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American Academy of Chefs®

The honor society of ACF, the American Academy of Chefs (AAC) represents the highest standards of professionalism in the organization, society and industry. The Academy’s primary mission is to promote the education of all culinarians by mentoring culinarians, awarding scholarships to students seeking a future in the culinary industry, and by providing grants to professional working chefs looking to further their career.

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  • Meet the Academy Board Members.

Chef & Child Initiative

Interested in helping out at any of our events? Want to give back to this amazing cause? Please contact Margaret Grant for more information


The purpose of Chef and Child is to educate and assist the family in understanding proper nutrition.

All children need to learn how to cook and how to choose healthy foods. With many children living in

homes with a single parent or with both parents working, children are cooking for their little brothers

and sisters, and even for themselves and their parents.

In this program, local chefs, bring their knowledge of food and nutrition to schools in the

community. They will introduce children to foods they might not come in contact with in their daily lives.

Children in the St. Louis area are so separated from food sources that they don’t know where food

originates and don’t even know food in their whole form. For example, children think milk comes in a

box, not from a cow.

This year the St Louis Chef de Cuisine Chef and Child program has reached 3800 preschool and elementary children in 22 programs. We have made presentations to 42 groups to introduce our nutrition curriculum.

Cultivating Young Cooks, held annually at the Missouri Botanical Garden offers parents, children and teachers an opportunity to taste healthy nutritious foods prepared by ACF chefs, to sample healthy snacks and to participate in hands on activities that include, milking a goat, making mozzarella cheese and to taste the high protein smacks made from bugs. This year’s event was attended by 2500 people.



*SH Villa:

Father Daughter cooking class and dinner

Weekly classes


*St Josephs:

Weekly Classes

Prototype Curriculum:  Food from around the World

1st – 3rd grade


*Kennard CJA : Cooking from the Garden: Tasting and Playing with Vegetables


*City Garden Montessori:  Sixteen week program with middle school children

*American Heart Association partnership. Introducing Healthy cooking techniques to parents and showing children how to make healthy food choices


*Gateway Greening Urban Garden

Cooking Demonstration and Nutrition from the garden


*Cultivating Young Cooks at Missouri Botanical Garden



*St Louis Archdiocese :

        Introducing  Healthy  food and nutritional choices  to select diocesan schools 


Mission Statement

The mission of ACFEF’s Chef & Child initiative is to educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition by providing tools and resources for community-based programs led by American Culinary Federation chef members.