Formed in 1996 by a group of food professionals with a common interest in the challenges facing the profession, the Research Chefs Association (RCA) has rapidly grown to approximately 2,000 members. RCA has become the premier source of culinary and technical information for the food industry, with a professionally diverse membership including chefs, food scientists, and other industry professionals who are shaping the future of food research and development.

RCA is a forward-thinking, vibrant, energized organization whose members benefit by being part of a dynamic community of food professionals who work toward a common goal: Bringing excellence to food product development.  

Our Vision

Culinology® is universally valued and its practitioners define and create the future of food.

Our Mission

Promote the value of Culinology® and empower its community.

What is Culinology®?

RCA members are the pioneers of the discipline of Culinology- the blending of culinary arts and the science of food. Culinology, a registered trademark of the RCA, is a fast-growing discipline that has evolved from the valuable partnership between the culinarians and scientists who develop today’s finest food products.


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