ACF Central Florida Chapter
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Welcome to the ACF Central Florida Chapter – where members of the culinary arts come together, learn more about their craft, and inspire a passion for food. Expand your connections with national and local renowned chefs and top industry professionals. Be our guest at one of our upcoming general chapter meetings listed on the Events Calendar. Welcome to the chapter in the heart of it all.


The ACF Central Florida Chapter needs your help for our chapter to successfully host the 2019 Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show held at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Show Dates are August 4th – 8th! Please check out our registration page and volunteer your time!


The ACF Central Florida Chapter is excited to host the ACF Culinary Arts Competition each year during the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show. Competition registration is not yet open for 2019! But save these dates: September 15th & 16th, 2019 on your competition calendar. Show that you’ve got game!


Propel your career higher by maintaining your competitive edge. ACF Certifications for chefs, pastry chefs and culinarians can set you apart from having a job to having a career. Visit our special page on Certification which includes: process information, steps to success, organizational tips, sample menus, and demo guide.


Elections for the Board of Directors of the ACF Central Florida Chapter occur every two years. The next chapter elections are this fall for the 2018-2019 term. Nominations will be open in September and voting will take place in December for the following elected positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant at Arms. Nominations are now open for these positions. Get involved with the elections—nominate a fellow chapter member today!


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July 4 , 2013 ACFCFCChefs No Comments

In Memoriam: Michael Roman, The Catering Guru

Chicago, June 27, 2013—It is with deep sadness that the team announces the unexpected passing of catering industry legend Michael Roman. “We recently said goodbye to a wonderful, wonderful man,” said Lisa Richards, Founder and CEO of Festivities Catering and Picnic People, a San Diego special events and catering company.  “Michael was a gentle

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June 25 , 2013 ACFCFCChefs 1 Comment

Gulf to Lakes Chapter President Accepts a New Position in St. Croix

ACF Gulf to Lakes Chapter President — John Bell, CEC, ACE — has resigned his position with the chapter and lake county schools in order to accept a position in St. Croix at the Beach Side Café as a restaurant/hotel executive chef. John has been instrumental not only to his chapter but to the ACF

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June 24 , 2013 ACFCFCChefs 2 Comments

Chef Table Night at Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest will present its first Chef Table Night on Thursday, August 29th, where guest chefs will work with the Second Harvest culinary students to create a spectacular dining event that will help to raise money for hunger relief efforts in Central Florida. Chefs interested in participating in a future Chef Table Night should contact

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Thanks to These Companies Who Help Make Our Chapter Great


Welcome to the ACF Central Florida Chapter — where members of the culinary arts come together, learn more about their craft, and inspire a passion for food. Through our website, email newsletter, events, and various social media outlets, we reach more than 2,000 local chefs and culinary professionals each month. Help support the ACF Central Florida Chapter and its members by signing up for one of our sponsor packages today! Visit our Sponsorship Page or download an information flyer.