Arizona Culinary Institute Adds 2

Arizona Culinary Institute has added 2 Instructors to is Faculty.

Returning is Chef Jennifer Sedig, CEPC

Chef Sedig will be teaching both Basic Baking and Advanced Baking for the PM Students.

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2004 Alumni Chef James West will be teaching the Advanced Cuisine, du Jour Restaurant for the PM class.

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Please stop be the campus and say hello to AC Faculty.

A Note from The Executive Chef January 2017

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Hello ACI family, and welcome to 2017!  We are back in full-swing here on campus and enjoying every second of it!

We want to welcome all of our new day-program students that started on Monday, January 9th, and say how excited we are to start our new night-program students on Monday, January 30th.  I never get tired of seeing enthusiastic new students on campus.

We have several new instructor faces on campus this year as well.  Some of you that went through the program a few years ago may recognize Baking and Pastry instructor Jennifer Sedig has made a return back to ACI!  We are very happy to have her on campus again.  Also, 2004 ACI alumni James West has joined us part-time to teach Du Jour back-of-the-house for dinner service.  And, in late 2016, we started Samantha Evans training in Management and Du Jour front-of-the-house, primarily as a PM instructor.  All three of our new instructors have brought a lot of experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to the school and we are very excited to add them to our team.

Du Jour is open for dinner service again, which is always exciting.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best dinner deal around…especially if you’re a student or alumni and enjoy using your 50% off discount.  As always, we serve on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm.  Calling ahead for reservations is STRONGLY recommended.  Dinner service will be offered through mid-March, so come on over and give our students someone to cook for!

Lastly, I want to announce our next Open House which will be on Saturday, March 4th.  I will be teaching a class on Modernist Cuisine/Molecular Gastronomy techniques.  Liquid Nitrogen, Sous-vide, Spherification, foams, froths, powders, and more will all be covered.  We will begin sign-ups about 1 month in advance, so secure your spot early.  Chef Allison Newton will be teaching our Veteran Bootcamp class, and student volunteers are always appreciated for those events.  Of course, we will have school tours, food, and Chef Instructors in the house as well.  Stop in and say hi!

Thanks for taking the time to read this and catch up on what’s going on at ACI.  See you next month!

Chef Christopher Wolf, CCC, CCE, CSW, CPI

 

A Note From The Executive Chef November, December 2016

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Hello ACI family!  Welcome to the end of another fabulous year!

I want to say congratulations to all of our students that graduated on Friday, December 2nd.  Graduation days are very proud days for us.  There’s such a great feeling in helping people open the door to their career and graduation is that moment when it all comes together.  We appreciate every student that has ever graduated this program, and we are excited to add more names to that long list.  Congratulations everyone!

I know during the holiday season many of you will be working on the major holidays because in this profession it’s hard to get those day off.  I want to salute all of you that make the sacrifice to work doing something you love instead of being at home with family and friends.  I know it can be hard, but if it makes you feel any better:  We’ve all been there, and I can tell you from personal experience that it’s easy to find ways to still celebrate and enjoy the holiday season…you just might have to be a little more creative.  Plus, you never know, keep working hard and you may find yourself in a job that allows you to be off for the holidays – like teaching!

Lastly, I just want to say “thank you” to all of you reading this.  2016 was a year that saw a major chain of culinary schools shut down, and I’m thankful that we are still here.  The only reason we are still here is because enough of YOU choose us for your culinary education.  You allow us to stay in business year after year, so each year we try to make this school even better than it was the year before.  I know it’s easy to say, but we truly do care about each and every one of the students that walk through our doors.  We can’t please everyone all the time, and we aren’t perfect, but we try and we care.  We do our best for you.  We will continue to do our best every year.  I hope that your 2016 ends on a happy note and that your 2017 is your best year yet.  Happy holidays everyone.

Chef Christopher Wolf, ccc, cce, csw, cpi

A Note from ACI’s Executive Chef October 2016

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October 2016,

From The Executive Chef:

Greetings everyone, and happy October! I hope the season is treating you well. This is about the time of year where business in The Valley is ramping-up again, and all the cooks and chefs out there have plenty to keep them busy!

