President David Lademann

(215) 603-5069


Lead, Don't Follow.


The Latest Culinary Industry Trends

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We keep our chefs abreast of culinary trends through:

Career Recognition/Certification

In a competitive industry such as ours, it’s important to set yourself apart from the competition. Our certification program, competitions and awards will prove your skills as a professional culinarian and enhance your career opportunities. Learn how with our Certification Matters Powerpoint Presentation

Accreditation for Culinary Education

When it comes to educational culinary programs, ACFEF is the national accrediting commission for culinary and pastry education programs at post-secondary institutions and secondary programs. Learn More about our culinary programs.

An Honor Society

The American Academy of Chefs (AAC) promotes high standards and professionalism for the culinary arts. AAC ensure the future of the culinary industry through mentoring and scholarship programs. More

Representation in International Competitions

ACF Culinary Team USA represents the United States in multiple national and international competitions. ACF Culinary Team USA exemplifies professionalism and creativity and has a long history of gold medals and world titles. More

Access to a Million-Member Intercontinental Society

World Association of Chefs Society (WACS) is a global network comprised of 75 official chefs associations. Every ACF member is simultaneously enrolled in WACS. More

A Fight Against Childhood Hunger and Obesity

As a leading voice in the fight against childhood hunger and obesity, the Chef & Child Foundation provides education and assistance to promote the understanding of proper nutrition. More

Product Quality Assurance

Unlike other culinary product assurance programs, ACF’s Seal of Approval program tests for more than just taste. ACF’s Seal represents quality in an entire product, including application and ease of use, physical properties and performance. More

A National Apprenticeship Program

To become a skilled culinary professional, hands-on experience is a must. American Culinary Federation (ACF) operates two and three year apprenticeship programs that combine on-the-job training with technical classroom instruction. More

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