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Name: Period: Date: Restaurant Careers The Burlington County Times (13 Dec 2010) newspaper article, Restaurant Jobs Beckon Culinary School Grads, discusses careers in the restaurant business and educational preparation for those careers. Read the article below and answer these questions. 1. How many total restaurant cook and chef jobs are available in Cape May and Atlantic Counties alone? _____________ 2. If it is estimated that there will be 10% more total restaurant cook and chef jobs in Burlington County than Cape May and Atlantic Counties, how many total restaurant cook and 6. If tuition costs rise 3% this year and 2% next chef jobs are estimated to be available in year, what will be the increased cost of tuition? Burlington County? _____________ _____________ 3. At Atlantic Cape Community College 7. What is the additional cost to achieve an Academy of Culinary Arts, following a stringent Associate Degree, as well? _____________ schedule, how many months will it take to complete the culinary certificate program? 8. If Associate Degree tuition costs also rise 3% _____________ this year and 2% next year, what will be the increased cost of Associate Degree tuition? 4. If it takes you 24 months to complete the _____________ culinary certificate program, what percantage increase is that over the “stringent” schedule? 9. With a Culinary Certificate from an accredited _____________ school, what starting salary might a hard working student be expected to earn? 5. At Atlantic Cape Community College _____________ Academy of Culinary Arts, how much tuition can you expect to pay for the culinary certificate 10. If you accept a position for $30,000 per program? _____________ year, for what percentage of the Question 9 answer will you be working? _____________ Restaurant Jobs Beckon Culinary School Grads By SCOTT CRONICK MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) A young female server Around the dining room, which boasts white linens pours coffee, holding a saucer at the lip of the cup to and polished silverware, patrons feast on house- ensure no splashing. A group of fellow servers lines cured salmon with wasabi cream, risotto with the wall, arms behind their backs in military fashion, shaved fennel, seared scallops in a wild mushroom keeping tabs on their tables. ragout, seared duck breast and other gourmet delicacies. “Hello, sir, is everything to your liking today?” another young host asks a diner. “If there’s anything While this may seem like a four-star, Zagat-rated I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask.” restaurant, it’s actually a cafe at Atlantic Cape Community College: Careme’s. The entire staff, Name: Period: Date: inside the kitchen and on the dining room floor, Classes run the gamut, offering students an array of consists of Academy of the Culinary Arts students courses teaching various styles of cooking, from cold being graded on everything they do, right down to appetizers and gourmet entrees to desserts and ice- replacing every used utensil. carving. Degree programs include specializations in baking and pastry, culinary arts and food service Careme’s is just one aspect of a bustling, impressive management. and difficult culinary program that future chefs and hospitality managers rely on to launch their careers. In addition to the restaurant, the culinary school took over and renovated a large greenhouse at the Although the ACA’s enrollment is just 4.5 percent of college to teach sustainability and to grow organic the school’s approximate 7,500 enrollment, the produce. culinary program is one of the most talked-about and esteemed courses of study at Atlantic Cape. The ACA website says the school receives more job requests than it has students to fill them. McClay And the industry — which offers 3,250 restaurant said jobs range from entry level to sous chef cook jobs and 650 chef and head chef jobs in just positions, meaning that the successful, hard-working Atlantic and Cape May counties — depends on it. students can earn their certificate and walk into a Even in the middle of a recession, employment job that pays about $40,000 plus benefits. opportunities for ACA students are ample and the program continues to grow. Clair O’Hara, 37, recently began studies at ACA seeking a second career. The New York University graduate worked in the broadcast journalism field in Manhattan, but she burned out after long hours and seemingly endless weeks. After the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, she moved out of New York and found herself in a career conundrum. “I worked for a fishing lodge in Alaska and really liked working in hospitality and using local, organic ingredients, and I was trying to figure out how I could combine all of those things, and culinary school kind of came up,” said O’Hara. Twenty-year-old Andrew Huggard, is in his last semester at the ACA. When he entered the academy at 18, he was unsure about his future. When he graduates this winter, he will be more certain. “I always knew I wanted to deal with food, but I had no idea what I wanted to do,” Huggard said. Photo courtesy Atlantic Cape Community College The program boasts eight kitchens, a computer lab, a banquet room, a bake shop and additional classrooms for lectures. Students practice their skills in the kitchen at Careme’s, a restaurant operated by culinary Since it opened in 1981, 2,777 students completed students at Atlantic Cape Community College. culinary training. The program is costly. A student can achieve a culinary certificate in 18 months if he or she sticks to a stringent schedule at a cost of about $21,000. To receive an associate degree, which takes an additional year of schooling, the cost is approximately $2,100 more.
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