Fourteen students completed The Academy of Culinary Arts four-month noncredit training programs that began this past September in the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. An awards ceremony recognizing the students’ achievement was held at the campus, Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The program began with Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts, welcoming guests, followed by Donna Vassallo, dean of career education at Atlantic Cape, talking about the many opportunities available to the graduates through the ACA and the college’s Continuing Education Division. Tracy Nuzzo, valedictorian of the Baking and Pastry Program, delivered the culinarian’s code. Certificates were presented to students by Baking and Pastry Program adjunct instructor Sheila Tavarez and Culinary Training Program adjunct instructor Steven Cozzi.
Valedictorian of the Culinary Training Program, Shannon Hanselman of Somers Point, spoke about the incredible talent of the entire group of graduates.
Valedictorian of the Baking and Pastry Training Program, Nuzzo of Egg Harbor Township, began her speech by recognizing her daughter, 2015 ACA graduate Lucianna Nuzzo, who inspired her to begin her own journey in the short-term training program, after being laid off as an interior decorator. She spoke highly of her fellow classmates and instructor, and looked forward to pursuing additional training in the field.
Students who completed the Culinary Training Program are Jenny Allen, Galloway; Alejandra Belfoure, Ventnor; Daron Brown, Atlantic City; Tania Guerrero, Egg Harbor Township; Shannon Hanselman, Somers Point; Dennis Hilliard, Atlantic City; Bradley Kenney, Atlantic City; Elliot Krass, Philadelphia; Dana Michael Pleasant, Atlantic City; Jacqueline Regan, Galloway; and Jonathan Rivera, Egg Harbor Township. Students who completed the Baking and Training Program are Lianette Gonzalez, Absecon; Tracy Nuzzo, Egg Harbor Township; and Daniel Pirillo, Atlantic City.
The programs teach the skills to begin a career as a cook, pastry cook or baker.
The Baking and Pastry Training Program and Culinary Training Program begin again March 7, at the Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Both programs end mid-June, just in time for summer employment. Cost for each program is $5,000. For information, contact Judy DeSalvo at (609) 343-5624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The comprehensive training the programs offer students was exemplified last week, when Belfoure, Krass, Hanselman and Pleasant won first place in the Pre Chef Grand Prix Cooking Competition. Samples from their winning menu will be featured at “A Taste of Atlantic City Restaurant Week” preview event, Feb. 25, at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.