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ACA's Vincent Tedeschi Named Educator of the Year; Students Receive Scholarships

February 16, 2009

Chef Educator Vincent Tedeschi at the Academy of Culinary Arts was named Educator of the Year by the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey, a chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Tedeschi of Northfield was honored at the organization's 36th Annual President's Scholarship Ball Feb. 8 at the Tropicana Hotel Casino.

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.

Tedeschi is a Certified Culinary Educator and Certified Chef de Cuisine. He has an associate degree in Culinary Arts from Atlantic Cape Community College and has been teaching at the Academy since 1999. His professional experience includes working as sous chef at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, sauté chef at Cousins' Country House in Egg Harbor Township, and as chef/owner of his catering business "Fiddler's Well Catering" since 1998. He also served as personal chef for Cher and her entourage for one week while she was performing at Caesars Hotel Casino in Atlantic City and staying at a private residence. Tedeschi coached the ACA's gold-medal winning New York Food show teams in 2000, 2001 and 2008.

The chefs association also awarded scholarships to three Academy students: Kathleen Meiklejohn of Galloway, Catharine Ball of Ocean City and Kathryn Laspino of Ocean City.

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, located at ACCC's Mays Landing Campus, 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