The Chef Community Site provides access to great Chef resources, including cookbooks and knife plug-ins.
The strength of the Chef community comes from all of the people in it, their wide range of backgrounds, and the unique contributions everyone makes. To that end, as you are working with other members of the Chef community, please keep in mind the community guidelines, which apply equally to founders, mentors, those who submit new features and pull requests, and to anyone who is seeking help and guidance.
A cookbook is the fundamental unit of configuration and policy distribution in Chef. Each cookbook defines a scenario, such as everything needed to install and configure MySQL, and then it contains all of the components that are required to support that scenario. Chef maintains a collection of cookbooks that are important to Chef and are widely used by the Chef community.
Food Fight is a bi-weekly podcast for the Chef community. We bring together the smartest people in the Chef community and the broader DevOps world to discuss the thorniest issues in system administration.
Joining the Chef and/or Chef-Dev Mailing Lists can be an excellent way to ask questions, and to interact and participate in discussion on Chef use, gain tips and information on use of Chef, as well as to provide input to product futures.
The best way to get help immediately is by joining the #chef channel on irc.freenode.net. Several folks from Chef are there regularly (easily distinguished by 'operator' status), as well as lots of people in the community who have probably run into your issue or something similar themselves. Being a Chef user is being part of a vibrant Open Source community!
The following IRC logs are maintained as well: