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ACA's Bruce Johns Named Educator of the Year

February 20, 2008

Chef Bruce Johns, director of culinary operations at the Academy of Culinary Arts and a graduate, was named Educator of the Year by the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey, a chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Johns, of Marmora, was honored at the organization's 35th

Annual President's Scholarship Dinner Dance Ball Feb. 10 at Bally's Atlantic City.

The award is presented to an educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef. The recipient should also demonstrate the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.

After beginning his culinary career at Resorts International in 1983, Johns enrolled in the Academy of Culinary Arts to earn his degree. He went on to work in various South Jersey restaurants before becoming owner/chef of Our Place Too. He joined the Academy as a chef educator in 1994, and was later named chef supervisor. In October 2007, he was promoted to director of culinary operations. He is pursuing his bachelor's degree in hospitality management at Rutgers University. He is a certified executive chef and certified chef educator through the ACF.

The Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey promotes the culinary profession and provides ongoing educational training and networking for members. It provides opportunities for competition, professional recognition and access to educational forums with other culinarians at local, regional, national and international events for its 140 junior, student and associate members.

The ACA has been training future chefs and food service professionals since 1981. For more information on the Academy, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, e-mail, or visit