Resort Food Executive Committee

RFEC - How to Join

Welcome to The Resort Food Executive Committee Membership page. We hope you have had an opportunity to read our Mission, Vision, and Foundation Statements located on the home page to truly understand our core beliefs and goals.

To become a member of The Resort Food Executive Committee entitles you to become aligned with the most prestigious chefs and resorts throughout the United States. We are proud to include among our membership The Greenbrier, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Broadmoor, and so many more luxurious resorts.

If you are dedicated to the core quality of the culinary tradition yet constantly seek new and innovative concepts and ideas, membership in the Resort Food Executive Committee is for you. As a RFEC member, you will network with fellow leaders in the culinary industry on a continuous basis and attend the yearly Resort Food Executive Committee conference to share ideas and concerns. The knowledge and information shared not only enhances your base of knowledge, but enhances the property you represent as well.

Promoting and educating the future chefs of tomorrow is a paramount goal of the RFEC. It is through the 'brotherhood' of RFEC chefs and properties that there is an extensive apprenticeship/journeyman program as well as scholarship awards. As a member, you may elect to participate in the exchange of apprentices for your property to assist in special events and other venues.

Listed below are the criteria for both property membership and chef membership.

Stage 1 - Referral

  • A potential membership property and representative must be recommended by two current RFEC members.
  • The potential property must show management support for the Chef's attendance and property's ability and willingness to host a future conference.
  • The potential property will have to meet the majority of the requirements stated in the Membership Requirements below and provide documentation for the RFEC Board of Director's approval.
  • This pertinent information will be distributed by the membership chairman to the Board of Directors for review and a decision is rendered to the membership chairman regarding advancement to Stage 2.

Stage 2 - Application

  • Potential membership property to provide a property press kit and website address, brochures, sales kit, menus, and chef biography for review by the Board and general membership at the annual RFEC Conference.
  • Information will be reviewed by the RFEC Board of Directors and a recommendation put forth to the active members for a vote via email.

Stage 3 - Final Presentation & Induction

  • If the application is accepted, the Membership Chairman will send a welcome letter and conference information, inviting the applicant to attend the next conference. Attendance is mandatory.
  • Applicant to present his resort and professional background information to the conference attendees during the general business meeting at the conference. A resort information kit and representative biography needs to be provided to all attendees.
  • The president will present and welcome the new member property representative with a membership pin and an official welcome package at the induction ceremony. At the attendance of the second RFEC conference the new member property representative will receive the membership medallion.

Membership Requirements

  • Nationally and Internationally Recognized (Conde Naest, Zagat, etc.).
  • Major Food and Beverage Operation, including multiple food and beverage outlets, room service, banquets, and events.
  • Recognized as a 4 or 5 Star/Diamond resort.
  • Supports and encourages exchange of staff seasonally or for career advancement.
  • Involvement with local community events. (Please provide a copy of menus, advertisements, or brochures with the property affiliation stated).
  • Apprenticeship and/or culinary externship site.
  • Be in the culinary profession for a minimum of ten years (Please provide a copy of resume).
  • Certified chef understanding that Certified Executive Chef and American Academy of Chefs membership is encouraged.
  • Member in good standing in national chef and F&B organizations such as the American Culinary Federation, Golden Toques or Les Toques Blaches.
  • Active in such organizations holding an office, volunteering or consistent attendance.
  • Lead chef for any of the following: Chaine des Rotisseurs dinner, local or regional ACF Chapter dinner, Les Amis de Escoffier dinner, or any other nationally recognized association or recognized local charity (Please provide a copy of the menu with your affiliation stated).

Termination of Membership

  • Delinquency in paying dues, misuse or misrepresentation of the RFEC for illegitimate business or self-promoting reasons can lead to termination of membership. Termination of membership would be evaluated by the Board of Directors and decision would be voted on by membership.

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in more information regarding membership in the RFEC please contact one of our Board Members:

RFEC Membership Chairman - Chef Michael Gregory

RFEC Vice President - Chef Dale Ford

RFEC - Pride In Membership