ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, Inc.

The American Culinary Federation is the largest professional chefs' organization in North America, providing opportunities to network, compete and learn. Our local chapter is a non-profit organization that focuses on education and support of the culinary community in St Louis.

President’s Letter

November 6, 2020

It has certainly been a challenging year with the pandemic severely impacting the hospitality business, our jobs and our home lives. Clearly, it has prevented our chapter from meeting and holding our numerous events as well. Many of us thought, perhaps naively, that we would be able to start to return to routine activities after 6 or 8 months time. During this time, the executive officers have been trying to figure out how to safely resume some of our programs, perhaps through video-conference presentations.

However, in the meantime, we would like to remind our members that the national ACF website has numerous classes that provide Continuous Education Credits, ranging from 1 CEH through 30 CEH, and ranging in cost from FREE to ~$300. This may be an opportune time to work on building up the CEHs needed to re-certify.

The ACF Online Learning Center has a large catalog of courses, demos and webinars available.


  • 30 Hour Courses
  • Culinary Nutrition: View Demo Course Outline
  • Food Prep I
  • Introduction to Foodservice: View Demo
  • Purchasing and Receiving: Course Outline
  • Safety and Sanitation: View Demo Course Outline
  • Supervisory Management: Course Outline
  • 8-Hour Refresher Courses
  • Business and Finance
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Food Prep and Culinary Techniques
  • Human Resources
  • Nutrition
  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Supervision and Leadership
  • Sustainability


Demos and Recordings

  • Baking and Pastry
  • Culinary Techniques
  • Global Cuisines
  • Healthy and Alternative Cooking
  • Industry Trends
  • Motivational
  • Sustainability
  • Wellness and Self-Improvement
  • Specialization Certificates
  • Webinars


Yours in cooking,
Dan Holtgrave C.E.C.
President, Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis

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