Friday, February 19, 2010

75 Food Service Chef and Restaurant Associations

The states are organized into organizations under the umbrella of the National Association of Restaurants.  Most are management and consumer oriented, although many of them do have job banks on their websites.  The chefs associations are more employee oriented, but any of these associations can probably provide good information on where to find employment opportunities, even if they do not themselves provide listings.

State Restaurant and Hospitality Industry Organizations

  1. Alabama Restaurant Association  
  2. Arizona Restaurant Association  
  3. Arkansas Restaurant Association 
  4. California Restaurant Association
  5. Colorado Restaurant Association
  6. Connecticut Restaurant Association  
  7. Delaware Restaurant Association      
  8. Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington DC                                                                                                        
  9. Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
  10. Georgia Restaurant Association
  11. Hawaii Restaurant Association
  12. Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association
  13. Illinois Restaurant Association
  14. Indiana Restaurant Association
  15. Iowa Restaurant Association
  16. Kentucky Restaurant Association
  17. Louisiana Restaurant Association
  18. Maine Restaurant Association
  19. Restaurant Association of Maryland
  20. Massachusetts Restaurant Association
  21. Michigan Restaurant Association
  22. Hospitality Minnesota
  23. Mississippi Restaurant Association
  24. Missouri Restaurant Association
  25. Montana Restaurant Association                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  26. Nebraska Restaurant Association                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  27. Nevada Restaurant Association
  28. New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association
  29. New Jersey Restaurant Association
  30. New Mexico Restaurant Association
  31. New York State Restaurant Association
  32. North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
  33. North Dakota Hospitality Association
  34. Ohio Restaurant Association
  35. Oklahoma Restaurant Association
  36. Oregon Restaurant Association
  37. Pennsylvania Restaurant Association
  38. Rhode Island Hospitality Association
  39. Hospitality Association of South Carolina
  40. Tennessee Hospitality Association
  41. Texas Restaurant Association
  42. Utah Restaurant Association
  43. Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association
  44. Washington Restaurant Association
  45. West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association
  46. Wisconsin Restaurant Association
  47. Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association

Chef, Cook and Food Service Organizations

  1. American Culinary Federation was founded in 1929 and is the largest organization for professional chefs and cooks in North America.  There are 230 chapters at the state, regional and city level.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  2. American Dietetic Association is for professionals in the dietetic and nutrition fields.                                                                                                                                       
  3. American Personal and Private Chef Association has a training and certification program.
  4. American Sommelier Association provides education and certification for its members as well as sponsoring occasional competitions.
  5. Asian Chefs Association is a San Francisco based organization that encompasses professionals working in every form of Asian cuisine.
  6. Association for Healthcare Food Service is for professionals who provide services in facilities with in-house food service.
  7. California Capitol Chefs is a regional organization for Sacramento, the state capital, and environs.
  8. Chicago Chefs Inc. is an organization that dates back to 1925, predating the American Culinary Federation by four years.  
  9. Colorado Chefs Association has an apprenticeship program operated in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor and the American Culinary Federation.
  10. Green Restaurant Association is dedicated to sustainable food service management.
  11. High Sierra Chefs Association has a membership that works in the casinos, hotels and resorts in the Reno area and surrounding Lake Tahoe.
  12. International Food Service Executives Association is comprised of professionals working at a variety of positions in all types of hospitality and institutional facilities.
  13. National Association of Catering Executives  has forty six chapters around the country. They offer education programs and certification.
  14. National Association of College and University Food Services was founded in Michigan and now has six regions across the country.
  15. National Restaurant Association  is the major national organization, claiming all of the state organizations as affiliates.
  16. New York Metro Personal Chefs is a regional organization serving all of the New York City Burroughs, Westchester and Putnam Counties, Fairfield County Connecticut and Northern New Jersey.  A golden networking opportunity for personal chefs in the area.
  17. Orange Empire Chefs and Cooks Association is for cooking professionals in the Southern California Orange County area.
  18. Professional Chefs Association offers certification training and exams.
  19. Research Chefs Association  is an organization for professionals who are engaged in “the blending of culinary arts and the science of food.”
  20. Restaurant Facility Management Association  is focused primarily on the large chain restaurant business sector.
  21. School Nutrition Association works to support policies that further quality nutrition in schools. 
  22. Society for Food Service Management includes members who work as consultants in the industry.
  23. The Texas Chefs Association has fifteen chapters within the state comprising an active organization.  They also have a job bank on their website.
  24. United States Personal Chefs Association provides insurance, certification and recognition for its members. 
  25. Washington State Chefs Association dates back to 1923, when it was founded as the Seattle Culinary Association.
  26. Women Chefs and Restauranteurs was established in 1993 and since then has grown to an organization with national membership of over 2,000 industry professionals.
  27. World Association of Chefs Societies was founded in 1928 in the Sorbonne. 
  28. World Master Chefs Society has 25 branches around the globe.

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