Culi­nary Arts In­sti­tute hon­ors grad­u­ates.

First stu­dents en­rolled at new Lans­dale fa­cil­ity grad­u­ate

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The Culi­nary Arts In­sti­tute (CAI) of Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege re­cently hon­ored the first grad­u­ates of the Culi­nary pro­gram since the Col­lege opened its new 15,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity in Lans­dale in 2013.

The grad­u­ates in­clude: Jes­sica Apel­dorn, Ardsley; Paul Becker, Abing­ton; Liz Bevington, Hat­field; Mal­lory Dur­rick, North Wales; Marla Feder, Ea­gleville; Han­nah Irvin, Pottstown; Tonya Moye, Har­leysville; Linda Ritz-Cioci, Hat­boro; Jackie Wil­liams, Har­leysville; Traci Ann Zam­metti, Pottstown; and Laura Dougherty, Glen­side .

“I am proud of you, your hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to achieve your goals,” CAI Di­rec­tor Chef Francine Marz said, as she took a few mo­ments to share words of con­grat­u­la­tions and ad­vice. “Con­tinue to fol­low your pas­sion, net­work with other pro­fes­sion­als and look for op­por­tu­ni­ties. Re­mem­ber what you learned here and use those skills to learn more.”

The grad­u­ates re­ceived their de­grees and cer­tifi­cates dur­ing MCCC’s 48th Com­mence­ment cer­e­mony on May 21 at Cen­tral Cam­pus in Blue Bell. Sev­eral grad­u­ates have al­ready started the next part of their jour­neys.

For 19-year-old Han­nah Irvin, her as­so­ciate’s de­gree in Bak­ing and Pas­try Arts takes her to San­dusky, Ohio, where she is work­ing on the cater­ing team at the top- rated Cedar Point Amuse­ment Park.

“I ab­so­lutely loved the Culi­nary Arts In­sti­tute,” she said. “Ev­ery­one was so close and friendly. Now, I am leav­ing with a de­gree, great friends and won­der­ful men­tors.”

Liz Bevington, 22, also de­scribed the CAI chefs as her men­tors. “They taught me that it’s not just about cook­ing, but about your at­ti­tude and pas­sion,” said Bevington, who is work­ing full­time at El Po­quito, a Mex­i­can res­tau­rant in Ch­est­nut Hill.

Marla Feder, who earned cer­tifi­cates in Culi­nary and Bak­ing & Pas­try, plans to teach culi­nary classes. “The best de­ci­sion I ever made was to come to CAI—I am liv­ing my dream,” she said.

Sim­i­larly, Traci A nn Zam­metti is fol­low­ing her dream by start­ing her own busi­ness as a per­sonal chef, “Food by TAZ.” She cre­ated her own web­site, http:// w w w.food­by­taz, and is grow­ing her cus­tomer base.

“We are proud of all of our stu­dents and their ac­com­plish­ments, but we wanted to rec­og­nize this first group, many of whom par­tic­i­pated in our grand open­ing, fol­lowed by the open­ing of our stu­dent-op­er­ated re­tail bak­ery, Forty Foot Café, and our res­tau­rant, Bistro 1400, as well as nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and events,” Chef Marz said. “Some of the grad­u­ates, like Marla, par­tic­i­pated in our first an­nual Iron Chef Com­pe­ti­tion. It’s been an ex­cit­ing time and we’re look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing our new stu- dents this fall.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Culi­nary Arts In­sti­tute of Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege, visit http://www.mc3. edu/culi­nary or call 267646-5970.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Culi­nary Arts In­sti­tute of Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege re­cently hon­ored its first group of grad­u­ates since it opened in 2013. Back row, from left: Chef Tom Kreag, Tonya Moye, Marla Feder, Mal­lory Dur­rick, Liz Bevington, Chef Stephen La­tona and Paul Becker. Front row, from left, Culi­nary Re­source Spe­cial­ist Ch­eryl Ann Niedzwiecki, Linda Ritz-Cioci, Han­nah Irvin, Traci Zam­metti, and CAI Di­rec­tor Chef Francine Marz.

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