ACF Membership Categories
A Culinarian with a minimum of three years full-time employment in the culinary profession.
A Culinarian is an individual not involved in the management or supervision of staff, with a minimum of 6 months full time employment. A Culinarian should be pursuing on-the-job training and experience necessary to advance to the membership level of Professional Culinarian. A culinarian membership is subject to a limit of five years.
A Student Culinarian is a student or apprentice with less than two years full-time employment, a student enrolled in an accredited postsecondary culinary education program, or a registered apprentice as defined by the ACF apprenticeship training program. A student membership is subject to a limit of four years.
A Junior Culinarian is a high-school student between 16 and 18 years of age.
ACF offers military personnel the benefits of a membership at a reduced price.
An Associate Member is a representative of a group, company or corporation providing products or services to the culinary profession.
An Allied Member is an individual employed in a field related to the culinary profession (such as dietitians, nutritionists, and restaurant managers or owners).
A Property Membership is an affordable option for companies who wish to enroll their employees. A minimum of six culinary staff must be enrolled to receive a discount. Each employee may join a local chapter or become an ACF national member.
A Culinary Enthusiast Member is an individual that is not employed in a culinary field, but has a passion for the culinary arts. Individuals who enjoy cooking, baking, dining at independent restaurants, or who may have their favorite chef on speed dial should join as an Enthusiast.
At the local chapter level, we have a special program similar to the Associate membership at the national ACF level. A Chapter Partner is one or more representatives of a local group, company or corporation providing products or services to the culinary profession. A primary Chapter Partner is designated as the main contact for membership renewal, along with as many secondary members as desired. Chapter Partners provide the club with their own unique insights in the industry and support the goal of the chapter to educate its chef members.