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    Allergen Awareness Training

    Allergen Awareness Training Law Effective January 1, 2018

    Effective January 1, 2018, Food Service Sanitation Managers working in Category I restaurants are required to obtain ANSI-accredited allergen awareness training within 30 days of hire, and every three years thereafter.

    What Employers Need to Know

    • The law took effect January 1, 2018, with enforcement beginning on July 1, 2018.
      • After July 1, 2018, health inspectors will require proof of ANSI-accredited allergen training during routine health inspections. 
    • Certified Food Service Sanitation Managers working in Category I restaurants in Illinois are required to receive ANSI-accredited allergen awareness training within 30 days of hire, and every 3 years thereafter.
    • This training is required in addition to the current Sanitation Manager Certification.
    • Food Service Managers must now receive both sanitation and allergen certification separately.
    • There is no limit to how many times an employee can take the training.
    • ANSI-accredited certificates are portable and transferable between employers.
    • The law does not require employers to pay for the training.

    Click here to learn more and register for ServSafe Allergens training available online in English and Spanish.

    Click here to download an FAQ on allergen awareness training requirements. 

    Please contact Mary Wilkie, IRA Director of Education, at [email protected] or call the IRA Education Department at (312) 787-4000 with any questions.



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    The Culinarians Code

    Culinarian’s Code

    As a proud member of the American Culinary Federation, I pledge to share my professional knowledge and skill with all Culinarians. I will place honor, fairness, cooperation and consideration first when dealing with my colleagues. I will keep all comments professional and respectful when dealing with my colleagues. I will protect all members from the use of unfair means, unnecessary risks and unethical behavior when used against them for another’s personal gain. I will support the success, growth, and future of my colleagues and this great federation.


    Adopted at Board of Governors

    August 3, 2010


    ACF Culinary Team USA Donations

    ACF Culinary Team USA Donations

    ACF Culinary Team USA members are honored to represent the United States of America and American cuisine at the “culinary Olympics” in Erfurt, Germany, in 2012. They generously give their time, energy and passion in their quest for gold. ACF Culinary Team USA needs equipment, supplies, uniforms and travel expenses to train and compete in the international arena. Share our vision and be a part of the journey.

    The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), ACF’s educational arm, is a nonprofit and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service with a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Donations to the ACFEF are tax deductible—please consult your tax advisor for further guidance. Entities under the ACFEF include apprenticeship, programmatic accreditation, American Academy of Chefs, Chef & Child Foundation, Senior Chefs and ACF Culinary Team USA.

    Checks can be mailed to:
    American Culinary Federation
    180 Center Place Way
    St. Augustine, FL 32095

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    ACF Culinary Team USA

    The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), established in 1929 and the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America, is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions. ACF Culinary Team consists of a national, military, regional and youth team. Each of these teams will represent the United States at the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Exhibition, also known as the “Culinary Olympics,” in Erfurt, Germany.

    Military Team

    The U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team (USACAT) has been competing in the “culinary Olympics” since 1976. Competing at local, national and international culinary competitions offers the military chefs the opportunity to sharpen and broaden his or her cooking skills. Learn More

    The Team Behind the Team

    The success of ACF Culinary Team USA depends on more than just the team members. Managers, coaches and advisors play a vital part. Learn More