ACA awards medals to new chefs

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing awarded culinary medals and certificates to more than 30 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals on Dec. 19.

Twenty-four graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and nine completed the Baking and Pastry program. Five short-term specialization certificates in Baking and Pastry, Hot Food and Food Service Management were 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.

Arielle Toronto, of Marlton, was named valedictorian and winner of the Nathan Schwartz Award, presented to the top student of each graduating class.

The keynote speaker was Tom Biglan, executive chef at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. Honorees included:

Jaime LaPinta, Absecon: Certificate, Baking and Pastry Specialization

For more information about the Academy of Culinary Arts, call 800-645 CHEF, email, or see Spring classes begin Jan. 21. Seats and a limited number of scholarships are still available. To register, call Valerie Weller at 609-343-4944.