The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), is a professional organization for chefs and cooks. The ACF was founded in 1929 in New York city by three chefs' organizations: the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club, and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America. Since our inception, little has changed in our principal goals. We are an organization based on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through the education of Culinarians at all levels.
In 1976, ACF forever changed the culinary industry by elevating the position of the executive chef from service status to the professional category in the U.S. Department of Labor's Dictionary of Official Titles. Since this change, the culinary industry and our organization has grown tremendously. In fact, ACF is the largest professional chefs organization in North America. We are made up of more than 22, 000 members that belong to more than 230 chapters in four regions across the U.S. (Excerpt from the American Culinary Federation website, 2008).
The Northwest Arkansas Chefs Association (NWA Chefs) is a chapter of the ACF, serving all of Northwest Arkansas.