About

1995
 
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Approximately 50 R&D members of the American Culinary Federation gather during Annual Convention to formulate the concept of an association to meet the specific needs of the research chef

1996
 

The Research Chefs Association (RCA)is founded

1997
 

RCA hosts is first Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH

1998
 

Second RCA Annual Conference held in Kansas City, MO

1999
 

RCA membership reaches 500

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Certified Research Chef (CRC®) logo created and criteria established

2000
 

The term Culinology® is born

First stand-alone RCA Annual Conference held in New Orleans, LA
First four CRC®s announced: Dan Sortwell, Skip Julius, Greg Grisanti and Joe O’Connor

2001
 
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Culinology® becomes a registered trademark of RCA
First Culinology® 101 class for chefs held at Rutgers University

2002
 
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Research Chefs Foundation (RCF) formed to provide educational scholarships
RCA membership reaches 1,200
Certified Culinary Scientist (CCS®) logo created and criteria established
First food science for chefs class held at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY

2003
 

Donald Moss earns first bachelor’s degree in Culinology®
Launch of CULINOLOGY® magazine
Certification Commission (RCACC) formed to oversee certification programs

2004
 

Second Culinology® 101 workshop for chefs at Johnson & Wales University

2005
 

RCA membership reaches 2,000
RCA Lifetime Achievement Award initiated

2007
 
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RCA hosts its inaugural Student Culinology® Competition

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Michelle Block Memorial Scholarship instituted

2008
 

First RCA-approved high school level Culinology® program established

2010
 

RCA certifies more than 200 CRC®s and CCS®s
More than 40 students graduated from RCA-approved Culinology® degree programs
Total scholarship grants awarded by RCF since inception: $80,000

2011
 
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RCA celebrates 15 year anniversary

2012
 
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RCA hosts its inaugural Professional Culinology® Competition

2013
 

RCA launches its new, online member community, RCA-Connect

2014
 

$180,000 awarded to date in scholarship monies by RCF