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Professional Associations

 American Culinary Federation

As the authority on cooking in America since 1929, ACF is the premier professional chefs’ organization in North America with more than 20,000 members in more than 200 chapters. CF promotes the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education among culinarians.

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (aka American Dietetic Association)
The world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Portal provided.

American Institute of Food and Wine (AIFW)
"In 1981 Julia Child, Robert Mondavi, Richard Graff, and others founded The American Institute of Wine & Food, a non-profit educational organization devoted to improving the appreciation, understanding, and accessibility of food and drink."

AIB International
Source for education and research in the science of baking, bakery management, equipment, ingredients, cereal science, nutrition, food safety and hygiene, occupational safety and maintenance engineering. Find links to statistical sources on baking

American Personal & Private Chef Institute & Association
The Internet portal to the personal and private chef industry.

California Restaurant Association (CRA)
Founded in 1906, the CRA is the oldest restaurant association in the United States.

Chaine des Rotisseurs USA | A Food and Wine Society
The world's oldest international gastronomic society, founded in Paris in 1248. It is devoted to preserving the camaraderie and pleasures of the table and to promoting excellence in all areas of the hospitality arts.

Culinary Collaborative
"A national network of more than 1,000 members of the food community who promote sustainable cuisine by celebrating the joys of local, seasonal, and artisanal cooking."

Golden Gate Restaurant Association
GGRA was founded in 1936 to promote, extend and protect the interests of the broader restaurant industry and serve members in the Bay Area.

Green Restaurant Association (GRA)
Founded in 1990, GRA helps restaurants and their customers improve their environmental impact in convenient ways, through research, environmental consulting, education, marketing, and consumer activism.

Independent Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA)
Links to industry trends, education and scholarships, news, jobs, management tools and more.

International Association of Culinary Professionals
A worldwide forum for the development and exchange of information and knowledge within the professional food and beverage community with nearly 3,000 members from more than 32 countries. IACP serves as a resource and support system for food professionals worldwide.

National Restaurant Association (NRA)
The National Restaurant Association represents more than 380,000 restaurants and suppliers, educators and non-profits.  NRA provides information on industry research, careers and education; government and legal; food safety; how to run a business, and news.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)
Find state by state regulatory information, career outreach and educational opportunities, as well as publications and a resource center.

Professional Chef's Association
Provides  news, live chef talks, recipes, restaurant design, wines, conferences, and more.

Society for Foodservice Management (SFM)
Provides professional development through research and information, continuing education and member interaction in a collaborative environment.

United States Personal Chef Association
To promote the education and advancement of members of the personal chef industry and the betterment of the industry as a whole.

Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR)
"Promotes the education and advancement of women in the restaurant industry and the betterment of the industry as a whole."

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