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Vocational Students Taste Success at Academy of Culinary Arts Career Day

October 17, 2005

Nearly 200 students and educators from vocational-technical schools across New Jersey participated in hands-on culinary workshops and feasted at a gourmet lunch buffet at the Academy of Culinary Arts Oct. 14.

The Academy, located at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Mays Landing main campus, hosted the event in an effort to expose high school students already in a culinary program to advanced training. The program began with a welcome address by Klaus Muller, dean of the Academy, and a tour of the school. Students then divided into seven hands-on workshops ranging from baking and pastry to Italian cuisine led by the Academy’s award-winning faculty.

The event ended with a lunch buffet prepared by ACA culinary students and chef educators and door prizes donated by Just Knives in Williamstown and Wiley Publishing.

Culinary Career Day participants came from: Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Burlington County Institute of Technology, Cape May County Technical Institute, Camden County Technical School; Cumberland County Technical School, Essex County Technical School, Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Hunterdon County Polytech, Mercer County Technical School, Passaic County Technical Institute, Pemberton Township High School, and Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School.

The ACA, New Jersey’s largest cooking school, opened in 1981 on ACCC’s Mays Landing campus. Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in a morning or afternoon session from January through May and September through December. Part-time and evening classes are also available. As part of their training, students operate Careme’s, a gourmet restaurant on the college’s campus.

For more information on the Academy of Culinary Arts, call 1-800-645 CHEF, e-mail, or visit the ACA online at