April 2016


Hello ACI family.  I wanted to take a moment to say “thank you”.  I am currently not teaching a class, which has given me plenty of time to catch up on all of my other Executive Chef-type-duties around here.  It’s also given me the time to sit back and watch…to see…to listen…to hear…and I’ve noticed a lot.  I am so proud of the school I work for today.  I love our instructors, I love our program, and I love what we are.  We have some amazing students in this building right now, from all over the place, in all shapes and sizes, different ages and backgrounds, each one unique.

There is so much energy here and a really wonderful vibe.  I don’t think I’ve ever been as proud of who we are as a school as I am right now.  I’ve been working at ACI for 10 years now, which I really can’t believe.  I’ve seen students, and instructors, come and go.  I’ve learned a lot…about cooking, about teaching, about myself.  I’ve met so many amazing people in this building.  I have watched good cooks become great cooks.  I have seen students with enough talent to go out there and achieve more than I ever could.  I guess what I’m trying to say is this:  I’m sitting here on this computer, the office is empty, the building is quiet, and I’m just feeling thankful for all of you.

If you’re reading this you must be connected to ACI in some way, so I’m thankful for you and whatever part you’ve played in the history of this school.  For this month, all I want to say to every Chef that’s ever worked here, and more importantly, to every student that has ever chosen ACI for their culinary education:  thank you.  Have a great month!


Chef Christopher Wolf, ccc, cce, cpi, csw
Arizona Culinary Institute, Executive Chef

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