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Who Joins the RCA?

  • Chefs: Research chefs, corporate executive chefs, independent chefs, pastry chefs, hotel chefs, R&D and test kitchen chefs, product development chefs, innovation directors, food & beverage directors, caterers, manufacturers, and consultants.
  • Food Science Professionals: Food scientists, technologists, research specialists, chemists, consultants, flavorists, manufacturers, directors of operations, lab technicians, product development managers, nutritionists, and dietitians.
  • Educators & Students: Deans, administrators, professors, instructors, and students of culinary arts, food science and Culinology® programs.
  • Business Professionals: Sales, marketing, and distribution professionals.
  • Media: Publishers, editors, authors, researchers, and public relations professionals.

Membership Dues

Please note: Your first year with RCA may be prorated according to the time of year you join. The official start of the membership year is July 1. Moving forward you will be invoiced on July 1 for your first full year of membership dues. 

Standard Rates for New Members July 1 - December 31:

Chef, Affiliate, Food Science & Technology, and Culinology® Members = $160
Associate Members = $425
Student Members = $30 

Categories of RCA Membership

Chef Member

Individuals recognized professionally as chefs employed in any sector of the food industry. Examples include but are not limited to: research/ corporate/executive chef, research and development chef, concept/product development chef, director/manager of culinary department, consultant, foodservice manager, or food establishment owner. Chef members may vote on bylaws changes and in elections for Board of Director positions.

List Price: $160.00

Member Price: $160.00

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Affiliate Member

Individuals recognized professionally in a field affiliated with Culinology, culinary arts, or food science, and who otherwise do not qualify as a Chef, Food Science & Technology, Culinology, Associate, or Student member. Examples include but are not limited to: writer, publisher, media/ communications professional, academician, administrator, or non-food science researcher. Affiliate members may vote on bylaws changes and in elections for Board of Director positions.

List Price: $160.00

Member Price: $160.00

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Associate Member

Individuals recognized professionally as employed in supporting fields. Examples include but are not limited to: sales / marketing professional, supplier, co-packer, distributor, or recruiter. Associate members may vote on bylaws changes and in elections for Board of Director positions.

List Price: $425.00

Member Price: $425.00

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Student Member 

Individuals recognized as a full-time student in a related field. Examples of field of study include but are not limited to: Culinology, culinary arts, food science, or food studies. Student members hold no voting privileges.

List Price: $30.00

Member Price: $30.00

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Food Science & Technology Member

Individuals recognized professionally as food scientists or food technologists in any sector of the food industry. Examples include but are not limited to: food scientist, food technologist, flavorist, chemist, registered dietitian, nutritionist, lab technician, or food science researcher. Food Science & Technology members may vote on bylaws changes and in elections for Board of Director positions.

List Price: $160.00

Member Price: $160.00

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Culinology Member

Individuals recognized professionally as culinologists in any sector of the food industry. Examples include but are not limited to: culinologist, research chef, culinary scientist, culinary technician, research and development specialist, or innovation director, including Certified Research Chefs, Certified Culinary Scientists, and Culinology degree graduates. Members eligible for the Chef or Food Science & Technology categories who practice Culinology are eligible for this category. Culinology members may vote on bylaws changes and in elections for Board of Director positions.

List Price: $160.00

Member Price: $160.00

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