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

2014 Texas Chefs Association Awards

Golden Triangle Chapter

Traci Gates (Golden Triangle Chapter) 2014 State Chef of the Year


Idalee Cathcart CEPC, 2014 State Pastry Chef of the Year

Len Pawelek CEC, 2014 State Educator of the Year Chapter Educators of the Year: Charles Duit CEC,ACE,AAC, Jennifer Gorell, April Barney and Ewart Jones PhD CEC AAC

Eduardo De La Cruz Jr., 2014 State Student Culinarian of the Year


Bernard Urban CEC, AAC, HOF 2014 Award of Distinction



Golden Triangle Chapter 2014 Isaac Pina Award

2014 ACF National Awards, Texas Chefs Members

USA’s Chef of the Year
Timothy Prefontaine CEC
Cutting Edge Award
Michael Scott CEC, AAC    


Upcoming Events

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

16 San Antonio Chapter Meeting, 4 pm at Sysco, 1260 Schwab Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78132.  Ron Smith Culinary Director from FreshPoint Produce and Don Carr Chef from Sysco will be doing some education topics as we see their new kitchen.
Dallas Chapter Annual Ice Carving Demo at the State Fair of Texas.  For more info contact Pete Nolasco at 214.392.2233.
27 Farm to Chef Austin Student Culinary Competition, 7-11 pm, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Austin, Texas.  For more details click here.  

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 in Addison, TX.
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.