national events, magazines and much more to help foster the growth of professional chefs and the food service industry.

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.” Join ACF Now!

Upcoming Events

Jun
11
Tue
7:00 pm June 2019 ACF Chef Meeting @ US Food Service
June 2019 ACF Chef Meeting @ US Food Service
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 2019 ACF Chef Meeting @ US Food Service
Join us at US Foods on June 11, 2019! Board Meeting begins at 5:30pm (board members only) Dinner at 7:00pm – 9:00pm A $500 scholarship is generated by this event and given to a JCCC[...]
Jul
9
Tue
12:00 pm July 2019 ACF Chef Meeting @ Worlds of Fun
July 2019 ACF Chef Meeting @ Worlds of Fun
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
July 2019 ACF Chef Meeting @ Worlds of Fun
Join us on July 9, 2019 at Worlds of Fun!
Sep
8
Sun
all-day Charcuterie Seminar @ Oasis Hotel & Convention Center
Charcuterie Seminar @ Oasis Hotel & Convention Center
Sep 8 – Sep 9 all-day
Charcuterie Seminar @ Oasis Hotel & Convention Center
Join Chef Brian Polcyn on September 8-9, 2019 for a Charcuterie & Whole-Hog Butchery Course at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield, MO. Get tickets: http://www.acfspringfieldbranson.com Course highlights: • Sausage, pate, and terrine making[...]