About Us

Who We Are – Monterey Bay Chapter

The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), a professional organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs’ organizations: the Société 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 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 have grown tremendously.

ACF is now the largest professional chefs’ organization in North America. We are made up of more than 14,000 members belonging to more than 170 chapters in four regions across the U.S. Today, ACF is the leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship, competitions and programmatic accreditation designed to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs and pastry chefs. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive culinary certification program in the world. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international competitions.


Code of Ethics – Monterey Bay Chapter

Culinarian’s Code

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

ACF Code of Ethical Conduct

“As a proud member of the American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), I agree that I will abide by and conduct myself in accordance with all of the American Culinary Federation, Inc. by-laws.” “If I violate the tenants of the ACF Code of Ethical Conduct or the ACF by-laws, I fully understand that I could be subject to disciplinary action.”

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