The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), a national 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.
ACF has more than 17,500 members spanning nearly 200 chapters across North America. To become a member or find a chapter near you, visit ACF’s chapter page.
ACF offers 14 certification levels for chefs. From the Certified Culinarian credential for graduating culinary students and apprentices to a Certified Executive Chef/Pastry Chef or Certified Culinary Administrator, ACF provides a certification for each culinary career level.To learn more, visit ACF’s certification page.
ACF’s Education Foundation provides independent accreditation of culinary/baking and pastry programs for postsecondary schools and secondary schools. ACF accreditation ensures that the program is meeting the minimum standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services. To learn more and find ACF-accredited schools, visit ACF’s accreditation page.
Registered through the U.S. Department of Labor, ACF’s Education Foundation Apprenticeship Program combines on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. Apprenticeship is an earn-while-you learn program that requires 1,000 hours, 4,000 hours or 6, 000 hours to complete depending on the level of previous experience. To learn more, find or start a program, visit ACF’s apprenticeship page.
ACF Events Series
Three times a year ACF gears up for educational culinary trend conferences hosted across the U.S. ACF’s Signature Series provides educational demonstrations and seminars and networking opportunities for professional chefs, cooks and culinary students. To learn more, visit ACF’s events page.
ACF hosts regional and national culinary competitions for ACF awards and sanctions culinary competitions for other organizations, so that competitors can receive continuing education hours for medals awarded. To learn more about ACF competitions, click here.