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ACA Chef Honored at National Conference for Innovative Classroom Techniques

July 29, 2013

Annmarie Chelius of Ocean City, a chef educator at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts, was recognized for her innovative teaching approaches at the 9th Annual Leadership Conference of the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education in Miami, in June.

“Challenging myself to stay current and engaging student interest are my top priorities,” Chelius said.

Chelius, “The Queen of Lean,” uses the social media site YouTube to share her educational culinary rap videos with her students to help them learn pastry techniques and ingredients usage. The videos have been effective in connecting with millennial and non-traditional student populations. Some of her original songs are “Eat Some Salad,” “Bisque…a salute to Georges Perrier,” and most recently, “The Delectable Vegetable.”

“My ‘sprouts’ are students who assist me during the demonstrations, and they also provide me with hip selections of music they think I should use with my songs,” Chelius said. 

ACA students in Chelius’ baking and pastry classes are tasked with creating their own instructional videos. Students are graded on information delivery, creativity, eye contact and voice clarity.

“The students have responded in a positive manner to these classroom techniques, and we have a lot of fun! Most recently, I’ve held auditions for ‘sprout’ positions, and I was surprised to see how much it meant to them to be chosen,” Chelius said.

Since 2010, Chelius has been actively involved in the Chefs Move to Schools initiative under First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! wellness program. In an effort to promote nutrition, Chelius “adopted” the Ocean City Intermediate School, where she teaches students how to prepare simple, healthy and delicious meals via live, in-classroom cooking demonstrations.

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, or to register, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, email or visit Classes begin Aug. 26.

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