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Chef Susanna Foo to Speak at ACA Graduation May 13

May 3, 2005

Chef Susanna Foo, who is credited with fusing French and Chinese cuisine, will be the guest speaker at the Academy of Culinary Arts’ awards ceremony Friday, May 13, at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.

She will share her extensive experience as matriarch of her namesake restaurant in Philadelphia and new restaurant Suilan at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, with the graduating students.

Foo was born in Inner Mongolia, China, and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, where she educated herself on the spices, grains and produce of the region. She came to the United States in 1967 to pursue a master’s degree in library science. However, in 1979, Foo and her husband moved to Philadelphia to join his family’s restaurant business. In 1987, they opened their own restaurant in Philadelphia, Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisines, and Foo has since earned a reputation for reinterpreting Chinese classical dishes with French techniques.

The ceremony will honor more than 60 graduates with gold, silver or bronze medals or certificates based on their grade point averages and criteria established by the ACF. Approximately 20 students who completed the short-term Baking/Pastry or Hot Food specialization programs will also receive certificates. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at Careme’s, the student-run gourmet restaurant.

The ACA, New Jersey’s largest cooking school, opened in 1981 on ACCC’s Mays Landing campus to meet the growing needs of the hospitality industry. 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.

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