Memberships

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The Culinary Federation gives professional chefs and cooks from across Canada an opportunity to connect locally, nationally, and internationally with culinary peers – to network and learn from each other, give back to the local community, and mentor up-and-coming industry professionals.

Founded in 1963, the Culinary Federation is a Canadian association of professional chefs and cooks with an active membership of 1,000+ and 21 local branches across Canada. Member chefs, with combined purchasing power in excess of $100 million annually, come from diverse industry verticals including multi-unit chains, independent operators, international hotel groups, institutional and educational facilities - professors and students - food manufacturers and food distributors.

The federation is comprised of 4 distinct ingredients

  • Education
  • Health & Wellness / Community Involvement
  • Culinary Challenges and Competitions
  • Networking and Personal/Professional Development

Benefits of membership include

  • Local connections and networking through monthly or bi-monthly branch events (virtual and face-to-face)
  • Opportunities to participate in culinary competitions (local, national, international), community events, skills and product knowledge education
  • Chef Certification programs through World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) and The Canadian Culinary Institute (CCI)
  • Business & Personal Skills Development Education Modules through McKinley Solutions
  • Culinary Skills Training through www.rouxbe.com
  • Customized member programs including:
    • Johnson Insurance (Home, Auto, Dental and Health coverage
    • Entegra Procurement Services
    • FoodGrads (Young Chef job portal and information hub)
    • Dine Aware (Food Allergy Training)
    • TrainCan (Food Safety Training)
    • Live Video Network Showcasing Member Content through Foodiez.live
    • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Benefit (up to $4,000 per member)
    • Community Engagement with FoodRescue.ca, Meal Share and In the Weeds
    • Cost savings and promotions on various products and services from our national partner community
  • Mentorship, career development and opportunities for advancement
  • Subscription to quarterly Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice News magazine
  • Involvement in Annual National/Regional Conference (customized education, networking, local culinary community events)

Professional Membership Options

National Member

Applicants shall be deemed eligible for National Membership if they hold a valid Certificate of Qualification for the Trade of Cook (a TQ5 if trained with the Canadian Armed Forces from 1985) or similar Certification from any Province or Territory where applicable, or an equivalent Certificate from any member country of WorldChefs, or they must be currently working for a documented minimum eight (8) years in the Trade of Cook or as an instructor at an accredited College, Foodservices or Hospitality Institution.

$200 annually OR $20 monthly
+ $30 one-time initiation fee for new members

Member at Large

Open to individuals who meet the National Member criteria BUT live in excess of 250 km from a CF Branch and/or work outside of Canada. If and when you visit or return to Canada, you have the privilege of visiting any Branch to partake of events and resources associated with that Branch.

$125 annually OR $12.50 monthly
+ $30 one-time initiation fee for new members

Armed Forces

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces whose main duties are those of a mess cook, warrant office or commissioned officer.

$200 annually OR $20 monthly
+ $30 one-time initiation fee for new members

Young Chef

Open to any person actively engaged in the preparation of food in a commercial establishment or is enrolled in a recognized course of culinary studies at a college, school or institute. Is actively involved in work/study in the trade of cooking at the time of the application.

$50 annually OR $5 monthly

Pastry Chef

Applicants shall be deemed eligible for National Membership if they hold a valid Certificate of Qualification for the Trade of Cook (a TQ5 if trained with the Canadian Armed Forces from 1985) or similar Certification from any Province or Territory where applicable, or an equivalent Certificate from any member country of WorldChefs, or they must be currently working for a documented minimum eight (8) years in the Trade of Cook or as an instructor at an accredited College, Foodservices or Hospitality Institution.

$200 annually OR $20 monthly
+ $30 one-time initiation fee for new members

Non-Professional Membership Options

Join the Culinary Federation and develop your network with more than 1200 professionals. You will be able to stay up to date on industry trends and add to your skill levels and culinary techniques.

Foodie

Open to any non-professional individuals whose passion is food or cooking.

$85 annually OR $9 monthly
+ $30 one-time initiation fee for new members

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