A quick recap of the Glenn Humphrey Memorial Fun-run and the ACI friends and family day: what a wonderful success! I definitely had a blast, and it seemed like everyone there did as well. There were about 50 total participants running or walking, and about another 50 people that showed up for the fun. It made me smile to see spouses, families, kids, dogs, and friends on the ACI campus enjoying themselves, raising money for a good cause, eating, talking, touring the school, and remembering an amazing Chef. The event had such a great feeling of community and family. I’m already excited for next year. I want to say a big “Thank you” to everyone that came out to support us.

I can’t believe how fast 2016 is cruising by…Halloween, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Holiday break are all closing in quickly. We have one more open house this year on Saturday, December 17th. We will be hosting our annual Bake Sale, and we’ll have another Veteran Culinary Bootcamp as well. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the Bootcamp or the Bake Sale, contact the school for details. The proceeds from our Bake Sale go to support the No Kid Hungry Foundation, so we hope you’ll stop by the stock up on goodies for the holidays AND support a good cause at the same time!

To wrap up I just want to say that I feel like I am seeing a lot of our graduates doing great things out there. I am seeing people all over the place, doing all sorts of neat things both professionally and personally. Also, don’t feel bashful about calling the school and keeping us up to date with what you’ve been up to…we love to hear about you and your accomplishments! Even though I don’t get to teach every student that comes through ACI, I still feel proud to see our students out there succeeding in any aspect of life. Keep it up everybody. We are proud of you.

Chef Christopher Wolf, CCC, CCE, CSW, CPI
Executive Chef, Arizona Culinary Institute

 

A Note from ACI’s Executive Chef

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Happy Fall everybody! We have survived another summer! It is so nice to finally feel the kitchens cooling down a little bit, and now we get to enjoy 8 months of amazing weather.

The biggest thing on my mind right now is Saturday, October 15th. What’s happening that day you ask? Well, it’s our 2nd Annual Glenn Humphrey Memorial 5k Fun-run/walk. If you are a Chef, cook, or culinary student in Arizona, there is a good chance you know who Chef Humphrey was. Chef was so important to so many cooks around the Valley, and he was a huge part of Arizona Culinary Institute. Since Glenn passed away we have done a lot around the campus to try to honor his memory. One of the things we created last year was a scholarship in his name to help ACI students in financial need. Since Glenn helped so many of us in our careers, we felt a great way to honor him would be to create a scholarship so that he could still continue to help our students. The primary way that we decided to raise money for this scholarship was to host a fundraiser 5k at the school each October. There is no fee to enter, but we would gladly accept a $20 donation toward the scholarship to participate in the 5k. ALL donations will go directly to the scholarship fund.

This year we will have 3 options for the event: an “elite” wave for running enthusiasts, an “intermediate” wave for more casual runners, and a 2-mile walk for people that want to walk, push strollers, or bring their dogs. All waves will start and finish in the same spot. At the event we will have free food for all participants, and guests! Registration is from 7am until 7:45, and the first wave begins at 8am.

In conjunction with this event we are having our first ever ACI friends and family day. We are opening the campus to current students, alumni, prospective students, and employees to bring friends and family to the campus to show off our school. No catch. No fees. No gimmicks. We just want to host a great day with a positive vibe and bring people together. The event begins at 8am with the 5k and will wrap up around noon. We will have breakfast burritos available the first few hours, then hot dogs and burgers closer to lunch time…and the food is free! Come see us. Bring people. Celebrate the school. There will also be popcorn, cotton candy, a bounce house, and a bunch of great people. Please come show your support of the school, even if you don’t want to participate in the 5k.

That’s it folks! I hope to see you at the school on the 15th. Are any of you up to the challenge of beating me in the 5k? Wouldn’t it be nice to wipe that smug little grin off my face? Bring it on!

Chef Christopher Wolf, ccc, cce, cpi, csw.

Here is the link to register:

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