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ACA Receives American Culinary Federation Accreditation Renewal

August 31, 2011

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College received renewal programmatic accreditation from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission in July. 

ACF accreditation assures the Academy’s programs in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry meet the standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services.

"Renewal of our American Culinary Federation accreditation confirms our efforts in providing an excellent education to our students. It provides national recognition of our program and allows our graduates to apply for certification as culinarians," said Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the ACA.

To receive accreditation, the Academy submitted a self-study and participated in an on-site evaluation of the school in April by a three-person team. The Accrediting Commission reviewed the team report, along with the institution’s self-study, and renewed accreditation to the ACA through June 30, 2014.

 “The Accrediting Commission evaluates faculty, curriculum, facilities, student services and administrative capability to ensure that the programs promote successful student outcomes,” said Rob Hudson, CEC, CCE, AAC, ACFEF Accrediting Commission chair.

The American Culinary Federation Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. With more than 21,500 members spanning 230 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and accreditation.

In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions. For more information, visit

The Academy of Culinary Arts has been training future chefs for 30 years. The ACA offers associate degree and short-term training programs. For more information, call (800) 645-CHEF, or visit