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August 15, 2017

I Quit My Day Job For My Dream Job

By Jennifer Farley, Culinary Alumna and Blogger/Owner of Savory Simple My life’s been a whirlwind since graduating from L’Academie de Cuisine. I’m a full-time recipe developer, food photographer, and blogger. Most of my income is generated by freelancing with online publications including eHow and national food brands like Wisconsin Cheese. I also teach food photography […]

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August 8, 2017

A True Labor of Love

by Ashley Caswell, Pastry Alumna and Head of Specialty Items at Kupcakes and Co. I’ve loved baking since childhood. In 2013, I began training at L’Academie de Cuisine to turn my childhood love into a career. After landing a job staging at Kupcakes and Co. – a local bakery in Elkridge, Maryland – I knew […]

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August 2, 2017

“I Achieved My Lifelong Dream Of Becoming A Chef”

by Debra Abramowitz, Culinary Alumna and Catering Manager & Executive Chef at Signature Caterers  Since graduating from L’Academie de Cuisine seven years ago, I achieved my lifelong dream of becoming a chef. My best and earliest memories of family revolved around the kitchen, cooking alongside my grandmother. Today, my philosophy of cooking to create memories through […]

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July 31, 2017

From The Kitchen: Slow-Cooked Beef Brisket with Spicy Mustard Cabbage Slaw

Originally published at www.bethesdamagazine.com. Impress guests at your next gathering with this brisket and slaw combination from L’Academie’s professional chef instructor, Chef Brian Patterson. Ingredients SLOW-COOKED BEEF BRISKET ¼ cup kosher salt ¼ cup chili powder ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup black pepper 1 5- to 6-pound beef brisket, not trimmed (thick layer of fat attached) […]

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July 25, 2017

8 Tips To Set Yourself Up For Career and Kitchen Success

by Linda Heiss, Culinary Alumna and Owner of Basil, Garlic & Rosemary My classical training from L’Academie de Cuisine allowed me to create a business that fit my lifestyle and my love of teaching. As owner of Basil, Garlic & Rosemary, where I provide in-home cooking classes, I create custom three-course menus for up to […]

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July 18, 2017

From Packaging Engineer To Personal Chef

From Packaging Engineer To Personal Chef By Jay Allen, Culinary Alumnus and Owner/Chef of The Elegant Plate L’Academie de Cuisine is a big part of both me and my business. The techniques and recipes I learned there make me a better chef and teacher today. When a client is watching me cook they often say, […]

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July 11, 2017

How I Turned A Hobby Into A Career

By Danila Bradley, Culinary Alumna “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” – Allen Saunders. Five years ago, I left my job in Brazil as an English/Portuguese teacher and came to the United States as an au pair. The plan was to improve my English before returning to Brazil to […]

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July 5, 2017

Four Ways To Become A Better Pastry Chef

Leslie Hollander, Pastry Alumna + Founder of Sugar Up, Sugar! Being the founder of Sugar Up, Sugar! comes with many career advantages: the freedom and flexibility to accept or reject projects; the ability to scale my production up or down in any given week; and the opportunity to bring joy to people through my art. […]

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June 14, 2017

As French As France Itself

By Anna Barratt, Pastry Alumna On Christmas morning, I arrived in Paris with a gigantic bright-orange suitcase and minimal knowledge of the French language. I was tired and ready for a croissant au beurre despite the seven months ahead of me to eat authentic viennoiserie for breakfast. There was one week for me to enjoy […]

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May 23, 2017

L’Academie Taught Me The Difference Between A Cook And A Chef

By Temple Onuigbo, Culinary Alumni Upon graduating from L’Academie de Cuisine in 2014, I began my career as a banquet cook at Blue Duck Tavern and a line cook at Takoda. Three years later, I am now a sous chef at Del Campo. Earning this coveted position took a lot of work. I worked harder […]

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