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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.

Membership in ACF is accomplished by registering with the national ACF office, through their website. See link below.

For additional information or for any questions, please contact our membership director,
Brian Menzel at 

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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 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.


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


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.


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


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.

Chapter Partners
To join or Renew a Chapter Partner membership, please contact our membership director 
Brian Menzel