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ACA’s Chef Annmarie Chelius Wins 2012 AtlantiCare Spirit of Women Award

May 31, 2012

Annmarie Chelius of Ocean City, a chef educator at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts, was recognized as the 2012 AtlantiCare Mary Ann Coyle Community Hero award recipient. Chelius was honored May 15 during an awards dinner at the Smithville Inn in the Historic Towne of Smithville

Chelius has been teaching Baking and Pastry classes at the ACA for the last 17 years. In 2010, Chelius adopted the Ocean City Intermediate School as part of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative under First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! wellness campaign. In an effort to promote nutrition, Chelius teaches students how to prepare simple, healthy and delicious meals via live classroom cooking demonstrations.

“I hope my enthusiasm to share and teach what gifts I have been given will benefit the health and well-being of others,” Chelius said.

The award, formerly the Community Hero in Action award, is presented to a woman who exemplifies extensive community involvement.

Chelius will join regional winners from across the country as a nominee for the National Spirit of Women Awards Program. She is in the running to win an invitation to the Spirit of Women National Awards Celebration Breakfast in Boca Raton, Fla., in July.

The ACA, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, has been training future chefs and food service professionals for more than 30 years. For additional information about the Academy, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, e-mail or visit