Academy of Culinary Arts Earns Renewal of Nationally Recognized Accreditation

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College received “exemplary” programmatic accreditation from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission in July.

Accreditation by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services. The Academy of Culinary Arts is one of only two programs accredited by the commission in New Jersey.

Exemplary Programs symbolize the highest educational standards recognized by the ACFEFAC. The award is presented to programs that have proven full compliance with all accreditation requirements in the last visiting team report along with excellent management of the program.

“Renewal of our American Culinary Federation accreditation confirms our efforts in providing an excellent education to our students. It provides national recognition of our program and allows our graduates to apply for certification as culinarians or pastry cooks,” said Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the ACA.

The ACA earned reacreditation from the ACFEFAC this summer, recognizing the superior quality of the Academy's programs.

The ACA earned reaccreditation from the ACFEFAC this summer, recognizing the superior quality of the Academy’s programs.

To receive accreditation, the Academy submitted a self-study and participated in an on-site evaluation of the school in May by a three-person team. The Accrediting Commission reviewed the team report, along with the institution’s self-study, and renewed accreditation to the ACA through June 30, 2021.

The Academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering. Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 25.

Those interested in starting their education at the ACA should contact Valerie Weller at (609) 343-4944 or to schedule a registration appointment.

The American Culinary Federation Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. With more than 21,500 members spanning 230 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeships and accreditation.

The Academy of Culinary Arts has been educating future chefs for more than 30 years. For more information, call (800) 645-CHEF or visit

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