Conference Highlights

The 28th Annual Chef Conference is back and better than ever. We’re excited to share with you the highlights of our award-winning conference.

Innovate, Elevate, Celebrate:

The 2022 Chef Culinary Conference will be here before you know it, and we have a rich and comprehensive educational program planned for you, thanks to the team and support from everyone involved.

We are planning to host an in-person event at UMass Amherst, June 5th-10th with the theme: ‘Innovate, Elevate, Celebrate’. We are expecting a big turn-out as we transition from virtual for the past two years.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Alice Waters, Jacques Pepin and Martin Yan, three icons of our industry will join us for a panel discussion and we will have dinner together with the attendees using some of the their recipes
  • 30 interactive hands-on workshops with 15 accomplished chefs and faculty from Johnson & Wales covering a variety of cuisines from Mediterranean, African, Latin, Indian and Thai, to plant-forward and plant-based, as well as media training
  • Four famed professors (MDs) from Harvard will talk about nutrition and dietary health, including gut health
  • Nutritional Symposium for dietitians, managers, directors and supply chain
  • Six esteemed directors from the C & U segment will share their thoughts and vision, from best practices for planetary & human health, DEI, meal plans, culinary strategy and innovation, to campus life and the student experience
  • Three campus leaders will talk about a newly transformed institution and building a more healthy and sustainable campus
  • Three Presidents from the supply chain will discuss the state of the industry and how we can all work together strategically
  • Two of the most highly cited food scientists in the world will discuss the present situation and future of food
  • Students panels: college students will talk about what they are expecting from us as they return to campus this fall
  • Several marketers and researchers will talk about Gen Z Marketing and will discuss how to create lifelong healthy relationships with food
  • A Leadership Symposium, exclusively for Food Service/Auxiliary Directors, will feature lively discussions with solutions on the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing collegiate dining and auxiliary programs today
  • An ACF-sanctioned team competition for 15 teams
  • “Tournament of Champions” competition with celebrity chef Jet Tila
  • An expert in the field will discuss the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion in foodservice
  • Vendor Trade Show
  • Golf tournament June 4th
  • And much more!

Together we will ‘Innovate, Elevate, Celebrate’. The conference is limited to 350 attendees. We encourage you to sign up early!