Academy of Culinary Arts Named Top Culinary School in New Jersey

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College recently was ranked the No. 1 culinary school in New Jersey by Best Choice Schools.

The academy’s tuition is half that of comparable private culinary schools and features a 100 percent job-placement rate for graduates.

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.

The academy also offers two one-year certificate programs, Baking and Pastry Certificate I and Culinary Arts Certificate I. These two-semester certificates are designed to provide students with career training for entry-level positions in the baking and pastry or culinary fields. The certificates can also be used as a foundation for completing an associate degree at the Academy of Culinary Arts.

ACA students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the year. Some activities include: Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, Iron Student Chef Competition, American Culinary Federation’s Junior Chefs Competition, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner, Atlantic Cape’s Organic Greenhouse, Strudels Bakeshop, Culinary Student Association, Baking & Pastry Club and food shows.

ACA open houses are planned for 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17; and 9-11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, M Building.

Register online for an open house at

Best Choice Schools is a leading free website for helping college students and career changers make one of life’s most overwhelming decisions by compiling comprehensive resources to narrow down the list of available on-campus and online colleges into those that are the best choice for each student’s unique concerns.

The ACA has been training future chefs by nationally recognized chef educators for 35 years, and is accredited by the American Culinary Federation. For more information about the ACA, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, email, or visit

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