And so I ask you intelligent and experienced beings, where can I find more information about being (and becoming) and Research Chef? *I already checked their website, and it holds very little information for nonmembers.*
Have you been to www.culinology.com? Have you youtubed "culinology" or "research" chef? Are you a member of the Research Chef's Association *RCA*?
That would be a good place to start. As a member of RCA I get access to their member directory which gets me in contact with more experienced and local culinologists/research chefs. A majority (not all) are really nice and are willing to speak to you about their professions and answer any questions you have. If you're a student, it's relatively cheap to join and if you're a professional, some employers will pay as a continuing education fee.
The RCA conferences are AMAZING if you get a chance go to one. The 2012 RCA conference is in San Antonio,TX.