Why Join ACF?

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, Melissa Maness, at [email protected].

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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.

Get Certified
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.

ACF Membership Categories


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.


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



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.


Chapter Partner

At the local chapter level, we have a special program similar to the Associate membership at the national ACF level. A Chapter Partner is one or more representatives of a local group, company or corporation providing products or services to the culinary profession. A primary Chapter Partner is designated as the main contact for membership renewal, along with as many secondary members as desired. Chapter Partners provide the club with their own unique insights in the industry and support the goal of the chapter to educate its chef members.

For information about our Chapter Partners, go to our Chapter Partners page.