Release Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2023

Culinary Arts + Hospitality Management earns ACFEF Accreditation until 2030

Chef Joe placing greens on top of a prepared meal in the Culinary kitchen.
Chef Joseph Cosenza, a faculty member in HFC's renowned Culinary Arts program.

The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Accrediting Commission recently approved HFC’s request for program accreditation for two associate degree programs in its Culinary Arts + Hospitality Management Program until June 2030.

The ACFEF Accrediting Commission has given HFC a Grant of Accreditation for:

  • Associate Degree in Hospitality Studies – Culinary Arts
  • Associate Degree in Culinary Arts – Baking and Pastry

The ACFEF Accrediting Commission identified both of these associate degree programs as “exemplary,” the highest program designation possible. To qualify as an ACFEF Exemplary Program, a program must be confirmed in full compliance with ACFEF standards on two consecutive team reports. Those programs subsequently receive a grant of accreditation and exemplary status for seven years.

The team evaluating HFC’s two associate degree programs participated in an onsite visit at the College and determined that it had met the required standards for:

  • Eligibility
  • Program Mission and Goals
  • Organization and Administration
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Curriculum
  • Facilities
  • Student Services and Assessment

A special emblem reflecting this prestigious status will be placed next to the HFC Culinary Arts + Hospitality Management Program’s information on the American Culinary Federation's website.

For questions or for more information about HFC's Culinary Arts + Hospitality Management Program, contact Chef Eric Gackenbach at