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ACF membership confers a special status on those who hold it. The individual CHEF Program is an added extra to the extensive educational resources that have been available for years. Membership opens a pathway to join the rapidly expanding world of professional culinarians; members who are found around the nation, as well as those in the international community of chefs. Membership presents opportunities for competition, professional recognition and access to educational forums with fellow culinarians at events around the country.
The number of food service operations has nearly quadrupled since 1972, and the industry continues to grow and change rapidly. Places where people go to eat and seek lodging have grown faster than other food service establishments and limited menu operations grew faster than full service facilities. It has been a period when chains grew faster than independents. In yet another sector of our industry, commercial, or corporate, operations and non-commercial institutions are likewise experiencing a growth pattern.
Growth and Change
Growth in our food service industry has thrust a major impact on our profession; an impact we will continue to feel. The number and variety of chefs and cooks also continues to change. In 1992, for example, there were 3.09 million chefs, cooks and other kitchen workers in the industry. By the year 2005, that number jumped 38% to 4.28 million. New jobs are appearing as the industry grows more complex. Chefs are more sophisticated in their thinking and even more specialized in their presentation. More is the operative word no matter where you look throughout the food service industry: more large organizations, more chains, more managerial positions and titles, more test kitchens, more development of new foods, more women and minorities. Being a part of the ACF adds up to more opportunity for you and your career development or advancement.
What are the Benefits of ACF Membership?
The true impact of ACF membership comes from your participation with the local chapter. Meetings and events can be your springboard to new professional horizons.