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All of the assistants in our recreational cooking classes are members of our Volunteer Assistant Program.

Work alongside other like-minded people who love to cook, assisting at L’Academie de Cuisine is a great way to keep learning new techniques and recipes from our talented chefs, too. Decide how often and which classes you want to assist. For every class that you assist, after your training is completed, you earn one credit. Each credit is worth half-off the price of one of our regularly priced classes. These credits can be used by you, or you can share them with family and friends.

Please direct further questions about the program to Olivia Kim, Administrative Asisstant at okim@lacademie.com.

Who Can Become An Assistant?

To become an assistant at L’Academie de Cuisine, you must be at least 18 years old and have attended at least two recreational classes at L’Academie de Cuisine within the past year.

Application Process

1.  Submit your application online

2.  Email your signed waiver to okim@lacademie.com

3.  Wait to be scheduled for an orientation

Assistant Orientation

Once your online application and signed waiver have been received, our Volunteer Assistant Coordinator will contact you to schedule an orientation. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the program, tour our facility, and begin the training process.

Assistant Training

Your training begins by your selecting three classes that you would like to assist in. As an assistant-in-training, you will work alongside 2-3 experienced assistants, who will help you learn the basic procedures- before, during and after a class. Your chef-instructor will be aware that you are a trainee, and will guide you along as well. When you have successfully completed your training, you are ready to start learning new techniques, new recipes and accumulating your assistant credits with each class that you assist.

Distinguished Careers

Alumni Awards

Finalist, Top Chef, Bravo TV Network:

Carla Hall (Culinary Arts)

Food and Wine's Best New Chefs 2016:

Aaron Silverman (Culinary Arts), Executive Chef, Rose's Luxury, Pineapple and Pearls

Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurant 2015:

Rose's Luxury and Chef Aaron Silverman (Culinary Arts)

James Beard Award Finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef 2016:

Aggie Chin (Pastry Arts), Pastry Chef of The Grill Room, Washington, DC

James Beard Award, Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year 2011:

Angela Pinkerton (Pastry Arts), Eleven Madison Park, New York City

Mid-Atlantic Jeune de Commis Competition, Confrerie Chaine des Rotisseurs:

Seth Brady (Culinary Arts)

Jacqueline Rodier Scholarship Winners:

Sebastian Posada (Culinary Arts), Claudio Foschi (Culinary Arts), and Michael Chretien (Culinary Arts)

Best Special Occasions Restaurant, Bethesda Magazine:

Jeff Heineman (Culinary Arts), Grapeseed Bistro

18th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition:

Julie Jungali (Pastry Arts) - Finalist

StarChefs Culinary Rising Star:

Jacques Van Staden (Culinary Arts) – Executive Chef, Top of the Palms Casino, Las Vegas, NV

StarChefs Culinary Rising Star:

Katsuya Fukushima (Culinary Arts) – Executive Chef, minibar; Café Atlantico, Washington, DC

Pastry Chef of the Year, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington:

Zoe Behrens (Culinary Arts) Executive Pastry Chef, 1789 Restaurant

Best New Chef, Washingtonian Magazine:

Peter Smith (Culinary Arts) of PS7



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