Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Chef Culinary Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There are two registration options:

Chef Conference: Food Matters

Chef Conference LogoOur theme for this year, Food Matters, will provide you with the tools and the inspiration to create dishes that will entice a generation of diners in search of something new, healthy, sustainable, and delectable. The conference includes:

  • A premier educational conference
  • 33 expert leaders in today’s culinary scene
  • Hands-on workshops
  • ACF-sanctioned team competition
  • Chopped Competition
  • Partnership with CIA and Johnson and Wales faculty
  • Includes complimentary admission to A Conversation With Michael Pollan

Full week registration by Friday, April 18 is $725. After April 18, full week registration is $750. One-day registration is also available at a rate of $199 for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and $499 for Friday. The last day to register before the $35 late registration fee is May 30th. Cancellations made by the close of business on June 6th will receive a full refund less a $60 cancellation fee plus any administrative fees. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after June 6th.


A Conversation With Michael Pollan

Michael PollanAs part of the 20th Annual Tastes of the World: Chef Culinary Conference, UMass Amherst will be hosting an on-stage conversation and book signing with Michael Pollan, best-selling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemmaand more recently, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Arlin Wasserman, Founder of Changing Tastes and Chair of the Sustainable Business Leadership Council, will moderate the conversation.

The on-stage conversation will be open to the public and will take place in the UMass Campus Center Auditorium on June 17th at 12:00pm. Tickets will cost $20 online, $25 at the door, and are non-refundable.Doors will open at 11:15am when we will begin selling a limited number of tickets. Registered Attendees of the Chef Culinary Conference do not need to purchase a ticket to attend as the event cost is included with registration.