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25th Anniversary

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A quarter century ago, a group of visionary founders gathered to create an organization built on a simple yet revolutionary idea: great food innovation comes not from one place, but from the blending of culinary arts with food science.

Over the years, hundreds of volunteers gave their time and skills to transform RCA into the premier organization we know today. And the concept of Culinology®  the blending of food science with culinary arts – is the driving force behind food innovation throughout the industry.

But now, RCA is at a turning point. While we celebrate the accomplishments of the past 25 years, we must navigate a future filled with volatile economics and ever-changing health and safety standards that will forever define our industry.

Here’s where you can help. Join your fellow members and the RCA Board of Directors by supporting RCA’s 25th anniversary campaign. Your contribution will help RCA bridge to 2021 and set the foundation for another 25 years of amazing innovation. Your contribution will also ensure RCA’s most valued asset – networking and collaboration among members – remains as the cornerstone of our industry.

And, to accelerate our success, we are excited to announce we have four organizations who have stepped up with a dollar-for-dollar matching program!

These four companies – Darifair Foods, Park 100 FoodsFirst Choice Ingredients and CuliNex – have pledged $10,000 each in matching dollars from member contributions. If our members can rally together with $40,000, RCA will enjoy an additional $40,000 to help us build the foundation for our future.

RCA President Justin Kanthak puts it this way: “If you feel passionate about seeing the RCA succeed in 2021, I am asking you now to please, contribute to the RCA’s 25th Anniversary Campaign.”

How to Give:

Give to the 25th Anniversary Campaign

Your investment will help us support this incredible community and continue to innovate for the future. Thank you for your support!

Stay tuned for more information and updates about RCA's 25th anniversary year — from member stories to anniversary graphics and more!


Milestones in RCA's History

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
 
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The Research Chefs Association (RCA) is founded

1997
 

RCA hosts its 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

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Bill "Pops" Hahne Memorial Scholarship instituted

2010
 

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

2011
 
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RCA celebrates its 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

2016
 

On October 18, 2016, RCA celebrates its 20th anniversary!

2017
 
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On March 15, 2017, RCA reveals its new corporate positioning and identity. The launch of a new identity allows the association to transform with the industry today and in the future.

2018
 

RCA Hosts the First Culinology® Cocktail Competition

Culinology Cocktails

The first-ever Culinology® Cocktail Competition, sponsored by Flavor Dynamics, Inc., took place at the RCA After Dark where participants competed to create the best cocktail.

2019
 

2019 RCA Conference Attendees Raise $19,500 for the CEF

2019 RCA Conference

The professional headshot booth, Food Truck Friday and live auction at the Thoroughbred Awards Reception and Gala all helped to raise more than $19,500! Your generosity directly supports qualified students and professionals pursuing higher learning and continuing education in Culinology®.

The RCA Event in Napa

RCA Event in Napa

The RCA Event in Napa brought together an exclusive group of product developers and innovation specialists to take part in a two-day, hands-on experience at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia during harvest season.

2020
 

2019 RCA Conference Recognized as a High-Growth U.S. Trade Show

2019 RCA Conference Trade Show

the 2019 RCA Conference, held March 13-15, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky, has been honored in two categories of growth by Trade Show Executive Magazine (TSE):

  1. The Next 50 – By Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space; and
  2. The Next 50 – By Exhibiting Companies.

Hosted RCA Powered Up in light of COVID-19

RCA Powered Up

RCA Powered Up was a digital transformation of the 2020 RCA Conference, leveraging the innovation of online learning delivery to meet the needs and interests of the RCA community from the comfort of their homes, offices, labs and kitchens.