Student Branches



One of the major objectives of CAFP is to assist young people seeking careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry.

We do this in many ways including sponsoring “Student Branches” at colleges and universities offering courses in foodservice and hospitality management.
CAFP gives out annually, thousands of dollars in bursaries and scholarships to aid these young managers of tomorrow. Individual recognition is given at each Student Branch through our prestigious “Gold Plate” Award, sponsored by ARAMARK. Winners of the Branch Gold Plate Awards then compete for the Canada Gold Plate Award which is presented at the annual CAFP National Conference held in May.

CAFP Professional members also act as counsellors, speakers, and as a source of guidance for the students. The students conduct monthly meetings, plan educational events, fundraise and attend meetings and educational events/tours with the Professional Branches. CAFP also sponsors career days for the students and, wherever possible, assists in employment opportunities, whether summer work or after graduation.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in starting a CAFP Student Branch at your college or university, please contact
VP of Student Development


CAFP has Student Branches at the following

About Us

Originally founded over 110 years ago, CAFP has withstood the test of time by maintaining its relevance in a continually changing business environment. By listening to our members, tracking their needs, and those of the foodservice and hospitality industry, we have adapted our programs to meet these evolving requirements. CAFP is one of the originators of change management.

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Thomas Holzschuher, RD, CFE

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