Why Join?

Feed your passion for food through membership in the largest culinary organization, and the only organization promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.

SAVE

Save up to $150 on Certification & Practical Test Fees, $275 on registration fees at ACF regional and national conferences, 10–50% on products and services from our Members Advantage Program participants and $500 on Conferences and Trade Shows from culinary industry partners

NETWORK

Network with nationally renowned chefs, top industry professionals and executives. Gain access to a global network with the World Association of Chefs Societies, or Worldchefs, comprised of 8 million chefs worldwide in 92 countries.

GET CERTIFIED

Propel your career through Certification and maintain your competitive edge in today’s evolving culinary industry.

ACCELERATE YOUR CAREER

Access ACF’s Career Center, our web-based service allows job seekers to post resumes and view open positions across the nation. Join the ACF Culinary Team USA and represent the United States in major national and international culinary competitions. Be a part of the honor society of ACF, representing the highest standards of professionalism in the organization, society and industry.

STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE

Access the latest trends and techniques in the industry with The National Culinary Review, our ACF award-winning magazine, Sizzle: The American Culinary Federation quarterly for students of cooking and The Culinary Insider, the official biweekly e-newsletter.

COMPETE

Raise the standard of your culinary excellence through participation in our local, regional or national ACF-sanctioned competitions. Put your skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive format.

GAIN EXPERIENCE

Gain valuable experience through ACFEF’s apprenticeship program. Combine on-the-job training with technical classroom instruction.

SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship opportunities for both culinary students and professional chefs seeking to further their education.

HELP YOUR COMMUNITY

Help build a healthier tomorrow with Chef & Child Foundation. Be a voice in the culinary industry in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity. American Culinary Federation chef members help educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition through community-based initiatives.

TERM LIFE INSURANCE

Offered to members in “good standing.” This benefit is currently being offered to Professional Culinarian, Culinarian, Student Culinarian, Senior Professional Culinarian, Allied and Associate members who are not part of Property or Military Programs.