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Membership Types

Professional Culinarian

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.

Student Culinarian

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.

Junior Culinarian

A Junior Culinarian is a high-school student between 16 and 18 years of age.


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).

Property Membership

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.

Culinary Enthusiast

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.


ACF offers military personnel the benefits of a membership at a reduced price.

Professional Scholarship Opportunity


The Sebastian Murabito Scholarship was created in 2009 to help fund continuing education opportunities for our professional members. Funds from the annual The Chefs de Cuisine golf tournament fund this scholarship. This is a great opportunity for members to take a specialty course and expand their culinary knowledge. Murabito Scholarships are awarded annually at the tournament, held on the first Monday of June each year. Remuneration will be after the education is complete or sent directly to the institution of the person’s choice.

Sebastian Murabito Scholarship

St. Louis Chef de Cuisine Education Foundation

PO Box 510301

St. Louis, MO 63151



The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, with the support of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), offers educational scholarships to high school students, college students and professional chefs looking to further their education or become certified and student culinary teams competing at ACF regional and national conferences.