The Australian Culinary Federation National Office Inc. was formed in 1994 by a group of passionate chefs that had a vision for change in the representation of Cooks, Chefs, Apprentices and Culinary Students,


What do we do? 

“The Australian Culinary Federation is dedicated to promoting camaraderie and culinary education of chefs, cooks, apprentices and culinary students that raise the skill levels, personal growth, industry profile and wellbeing of the entire industry”.


Who are the member’s?


In a nutshell: Chefs, cooks, apprentices and culinary students who are currently working – or studying – in the industry, professionals not qualified as chefs working in the industry or related  industries


Membership Categories


Professional Member 1 Year $110, 3 Years $231, 5 Years $445.50

Must be qualified Chef, Pastry Chef with trade qualification, equivalent international qualification or relevant experience


Junior Member $49.50

Is a student enrolled in an accredited post-secondary culinary education program, a registered apprentice, a student or apprentice with less than two years full-time employment post-graduation or qualification (regardless of age) or a chef under the age of 25. The following documentation will be accepted as proof of your status. Student ID, proof of enrollment, apprenticeship papers, qualification certificate less than 2 years old.


Student Member $22

Secondary student enrolled in Cert in hospitality (kitchen operations) 16 – 18 years old, has no vote.


Associate Membership $110

Is an individual not qualified or employed as a chef, has no vote


Defence Force Membership $60.50

The ACF offers military personnel the benefits of membership at a reduced price, has completed cert lll & is currently serving.


International Membership $253

Is a qualified chef not working in Australia, resume is required to be sent to the office, has no vote.


Retired Members $49.50

Is a previous full member of the association & is currently not working.


Establishment Membership $550

A single kitchen/restaurant or industry related business at one location, 6 memberships. Membership resides with the establishment, has no vote. Please contact the office if you require further clarification


Life Members

Awarded to a member for the ongoing contribution to the association at a regional level.


​Honorary Life Members

Awarded to a member for their ongoing work & achievement for the Australian Culinary Federation & the Hospitality Industry at a National Level

Please contact the office if you would like information on the following memberships:

Training Provider Membership $2500

Corporate Membership $2500

Training Provider Premium Membership $5000

Corporate Premium Membership $5000


WHY should you become a member?


Firstly there’s no other industry association that specifically represents the whole culinary community at a state and national & International level.


  • The ACF is the peak industry body representing professional chefs, cooks, young chefs, apprentices and culinary students across all matters relevant to the cooking and hospitality industries.

  • We participate in and advise the establishment, maintenance and improvement of Australian culinary competitions as advised by the World Association of Chef’s Societies (WACS)

  • We are committed to developing the professional skills & knowledge of our members and the broader industry by provision of workshops from industry experts, mentoring programs, industry mental health awareness, social consciousness and sustainability

  • We inspire camaraderie through social and professional networking using social media, workshops, professional functions and meetings

  • We are inclusive and respectful of individuals gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity or religious beliefs


The ACF is directly driven by Chefs, for Chefs.


We collaborate with other associations – and the food service industry in general, – at both national and state level.


As an ACF member, you can enhance your professional skills through:


Educational Opportunities

Specialised Workshops, Master Classes and Judging Seminars & Industry Tours

Chef Certification programs through World Chefs & ACF


Networking Opportunities

The organisation also offers great networking opportunities with fellow chefs & industry professionals.

Social events, lunches/dinners at discounted prices

The chance to join fellow chefs and other industry colleagues at various events to raise the standards of your profession and demonstrate your commitment to the industry.

Community Engagement

ACF National Conference Bi - annually



Compete & Judge in regional & national competitions.

The ability to be eligible based on criteria, to apply for selection to the Australian Culinary Squad.


ACF members receive:

A membership card and certificate

ACF Pin & Gift

Discounted fees for classes, workshops & events

Chat, the regular newsletter that distribute all our information on competitions, events & industry news to our members

Automatic membership of World Chefs (WACS) through the ACF and the opportunity to attend the World Chefs Congress, which is held in a different country every two years. Participate in the full Congress programme, which includes innovative topics for discussion, culinary workshops and demonstrations by international chefs, as well many social events

ACF website providing diverse information on events, industry news, members’ activities,  competitions & instant links to our Culinary Partners and other websites. The opportunity to advertise jobs & business on our website.



So with more members, the ACF has a louder voice to fight for issues important to the culinary industry and to protect chefs’ professional values