We’re here to promote culinary excellence in southwest Missouri.

Benefits of Joining the ACF

Industry Recognition

Educational Demonstrations

Culinary Development

Fundraisers & Events

Scholarships & Support

Community Involvement

The American Culinary Federation is the largest professional chefs’ organization in North America, with more than 14,000 members in 170+ chapters. While the organization uses the term “chef,” we welcome anyone with an interest in culinary arts. So whether you are a professional chef, a line cook, a baker, a culinary student, or just someone with a passion for the business, we welcome what you have to offer.

The ACF is built upon education, professional betterment, and networking at both the regional and national conferences and our monthly local meetings.

Every meeting features an educational component… and of course, food! Recently, we’ve enjoyed a world tour of dumplings, a farm-to-table experience at a local farm, and a pastry learning experience and tasting. The camaraderie that we share as professionals is also paramount. We learn from each other, lend a hand when in need, raise money for scholarships, and elevate the profession in our area and abroad.

We look forward to introducing you to the ACF!

You are even welcome to attending a meeting before you join. We’d be happy to meet you, and see how the ACF can serve you.

Membership dues start at $106 for professionals and $50-84 for students. For full membership details, visit the American Culinary Federation.

Upcoming Events

July 29, 2024
  • Monthly Meeting

    July 29, 2024  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Captain's Quarters Bar & Grill, 90 Nautical Mile Dr Suite C, Branson, MO 65616, USA

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Our Board

Lou Rice


Lou Rice, CCC

Vice President

Melinda Burrows, CEC, AAC

Katie Baker


Katie Baker

Ray Stopoczynski


Raymond Stopczynski, CCC

Education Chair

Daniel Pliska, CEC, AAC

Jason Pooker

Chairman of the Board

Jason Pooker

Our Sponsors

Arctic Food Equipment
SGC Foodservice
US. Foods

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