Join us in creating the future of food by getting involved with the RCA. RCA is a forward-thinking, vibrant, energized organization whose members benefit by being part of a dynamic community of food professionals. RCA members are the pioneers of the discipline of Culinology® — the blending of culinary arts and the science of food.

Student Chair
Jaime Mestan, CSC®   
Director of Bistro Products - Vienna Beef Ltd.

Get Involved

Student Committee

The RCA Student Committee is comprised of 4 leadership positions with supporting members who are committed to driving the organizations student initiatives and setting its future direction under the advisement of the RCA Board of Directors. 

2018 RCA Student Board Members 

Melinda Russell
Student Board Chair

Amadeaus Ahnah
Vice Chair/Marketing Chair

Jordan Clark
Education/Competitions Chair

Stephanie Sokol
Regional Chair

Volunteer at Annual Conference

  • Receive a discounted registration for volunteering with professionals onsite at the Annual Conference taking place from March 26-28, 2018 in Savannah, GA!

Make Your Voice Heard 

The Culinologist Blog

  • Read about featured student projects, future food articles, available internships & more. Become a guest blogger or write a feature article! Discover The Culinologist.

Social Media

  • Stay Connected with RCA! Follow our social media platforms to stay informed.
Untitled.png rca2.png rca3.png

RCA Connect

  • RCA’s online member community provides opportunities to quickly connect with your fellow members, and is the leading resource for practitioners of Culinology®. Connect with your fellow RCA student members to discuss upcoming events, internships and job opportunities, education questions, and more! Explore RCA Connect: Student Discussions.


Employment Network

New Graduate Program

The New Graduate Program allows for student members of RCA who have graduated in the past year to renew as a professional member free of charge.

This program gives recent graduates an opportunity to network with professional members while working to establish a career in food R&D. If you are a student member of RCA and a recent graduate, please contact RCA Headquarters with your preferred professional member type. We’d love to help you get started.

A list of RCA professional membership categories can be found here!

Student Culinology® Clubs

Culinology® Clubs at RCA-approved Culinology® degree program schools offer fun, extracurricular activities that bring together students who have a passion for culinary arts and food science.

Allan Hancock College
Culinology® Club
More information here
Southwest Minnesota State University
Student Hospitality Organization
California State University, Fresno
Culinology® Club
More information here
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Culinology® Hospitality Management Club
Orange Coast College
Culinology® and Nutrition Club
More information here

Questions? Contact us at or at (312)321-6861.