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Upper Michigan Culinarians

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The American Culinary Federation, Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America with more than 20,000 members. The ACF Upper Michigan Chapter, Inc. , with members in Houghton, Marquette, Iron Mountain and Escanaba, is one of 225 ACF chapters located nationwide. ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and to combat childhood obesity. For more information, visit

We are a group of culinary/hospitality professionals from around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We have been affiliated with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) since 1989. The ACF is a National organization which has about 225 chapters and 20,000 members across the USA, and internationally with the World Association of Cooks Society (WACS). Founded in 1929 in New York City, the ACF is one of the oldest and most respected culinary organizations in America. Chefs, cooks, managers, bakers, owners, instructors, students, purveyors, and other professional are part of our group.


The chapter meets the last Tuesday of each month (excluding July, August and December), at various sites around the U.P. In addition to Chapter business, our meetings always have a food demonstration or presentation on topics related to our industry. Besides strengthening one's knowledge, meetings are also a good way to network, share your passion and make new contacts.

Each May, the chapter puts on the "Culinary Secrets Exposed" cooking competition at the Reinhart food show in Marquette, MI.  It is a mystery basket style competition with the food show vendors representing the "basket". Eight competitors have an hour to gather product from the show floor and 30 minutes to cook from it. Our version of the Iron Chef (affectionately called the "Copper Chef"), is exciting to watch and intense to participate in. It's a great way to utilize Reinhart products, feature our chapter and show the talent we have UP here.


In June, we have our annual chapter Chef of the Year Dinner, honoring those Chef nominees and the ultimate winner who has represented our chapter, industry and profession with dignity, grace and many of hours of effort.


In August, our chapter has a summer ending Lobster Boil at a local camp. Members enjoy lobster, shrimp, corn and an array of other foods in a relaxing setting. A great way to say goodbye to a busy summer and welcome the beautiful U.P. autumn.

In October, our chapter participates in our largest annual fundraiser, the OSF HEART OF GOLD DINNER, benefitting St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. The eight course gourmet meal has a different chef producing each course showcasing our Chapter's talent.