Community & education since 1968

Chef & Students

About ACF Chefs Las Vegas

With more than 20,000 members nationwide, The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), is the premier professional organization for culinarians, and is the culinary leader in offering certification, educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. ACF offers culinary competitions, certification, national industry trends publications and much more to help foster the growth of professional chefs and the foodservice industry.

ACF Chefs Las Vegas was founded in 1968 and is composed of chefs and culinary enthusiasts throughout the Southern Nevada area. We offer opportunities to network, learn, and most importantly, have fun while enhancing the local community.

Charitable Initiatives – What We Do

  • Chefs For Kids is our flagship program that aims to eliminate malnutrition and hunger through targeted education, awareness, and example. Throughout the year our chefs volunteer to serve hot, nutritious meals to more than 10,000 kids in at-risk elementary schools.
  • ProStart we donate funds to support this high school culinary challenge as well as to Clark County School District’s Southeast Career Technical Academy Culinary Program.
  • The Shade Tree Women’s Shelter receives a generous donation of gifts and breakfast on Christmas Eve morning.
  • Chefs4Vegas was created in 2020 to provide food assistance to families in need during the pandemic.

The Culinarian Code

As a proud member of the American Culinary Federation, I pledge to share my professional knowledge and skill with all culinarians. I will place honor, fairness, cooperation and consideration first when dealing with my colleagues. I will keep all comments professional and respectful when dealing with my colleagues. I will protect all members from the use of unfair means, unnecessary risks and unethical behavior when used against them for another’s personal gain. I will support the success, growth, and future of my colleagues and this great federation.


ACF Chefs of Las Vegas Board of Directors

Executive Board

Lucio Arancibia, INFOODSYS

Vice President
Angela Armstrong, CSN Student

Ed Manley, Food Service Institute 

Yvonne Maatouk, General Mills

Sergeant at Arms
Chris Johns, South Point Hotel Casino & Spa

ACF Competitions

Board of Directors

JB Brown
Badlands BBQ

Sarper Celenk
Vegas Food Project

Robert Dennerlein
Vegas Food Project

Daniel Mumau
A Catered Affair, INC.

Nathaniel Razon, MBA
The Gilcrease Foundation


Mark Sandoval
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Steve Soltz
College of Southern Nevada

Michelle Vietmeier
Nevada Restaurant Association

Darren Walters
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa

Advisory Board

Lydia Brown
Rich Products

Melanie Johnsen

John Rees lll
Brady Industries

Jinelle Batista
Artisanal Foods & YourPanadas


Randy Dickenson
US Foods

Lee Weiss

Patrick Simon

Greg Schenkel


Our Story



First official Meeting of Chefs in Las Vegas and beginning of our chapter.


Joined ACF

Chefs in Las Vegas officially becomes ACF Chefs of Las Vegas.


Incorporated in the State of Nevada

Becomes an officially recognized membership group.


Your Membership Starts Now!

Take your place in ACF, an organization of more than 20,000 people dedicated to promoting the professional image of chefs worldwide.