Professional Development

Continuing Education

Professional development through continuing education is key to RCA's mission of supporting practitioners of Culinology® throughout their career. RCA has developed an extensive program of continuing education workshops that cater to both the culinary professional and the food technologist. Read more.


RCA certifies qualified professionals as Certified Research Chefs and Certified Culinary Scientists, providing the food industry with today’s most valuable, sought after product developers who excel in the practice of Culinology® — the blending of culinary arts and food science. In today’s complex food industry, companies are seeking employees who can offer that competitive edge through experience and proven competencies in both culinary arts and food science. Read more.

Professional Culinology® Competition

RCA's 2017 Professional Culinology® Competition will be held at the RCA Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. Professional teams will develop a proposal for a concept which includes both gold standard recipes and the corresponding product formulations. Read more.

Poster Presentation Competition and Exhibition

The RCA Education Committee invites professional and student members of the Research Chefs Association to engage in a learning environment that supports quality interaction and a continuous exchange of ideas and new developments by submitting abstracts for a Poster Presentation to be held at the 2017 RCA Annual Conference & Culinology® Expo. Read more.

Scholarships and Opportunities

Valuing the importance of education, the Research Chefs Foundation strives to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to assist qualified students and professionals pursuing higher learning and continuing education opportunities in Culinology, culinary arts, and food science. Read more.


In an effort to provide members and the food R&D industry with relevant, fun and education offerings, the RCA has begun offering a series of webinars! To watch all webinars on-demand, click here. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming webinars!