The American Culinary Federation (ACF), a leading membership organization for chefs and culinary professionals in North America, will host three professional development events in 2018: ChefConnect: Charlotte, February 25-27, 2018, Charlotte, North Carolina;ChefConnect: Newport Beach, March 18-20, 2018, Newport Beach, California; and Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show, July 15-19, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The regional ChefConnect conferences and national convention will focus on the theme of transformation, working to empower individuals to “Be the Change…” in their professional and personal lives. Robust program schedules will allow attendees to select professional development opportunities tailored to their areas of interest. Each event includes educational seminars, culinary demonstrations, hands-on workshops, industry exhibits, a career fair and networking opportunities. By attending these events, culinary professionals gather actionable insights to bring home to their classrooms, employees and kitchens and earn continuing education hours to acquire and maintain ACF certifications.

The American Culinary Federation is currently seeking culinary influencers and industry leaders to present educational sessions, demonstrations and hands-on workshops at all three events. Topics can range from innovative trends and techniques to skills development, baking and pastry, health and wellness, culinary management, educator development and more. The deadline for proposals is September 30, 2017. For more information, visit

Detailed event schedules and registration information are available at rates are available prior to early registration deadlines.

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