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ACA Awards Medals to Nearly 60 New Chefs

The Academy of Culinary Arts awarded culinary medals and certificates to nearly 60 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Monday, May 16.

Twenty-eight graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and fourteen completed the Baking and Pastry program. Seventeen short-term specialization certificates in Baking and Pastry, Hot Food, Food Service Management and Catering were also awarded.

The awards ceremony honored the graduates with gold, silver or bronze medals or certificates based on their grade point averages and criteria established by the American Culinary Federation. Specialization graduates received certificates of completion. A reception at Careme’s, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, followed the ceremony.

Reuben Gutierrez of Washington Township, Gloucester County, was named valedictorian and winner of the Nathan Schwartz Award, which is presented to the top student of each graduating class. Joshua Miller of Willingboro received the Culinary Student Association Award for his service as Student Government Association representative for the past two years.

Molecular gastronomy expert Dr. Lynn Hoffman of Philadelphia was the guest speaker. Hoffman joined Atlantic Cape and the ACA this semester as the Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor.