This means there isn't much of an off-season in the Myrtle Beach area, unless you count January. But despite busy work schedules, area chefs still find time to golf, surf, play on the beach with their families, hunt, go boating and entertain at home.
Our mission in the ACF is to grow culinary education for students, professional chefs, vendors and the dining public. Everyone is welcome to join us and learn.
The style of cuisine in this part of Coastal South Carolina is unique and recognizable. Due to our heritage we are rice eaters, and that is incorporated in many of our dishes full of fresh local seafood. Our long growing season also gives us an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables for much of the year.
In 1986 an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts was established at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Membership of the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation has swelled in recent years, and our culinary-inspired fund-raisers help create culinary scholarships.
Culinary-theme festivals and events help show visitors the Grand Strand is a food-lover's dining destination. Little River has a Blue Crab Festival in May, and an annual Taste of the Town showcases dozens of the area's best eateries in October. Many restaurants offer impeccable cuisine during eclectic wine dinners, and a new trend is offering boutique cooking classes and other unique culinary experiences.
While the fried seafood for which Myrtle Beach became known in earlier decades is still popular and widely available, the best of our hundreds of locally owned independent restaurants remember this area's humble traditions: fresh local seafood, produce and rice prepared with a minimum of fuss and healthy ingredients. Diners appreciate that such fare is nutritious, eco-friendly and memorably delicious.
Grand Strand chefs are busy and active, both professionally and personally.
In spring and fall we cater to golfers and motor coach groups. Summers are for families and other sun-seekers, while winters see an influx of shoppers and show attendees.
Welcome ACF Myrtle Beach Culinarians
Greetings from Myrtle Beach! Our area has more than 2,000 restaurants, and our ACF members are dedicated to providing locals and visitors with fine cuisine while enhancing ours and others' culinary knowledge.