Quick Start Guide

Getting Started on Chef’s Table

Make the most of your Chef’s Table experience online by taking these steps to allow others to find and connect with you, engage in meaningful conversations about the topics that matter to you, and build your presence in the online community.

Log in:

When you go to Chef’s Table, click “Sign in” in the top right corner. Login in using your Membership ID and password for acfchefs.org. On the sign in page, you can reset your username or password by using the links below the sign in button. If you don’t have an account, click “Create a new account.” Please note, Chef’s Table is an exclusive member benefit and you need to be a member of ACF to gain access.


Profile Set-Up:

Tell us about yourself: Is this what you really look like? Upload a profile picture and add some information to your profile so it is easier to find and connect with like-minded peers. 


Profile Settings:

Customize your profile settings: While on your profile page, click on the tab for My Account. Here you can set up how you want to receive emails from the community, how much of your profile you want visible to other members, design the signature area that appears under your discussion posts and more. If you have any questions about what a certain setting means, please email the Community Manager at communitymanager@acfchefs.net for help. 

Email Delivery Options: Your frequency can be in the form of daily or weekly digests–a single email summarizing the hottest topics in your community, or stay informed in real time with instant alerts. 

Build your contact list: Select Directory from the top navigation bar to find friends and colleagues belonging to ACF. Creating a contact list helps identify relationships and build searchable networks. Our Advanced Search option offers further parameters for making connections.

Join the Conversation

Posting a Message:

1. Select “Post New Message” from the Discussions page 
2. You can upload attachments (attachments will automatically be added to the specified community library).
3. You can @mention specific Chef’s Table members. 

*You can save a draft of the post. The system will also automatically start saving your message once you start adding content. You can schedule a post to go live at a certain time. To access your scheduled posts and drafts, go to Profile > My Contributions tab > List of Contributions. 



Reply to a Discussion:

  • Reply: Reply to the entire thread. 
  • Reply Privately: Sends a private response to the member’s community inbox.
  • Mark As Inappropriate: If a member's post clearly violates the Chef’s Table Terms and Conditions, you can flag it to be reviewed by the ACF community management team.

Share a Resource:

1. To add the Chef’s Table Resource Library, select “Participate” from the navigation menu and then select “Share a File”.

2. If you are on the community homepage, you can access the library by clicking on the Library tab.

*You will notice that there are two different ways to view the community library content (list or folder). The default view is the folder view. Use the icon's to switch the view.

3. To add a new library item select "Create New Library Entry". Complete the required fields on the library entry form: Title, Library, Description, Entry Type. Based on the Entry type you select you will need to take additional steps after you select next.

What now?

  • Let us know you're here: Say hello and share what you are hoping to gain by participating.
  • Ask questions: What do you want to know more about? Have a question about anything from professional development to everyday problems? There's someone out there with the answer.
  • Share ideas: Is there a hot topic you want to discuss? How about a lesson you've learned that might help your fellow members? Start a discussion thread to give others a peek inside your world or to demonstrate your expertise on a topic.
  • Give feedback: Use your knowledge and experience to answer other members' questions. Just click Reply to the right of any discussion post, or comment underneath a library entry. 
  • Spread knowledge: Check out our useful Resources, such as the Resource Library, to see what others have uploaded and keep the sharing going.