Welcome to the PCA. The US’ leading association dedicated to the advancement for fine culinary arts.

Chefs, F&B Directors and Industry Leaders from all over the country are sharing today’s knowledge!

The Professional Chef’s Association, Inc. (PCA), a professional, organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1997 by Walter Neuhold. Chef Neuhold began his career in Austria, then expanded his culinary knowledge by traveling the world.  His travels lead him to cook for Pope John II, Queen Elizabeth, and former President Ronal Reagan, among numerous world leaders, movie stars, etc. His focus is of culinary excellence through the exchange of knowledge.

Our Programs

Professional Chef’s Association (PCA) | Culinary Salons & Competition

PCA Culinary Salons of Excellence & Trade Show

Join the PCA for our Culinary Salons and Food Competitions held annually in major cities across the U.S. Educational seminars, food competitions with more than $ 20,000.00 prize money as well as national, regional and local vendors.

Professional Chef’s Association (PCA) | Certification

PCA Certification

The Professional Chefs Association offers the required education courses to reach your certification goals. Our courses are completely online. This means you can take our courses wherever you want and whenever it’s convenient.


Professional Chef’s Association (PCA) | Gold Seal Certification

PCA Quality Gold Seal

Food, beverage and equipment certification by professionals. For our Food Industries’ Purchasing Directors, Chefs, Corporate Buyers — Representing the culinary elite; Expert opinion based on measurable criteria. The PCA Gold Seal Certificate is a coveted guarantee for performance!

Professional Chef’s Association (PCA) | Food & Beverage Consulting

PCA Food & Beverage Consulting Services

All of our PCA Experts have extensive experience and proven track records and are available to provide you with the expert advise that will make the difference for your bottom line!


Joining the Professional Chefs Association

The past sixteen years the Professional Chefs Association, has established itself as the ”home” for practicing Culinarians throughout the nation and it is growing rapidly. Joining is just the beginning. I want to personally challenge you to get active – we need your help!

Each year professionals meet at regional events and a national convention to promote their awareness to the needs of the culinary industry and compete at our “Culinary Salons of Excellence”.  Over the past years we awarded competitors for their devotion to our industry with $ 245,000 in prize money.

The Professional Chefs Association addresses EDUCATION as a crucial need in our industry. “PCA Edu” continually raises the awareness of our members of changing trends and techniques.  Our formal education support is not defined to omit the higher educational school systems that exist.  Our CERTIFICATION program emphasizes ongoing education!

Our website offers current Industry News and updates. We are always looking for relevant articles or you may consider promoting your company through advertisement.


JOIN THE PCAApplication Form

  • Membership Certificate
  • PCA Medal
  • Password to back of the House