At its monthly meeting yesterday, the Louisiana Board of Regents approved the continuation of the Delgado Community College Culinary Center for Workforce Excellence through December 1, 2016.
Designated as “Exemplary” by the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation, Delgado’s Culinary Arts department is the primary provider of culinary graduates employed in the food service industry in the Greater New Orleans area. One hundred percent of the current culinary arts apprenticeship students are employed by local industry in their field. Upon graduation with their Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts, these students will have over 4,000 hours of relevant work experience as well as several industry-based certifications.
“We are extremely pleased and grateful that our Culinary Center for Workforce Excellence was approved for renewal by the Board of Regents. This will greatly assist Delgado in meeting its mission to provide highly skilled, trained professionals in the culinary industry. We look forward to moving forward with this great initiative to continue meeting the needs of business and industry and the community,” said Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis.
Since being designated as a Center for Workforce Excellence in 2014, the Delgado Culinary Arts department has strengthened relationships with regional business leaders and restaurateurs to develop and enhance the programs of study in Culinary and Hospitality in the Greater New Orleans Region.
The faculty of the Culinary Arts program are certified by the American Culinary Federation at the Executive Chef level and have received Approved Certification Evaluator status from the American Culinary Federation. Chef Joseph St Paul CEC was selected as one of New Orleans Best Chefs by the New Orleans chapter of the American Culinary Federation and was honored at the New Orleans Best Chefs Celebration.
The purpose of the Delgado Culinary Center for Workforce Excellence is to provide educational programs and facilities supporting the growth of a quality, skilled professional workforce for the current and future needs of the culinary, hospitality, and tourism industry of Louisiana.