Texas Chefs Association




Who We Are

Texas Chefs Association is a chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Texas Chefs Association is comprised of 14 dynamic chapters operating in cities across Texas. Our association provides members with timely seminars, networking tools, and professional advancement opportunities to help them further their goals within the food service industry.

Our Mission Statement

“It is our mission to promote the culinary profession and make a positive impact for culinarians through education and certification; while creating a fraternal bond of respect and integrity among culinarians in Texas.”

Meet our Board

Chef Connect-A Journal of the Texas Chefs Association


Chef Bernard Urban CEC, AAC, HOF
                   1929 – 2014

Chef Urban  

In Chef Bernard Urban’s lifetime he has acquired a long list of accomplishments.  Some of his most recent were the TCA Award of Distinction presented to him at the July 2014 Texas Chefs Association Convention.  In July 2013 chef received the American Culinary Federation Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame.  

Chef Bernard has cooked for a long list of presidents, kings and queens and celebrities including President Ronal Reagan, George Bush, Dwight Eisenhower, Texas Governor John Connelly, Queen Elizabeth of England, King Hussein of Jordan, all NASA Astronauts, Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jimmy Durante, Sammy Davis Jr., Glen Campbell, Muhammad Ali, Wilt Chamberlain, Peggy Lee and numerous others.

Chef Bernard Urban CEC, AAC, HOF may you rest in peace, you will be missed!


Award of Distinction Bernard Bernard Ice Sculpture

Lifetime Achievment Award

2014 Texas Chefs Assn. 
Award of Distinction                           
2013 American Culinary Federation Lifetime 
Achievement Award and inducted into the AAC Hall of Fame


Upcoming Events

Christmas in JulyShow your support now - Dallas Chapter 29th Annual Treats of Christmas.

05 Rio Grande Valley Chefs Picnic.  For more info email santiago.delacruz@ourclub.com.
06 Dallas Chapter Associate Member sponsored Happy Hour at Nick & Sam’s in Addison.  For more info contact David Ewing at ewing.david@ntx.sysco.com or Christina LaBarba at calabarba@benekeith.com.
06 Dallas Chapter Meeting, 3 pm at Look Cinema, 5409 Belt Line Rd., Dallas, TX 75254.
06 East Texas Chapter Meeting, 3 pm at Village Bakery.  
Golden Triangle Chapter 2014 Chef’s Delight.  For more info please email gtchefs@gmail.com.
15 Ben E. Competition.  For more info contact Patrick Mitchell CEC AAC at pdmitchell@benekeith.com. 
17-18 Mushroom Festival-Brazos Valley Chapter, Madisonville, TX.  For more info contact Alfonso Gonzalez at agon316@yahoo.com

Corpus Christi Chapter, Dia de los Muertos Festival, Downtown Corpus Christi, TX.  For more info contact Michael Stephans CEC at sbchefmike@aol.com or 361.826.4752.
Golden Triangle Chef’s Ball, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.
09 Dallas Chapter Chili Confrontation, 11 am-3 pm, Four Corners Brewery, 423 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, TX 75212 at Trinity Groves.  For more info click here.  To compete in Chili Confrontation email Dawn@thymeManager.com.
21 Gingerbread Donations for Gingertown Competition.  For more info. contact April Barney at abarney@dallasisd.org.

Dallas Chapter Treats of Christmas at North Park Mall.  Pick up of goods will be December 19.  Chairs:  Quentin Layne, qlayne@baf.com and April Barney, abarney@dallasisd.org.

Houston Chapter Chef’s Ball, 6 pm.  For more info email yesles@aol.com.