Culinary Students Rule the Field at Chef Association Showdown

On April 15, the Tidewater Chefs Association held its Fourth Annual Culinary Showdown, a competition open to culinary students in the Hampton Roads region. Representatives from The Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) led by Chefs Perkins and Delargy won first, second and third place.

The recognition comes from four months of training by CIV’s competition team.  Each Friday, the eight students of the CIV team would meet with their chef instructors to hone their skills with drills and mock competitions to prepare for this year’s event. This preparation helped the CIV teams keep their cool against competitors from two other culinary schools and a panel of 10 judges.

From left to right: Vivian Osmus, Michael Davis, Tyler Henry, Chef Charles Delargy, Carol Robbs, Chef Stephen Perkins, Lafayette Holley, Gwen Webster and Joy Richardson

CIV’s Competition Team consisted of:

First Place
Carol Robbs
Tyler Henry

Second Place
Michael Davis
Vivian Osmus

Third Place
Lafayette Holley
Gwen Webster

Honorable Mention
Joel Shapiro
Joy Richardson

Military Education Day, Saturday, September 10, 2011

ECPI University, including its School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, and its School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, will host a Military Education Day at its five Hampton Roads campus locations on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission to the event is free and open to active-duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans and dependents.

Neil McNulty a former Marine Corps infantry officer and founder of McNulty Management Group, a military career and transition management firm, will speak at the 10 a.m. session at ECPI in Virginia Beach and the 1 p.m. session at ECPI in Newport News. McNulty has over a quarter century experience in military transition, he is a top military career consultant and a best-selling author. As an expert in military transition, he will discuss using education to build upon current or previous military experience to optimize career potential.

“ECPI has served the military for 45 years,” said Bob Larned, Executive Director of Military Education at ECPI University. “We understand the unique needs of the military.” ECPI is a Yellow Ribbon Participating School and its programs are approved for veteran’s benefits and tuition assistance.  ECPI was recognized in 2010 by G.I. Jobs in the top fifteen percent of military friendly schools nationally.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campuses, meet with faculty and staff, see the hands-on learning environment, and explore future career education goals in the technology, business, criminal justice, medical and culinary arenas. Prospective students will learn how they can earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years through ECPI’s convenient year-round online and on-campus schedule.

Military Education Day locations include:

  • ECPI University, 5555 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach
  • Medical Careers Institute, 5501 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach
  • Culinary Institute of Virginia, 2428 Almeda Avenue, Norfolk
  • ECPI University, 1001 Omni Boulevard, Suite 100, Newport News
  • Medical Careers Institute, 1001 Omni Boulevard, Suite 200, Newport News

For Military Education Day details or to RSVP, call 866-499-0336 or visit our Military pages.

Discovery Day, Open House Event on August 13

ECPI University, including its School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, and its School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, will be hosting “Campus Discovery Day,” open houses to be held at all campus locations throughout the Southeast on Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for ECPI and MCI and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for CIV. Admission to these events is free.

Attendees will have the opportunity to see exciting interactive demos, tour the campuses, meet with faculty and staff about the hands-on learning environment, and explore future career education goals in the technology, business, criminal justice, medical and culinary arenas.  Prospective students will learn how they can earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years through ECPI’s convenient year-round schedule.

ECPI’s Online Education campus will also be participating in Campus Discovery Day through live chat, interactive information, and video chat sessions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will enable those interested in pursuing an online degree to interact with the online campus team.

For more information about Campus Discovery Day and to find a location near you please visit ecpi.edu.s157930.gridserver.com.

ECPI, MCI and CIV to Walk for Heart Health

Did you know that for every hour of regular exercise, you can add two hours to your life expectancy? Add those two hours by joining ECPI’s team for the Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association. There are teams in Charleston, Hampton Roads and Richmond. The team is open to students, staff and faculty.

Being a walker is fun and easy. The AHA provides great tools and tips, including the website where you can solicit donations quickly online.

Heart Walk Event Dates:

  • Charleston, 9/17
  • Hampton Roads, 9/24
  • Richmond, 10/22

If you are unable to join the team you can join the cause. Team members are selling:

  • Red American Heart Association bracelets, $1
  • Red supporter hearts, $1
  • Raffle tickets to win an iPod touch, one per market, $1

Do your part to be heart healthy:

  • More of us are overweight. Adult and childhood obesity levels continue to increase; 65% of all adults are obese or overweight
  • It is more difficult today to create an active lifestyle. People are less active due to technology and better mass transportation
  • Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950. Physically active jobs now make up only about 25% of our workforces

For questions about the AHA or TEAM ECPI contact:

  • ECPI Virginia Beach, Jennifer O’Neal at joneal@ecpi.edu
  • MCI, Virginia Beach, Tammy Willcox at twillcox@ecpi.edu
  • ECPI/MCI, Newport News, Paula Adams at padams@ecpi.edu
  • CIV, Norfolk, Deanna Cramblette at dcramblette@chefva.com
  • ECPI/MCI, Charleston, Larisa Hogan at lahogan@ecpi.edu
  • MCI, Moorefield, Maggie Bell at mbell@ecpi.edu
  • MCI, Emerywood, Arica Dickson at adickson@ecpi.edu
  • ECPI, Innsbrook, Stephanie Watson at swatson@ecpi.edu

CIV Student, Shawn Armstrong, Recognized at 22nd Annual National Tourism Week Hospitality Awards

The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitor Bureau hosted the 22nd Annual National Tourism Week Hospitality Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 6 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The annual event recognized the stellar front-line hospitality employees who do their best every day to deliver quality, top-notch customer service to Virginia Beach patrons, both visitors and locals.

Shawn Armstrong, a student at the Culinary Institute of Virginia was nominated by Mahi Mahs’ Executive Chef for the Restaurant – Prep Person Category.

Categories included: Attraction, Hotel, Restaurant, Green Hospitality, Public Service, and Volunteer. The Convention Center received 178 nominations.