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About Us

ACF Mission Statement

The ACF Casco Bay Culinary Association was founded in August of 1987 and has been active in promoting the professionalism of the culinary arts in Southern Maine for 21 years.

It is our goal to make a positive difference for culinarians through education, apprenticeship and certification, while creating a fraternal bond of respect and integrity among culinarians everywhere

The American Culinary Federation has been advancing the value and professionalism of the culinary profession for more than 75 years. Join today and expand your knowledge of the culinary industry, increase your competitive edge and propel your career to new heights.

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What We Offer

The Latest in Industry Trends

We keep our chefs abreast of culinary trends through:

  • Seminars and workshops at local, regional and national events
  • Our flagship magazine, The National Culinary Review
  • Our bi-weekly eNewsletter, The Culinary Insider

Career Recognition

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

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.

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.

Representation in International Competitions

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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