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I may not be reading your question correctly but I'll try to help. I can't give you any feedback on LCB.
The ACF is not a "program" per se. Most Culinary schools in the US work with the ACF to be accredited so upon graduation students are certified cooks. You do not have to be in culinary school or in a "program" to join the ACF.
You typically don't get a education from the ACF. They have conventions and local chapters so you may learn plenty from being involved.
However some employers do have programs set up with the ACF. This is turning the hands of time back a bit so I have no idea if this continues but when I worked for Disney they had an apprenticeship program set up with the ACF. IMO this is better than many culinary schools. Why? Well instead of paying to learn you are getting paid and learning in a real world culinary environment.
What you get out of any program is what you put into it. Putting that in perspective I have had CIA grads work for me that wasted a lot of money on school. At the same time if you apply your self and have some natural talent attending a school like the CIA can fast track your career so culinary school can be money well spent.
There are no cut and dry answers. It's up to you to blaze a trail no matter which path you start on.....School or hands on.
You can find plenty of information on the ACF web site. Get involved with a local chapter.
Hope this helps and best of luck !ACF_CM5 | Home