Georgia Chef is a foundation that supports the Industry Certification process for Secondary (High School) Programs pursuing Industry Certification through The American Culinary Federation. Support is provided through workshops, Teacher In-service sessions, additional skills training for culinary instructors, on-site visits and conferences with school officials, and information updates.

GACHEF also supports instructors and their students through opportunities to compete in Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student competitions, known as STAR Events, beginning at and advancing at the Region, State, and National Levels. Students may also compete at FCCLA State Events. Other competitions include the Chili Cook-Off and the Georgia Peanut Contest held at the Georgia National Fair.

GACHEF co-sponsors Culinary Camp with FCCLA in June. This is a week-long opportunity for students and their instructors to experience Farm-to-Table Agriculture and Food Preparation in a beautiful rural camp setting. Students pick and prepare food, plan meals, learn new techniques, sample new foods and enjoy the recreational activities of the camp at days end. The culminating event is a fine dining experience that everyone enjoys.

Currently Certified Programs

  • Allatoona High School
  • Charles Drew High School
  • Effingham Career Academy
  • Grayson High School
  • Jordan Vocational High School
  • Lambert High School
  • Marietta High School
  • Maxwell High School of Technology
  • Miller Grove High School
  • Newton College & Career Academy
  • North Gwinnett High School
  • North Paulding High School
  • Pope High School
  • Rockdale Career Academy
  • South Forsyth High School
  • South Paulding High School
  • Ware County High School
  • West Forsyth High School
  • William S. Hutchings College and Career Academy
  • Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career Institute