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                                 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,
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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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