ECPI University Press Releases (September 2006)

Culinary Institute of Virginia’s Proud First Class

Culinary Institute's First Class

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VIDEO: First Day of Class at the Culinary Institute of Virginia
September 6, 2006

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The Area’s Future Chefs Start Classes
September 6 at New Culinary Institute of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. - (Sept. 5, 2006) -The new Culinary Institute of Virginia welcomes 45 students to the first day of school on Sept. 6, when the college officially opens it doors at 2428 Almeda Avenue in Norfolk. Hands-on training is part of the first day’s curriculum.

“We’ve had tremendous response from students wishing to pursue a degree in culinary arts and have a very strong class for the first semester, exceeding our expectations,” says Mark Dreyfus, president of Culinary Institute of Virginia. “This class represents our educational promise to the hospitality industry. There is a significant labor shortage in the field, and we hope to work with area hotels and restaurants to provide highly skilled workers and elevate the level of service and cuisine in the region.”

“We welcome the school with open arms,” says Chuck Sass, vice president of food and beverage for Professional Hospitality Resources and Gold Key Resorts. “We have never seen the shortages of skilled hospitality workers like we are experiencing right now. The tremendous growth of new restaurants in the region has put a strain on the workforce, and we are pleased there are efforts underway to fill this void in the marketplace.”
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