Welcome to the Research Chefs Association

Online community for connecting with your fellow members in the leading resource for practitioners of Culinology®.

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The Home for Food Product Development Professionals.

The Research Chefs Association is the leading professional community for food research and development. Our members are the pioneers of the discipline of Culinology® — the blending of culinary arts and the science of food.

Founded in 1996 by a group of research chefs dedicated to overcoming challenges facing the food product development professional, the Research Chefs Association (RCA) has grown to more than 2,000 members. Today, RCA is the premier source of global and inclusive 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.

 

2,000+

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RCA Membership

RCA Membership are better prepared to meet the demands of the food industry through an innovative, creative, intelligent approach to food product development.

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RCA Education

Professional development through continuing education is key to RCA's mission of supporting practitioners of Culinology® throughout their career.

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RCA Connect

RCA Connect is the RCA’s online-community for quickly connecting with your fellow members in the leading resource for practitioners of Culinology®.

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Join RCA and Take the Next Step to Elevate Food Product Development.

The Research Chefs Association is a diverse, collaborative, and engaged collection of professionals dedicated to elevating food product development. Our membership includes chefs, food scientists, R&D professionals and others involved with the product development and innovation. We also have a strong membership with professionals who support product development, such as marketers, researchers and consultants.

 

RCA membership gives you access to this network of professionals, as well as unique opportunities to expand and develop your career for greater success.

Set Yourself Apart Through the Blending of Culinary Arts and Food Science.

Education and professional development through continuing education is key to RCA's mission of supporting practitioners of Culinology® throughout their careers.
 
Professional Development

RCA offers several opportunities to continue your education and develop professionally. From workshops and regional events to RCA Conference education sessions, there is something for everyone!

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Certification

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? RCA offers the #1 program for certifying the knowledge, skills, and experience of Culinology® professionals: Certified Research Chefs and Certified Culinary Scientists.

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Student Programs

RCA not only partners with top colleges and universities to create approved Culinology® degrees, but also offers unique student benefits such as discounted rates on regional event attendance. Get involved early on in your career, and reap the benefits.

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RCA Connect is the RCA’s online-community for quickly connecting with your fellow members in the leading resource for practitioners of Culinology®.

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Engage with the RCA community year round at food-focused regional events.

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Events

RCA Fancy Food Show Networking Event
Jun 24, 2024 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm | Eastern
$30.00
Learn & Cook: The Backbone of Korean Cooking
Jul 11, 2024 04:00 pm - 08:00 pm | Eastern
$150.00
Artisan Cheese Seminar, Tasting, and Reception
Jul 14, 2024 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm | Central
$45.00