About Us

    ACF Chicago Chefs

    In 1925 the Chicago Chefs of Cuisine was founded & became a member of the ACF in 1929. 

    The early years our association served as an employment and chef's reference office!  ​This also marked an important event in our history when, on October 12, 1927 World renowned Culinary Master Chef Auguste Escoffier visited Chicago and our chapter presented him with an Lifetime Honorary Membership. In 1929 the National American Culinary Federation. ​ Since the very beginning the ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine has been apart of many changes & achievements that have sculpted the landscape of Chicago as a Culinary Mecca to the Midwest and America. Membership with the Chicago Chefs of Cuisine can open doors to your Culinary Future.​

    We dedicate our time and energy to bring our members ​seminars that are informative. Networking with your fellow chef  embers can increase your culinary knowledge and professional awareness.  The Chefs and Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland offers this opportunity to bring Chefs and their families together by hosting outside social events which includes  ​Family Outings, Chefs Golf Outing, American Academy of Chefs Dinner, the La Rabida Thanksgiving Day Feast and Chefs Christmas Dinner.  With this growth, we have been able to accomplish more, and have a larger impact upon our community. We welcome you with open arms. ​Please inquire today about how you can become a part of our growing membership.​

    Our Mission

    ACF Chicago Chefs strives to make a positive impact on the lives of chefs and cooks representing every segment of the foodservice industry, as well as students who aspire to cook professionally.  The association promotes camaraderie, learning and sharing within the local culinary community. 

    ACF Chicago Chefs welcomes all foodservice professionals to its ranks so that every member may benefit from the knowledge and experience of his and her peers.

    Our Core Values

    The following list of core values reflects what is truly important to us as an organization. These are not values that change from time to time, situation to situation or person to person, but rather they are the foundation of our chapter’s culture. Many people feel ACF Chicago Chefs is an exciting organization to be a part of. These core values are the primary reasons for their feeling, and they transcend our size and our growth rate. By maintaining these core values, regardless of how large ACF Chicago Chefs becomes, we can preserve what has always been special about our chapter. These core values are the sauce of our chapter.

    Provide Cutting Edge Education opportunities along with Experienced and Professional mentoring

    We partner with our suppliers and sponsors to educate, inspire and communicate the outstanding quality and benefits of new products and knowledge.  Engage renowned professionals who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to ensure that the next generation of professionals has the tools to succeed 

    Fun and Entertaining

    Our commitment to camaraderie and enjoyment are the spirit of the Chapter.
    We are members of both a chapter and a family. We believe that the best teams are those that not only work with each other but also interact with each other outside of the business environment

    Socially Responsible

    We treat everyone with respect, fairness and integrity at all times and expects the same in return.
    We respect our environment and recycle, reuse, and reduce our waste wherever and whenever we can.

    Respected in our Communities, Industry and by our Colleagues 

    We recognize our responsibility to be active participants in our local communities. We will give a proportion(TBD) of our time and talent to support a wide variety of community and non-profit organizations.

    Fiscal Responsibility 
    Integrity in All Business Dealings.
    Honesty and Communication.
    We are committed to honesty, timeliness and clarity in communicating with our members, supporters and sponsors.
    We seek to create transparency from top to bottom with respect to activities, planning, and opportunities.

     Our Members

    With over 300 members the ACF Chicago Chefs embraces a spirit of inclusion, welcoming those representing restaurants, hotels, private clubs, catering companies, casinos, contract foodservice, culinary and hospitality educators, dietitians, manufacturers, suppliers and vendors to foodservice.

    Many within the ACF Chicago Chefs are certified by ACF as executive chefs, pastry chefs, chefs de cuisine, culinary educators, and more. Several members of ACF Chicago Chefs hold dual membership in the honorary society of ACF, the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), induction into which is by invitation and qualification.

    Our Impact

    A partial list of awards and honors won by the chapter and its members over the last few years:

    2012 ACF Chef & Child Foundation True Spirit Award - Mike Hiller

    2012 Central Region Conference Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl Champions - Kendall College coached by Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE, Gold Medal and Second Place at 2012 ACF Nationals

    2012 National Champion, Central Region Champion, What's in your Wok, Riviana Rice Competition - Austin Yancey, CEC, Le Cordon Bleu

    2011 Central Region – ACF Region of the Year

    2011 Chef Educator of the Year - Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE

    2011 NATIONAL Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl Champions - Kendall College coached by Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE

    2011 American Academy of Chefs Honorary Fellows - Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, HAAC

    2011 ACF Achievement of Excellence Awards - Goodwill Great Lakes at the Naval Station Great Lakes, Great Lakes, Ill.

    2011 President’s Medallion – Brian F. Lorge, CCTP

    2010 ACF Achievement of Excellence Awards - Pier 37 Bar & Grill, Chicago IL 

    2010 NATIONAL Chef Professionalism Award - John Reed, CEC, CCA, ACE

    2010 NATIONAL Knowledge Bowl Champions - Kendall College coached by Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE

    2010 President's Medallion - Linda Rosner, CEC, CHE

    2010 Inductee, American Academy of Chefs - Robert Walter, CEC, CCA, AAC

    2010 AAC Sharing Culinary Traditions Award - Michael Garbin, CEC, AAC, HOGT

    2010 Central Region Chef Educator of the Year - Timothy Meyers, CCC, CCE

    2010 Central Region Chef of the Year Runner-up/Gold Medalist - Michael Garbin, CEC, AAC, ACE, HGT

    2010 Central Region Cutting Edge Award - L. Fernando Mojica (Student)

    2009 Central Region Chapter of the Year

    2009 Central Region Pastry Chef of the Year - Ford Culbertson

    2009 President's Medallion - Michael Garbin, CEC, AAC, ACE, HGT

    2008 President's Medallion - Jill Russell, CEC, CCE

    2008 President's Medallion - David Kramer

    2008 President's Medallion - Robert Walter, CEC, CCA, AAC

    2008 Honorable Order of the Golden Toque - Michael Garbin, CEC, AAC, HGT

    2007 Central Region Chef of the Year - Matthew Southard, CEC

    2007 Central Region Pastry Chef of the Year - Michelle Garcia

    2007 Central Region Educator of the Year - Michael Artlip, CEC, CCE, CHE

    Central Region Chapter Achievement Award - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012

    Honorary Members

    August Escoffier ~ 1927
    Janos Kiss - 1986
    Charlie Trotter ~ 2006
    Jimmy Bannos ~ 2007
    Rick Bayless ~ 2008
    Carrie Nahabedian ~ 2009
    Art Smith ~ 2010
    John Kinsella ~ 2010
    Tom Macrina ~ 2010
    Cary Miller ~ 2010
    Priscila Satkoff ~ 2011
    Stafford DeCambra ~ 2012 AAC Chair
    Don Gyurkovits ~ 2012 
    President Canadian Culinary Federation
    Ahron Goldman ~2012

    Through scholarship and personal commitment by our members and education and supplier partners, ACF Chefs and Culinary Professionals of Chicagoland is ensuring qualified personnel for Chicago's foodservice workforce of tomorrow.  An assertive and successful apprenticeship program operated by the association supports Chicago's vibrant foodservice industry by instructing future cooks via time-honored hands-on training.

     Our Home

    Members of ACF Chicago Chefs meet throughout the greater Chicago area over the course of the year, thanks to monthly educational meetings that shine the spotlight on food and issues facing culinarians.

    ACF Chicago Chefs is headquartered at;

    4318 River Rd

    Schiller Park, IL 60176

    1 (872) 221-3292