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Academy of Culinary Arts Dean Klaus Muller Retiring

A fixture at the Academy of Culinary Arts since its founding 25 years ago, Chef Klaus Muller, dean, will say goodbye to the school on Oct. 31. Muller officially retires on Feb. 1.

“It’s time to go. I have 55 years of professional experience. I’ve always had a job and have never been unemployed,” Muller said.

Chef Klaus Muller

Chef Klaus Muller

Muller joined the ACA on Jan. 25, 1982, bringing vast culinary experience from Germany, Switzerland, England and Bermuda. Muller ascended in leadership roles including chef supervisor, assistant director, director and finally dean in September 1999.

Muller is most proud of the nearly 2,500 students who have completed the program and found success in the industry. “All of them have done well and speak highly of the program,” he said.

He won numerous gold and silver medals and special awards in food competitions, including gold in the New York and New Jersey Seafood Challenge and, representing New Jersey, silver in the American Seafood Challenge in 1978. Muller has ushered the ACA through many changes in its 25-year history, including the addition of two-year degree programs in Food Service Management and Baking and Pastry.

A resolution passed at the September Board of Trustees meeting praised Muller for his “outstanding professionalism and dedication to provide the very best instruction to Academy students.”

Muller plans to spend his first day off playing tennis if the weather cooperates. Then he’ll spend time with his wife, Stephanie, and his two grandchildren.

Effective Nov. 1, Chef Kelly McClay will serve as Acting Dean of the ACA.