“ACF - The Authority on Cooking in America”
The American Culinary Federation, Inc.
(ACF), a professional organization for chefs
and cooks, was founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs’ organizations: the Société 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 have grown tremendously.
Today, ACF is the largest professional chefs organization in North America. We are made up of more
than 20,000 members who belong to more than 225 chapters in
four regions across the United States.
The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF),
ACF’s educational arm, is a nonprofit and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service with a 501(c)(3)
tax exempt status. Entities under the ACFEF include apprenticeship, programmatic accreditation,
Chef & Child Foundation, Senior Chefs and ACF Culinary Team USA.
ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources,
training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation designed to enhance professional growth
for all current and future chefs and pastry chefs. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive
certification program for chefs in the United States. ACF is home to
ACF Culinary Team USA, the official
representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the
Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and combat childhood
We offer culinary competitions, certification, a national apprenticeship
program, regional and national events, publications and much more to help foster the growth of professional
chefs and the foodservice industry. If you are not part of our organization, we invite you to join us and
gain access to the best culinary resources available.