For more than 30 years, IACP has been connecting culinary professionals with the people, places, and knowledge they need to succeed. Learn more about our rich history, current mission, and vision for the future.
The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a worldwide forum for the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and inspiration within the professional food and beverage community. First coming together in 1978 as a small but determined group of cooking school owners and instructors, IACP - then known as the Association of Cooking Schools (ACS) - unknowingly laid a foundation for food culture not only in America, but well beyond. Now with nearly 3,000 members from more than 32 countries, IACP is engaged in and committed to excellence in all aspects of the culinary industry at every level, local, national, and global.
IACP's greatest resource is its multi-faceted membership, which includes chefs, restaurateurs, foodservice operators, writers, photographers, stylists, marketers, nutritionists, and academia, hailing from hospitality, tourism, publishing, and many other disciplines. From well-known personalities, such as founding members Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Anne Willan, to those changing the culinary landscape in new media and other emerging technologies, IACP has been, and remains, home to all culinary professionals. As such, IACP is the only culinary organization of its kind: a crossroads where everyone can meet to share experiences and expertise, in ways that lead to unparalleled growth and learning.
IACP offers members an array of educational and networking experiences to facilitate this learning, including a members-only online directory; interest sections; a monthly Speaker Series; Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) credentialing; Annual Conference, regional, and local events; and a prestigious annual awards program that recognizes the most accomplished in the industry. But career growth isn't the only benefit of joining IACP. Many would say that developing lasting friendships – the type that come from shared memories around the table - is the best part of being a member.
For more information about our six levels of memberships and the associated benefits, click here. To learn more about our history, as remembered by our founding members, or any of our policies and procedures, click on the links below or at the top of the page.