Program Advisory Board

Arizona Culinary Institute is required by our accrediting body the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) to have a Program Advisory Committee (PAC). The “PAC” is to be made up of a mix of industry professionals, employers, alumni or educators. The goal of the committee is to make recommendations to ACI in the following areas; facilities, curriculum, educational materials, interns and current industry trends.

Arizona Culinary Institute will then review the recommendations from the PAC and implement any necessary changes needed for its diploma program.

Arizona Culinary Institute 2017 Advisory Board


Chris Nicosia               Executive Chef:  Sassi Restaurant

Occupational Specialist:

Owen Williams           Executive Chef:  Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Additional Members:

Chuck Kazmer                  Executive Chef:  Four Season’s Scottsdale
Sascha Staley                    Human Resources:  Four Season’s Scottsdale
Jeff Weston                       Executive Chef:  Vi at Silverstone
Christophe Mihy              Executive Chef:  El Chorro Lodge
Brian Contreras                Executive Chef:  Hyatt Regency (ACI Alumni)
Andrew Helmandollar    Executive Chef:  Casino Arizona
Rebekah Swift                  Pastry Chef:  The Phoenician Resort & Spa (ACI Alumni)
Frank Ashmore               Area Managing Director:  Omni Resorts & Spas