Culinary Business Academy Approved by Department of Defense for Tuition Payment through Program for Military Spouses

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CBA Personal Chef Business Education and Training Now Qualifies through My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Program

Culinary Business Academy (CBA), the only educational institution dedicated exclusively to the science of successful business in culinary endeavors, announced today that it has received approval as an educational source by the Department of Defense (DoD). Through a program titled My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA), the spouse of an active duty service member may now qualify to have 100% of his or her personal chef training tuition at the Culinary Business Academy paid for by the DoD. MyCAA offers military spouses opportunities to pursue portable careers in high-demand, high-growth occupations such as education and health care.

“Over the years, the Culinary Business Academy has assisted many members of our armed forces by giving them the tools and training to start a sideline business, begin a new career after they leave the military or help military spouses create a mobile career,” said Gail Kenagy, CEO of Culinary Business Academy. “We are thrilled to now be part of the MyCAA program. A personal chef business is the perfect option for military spouses with culinary passions who need extra income and a flexible business that can easily move with them.”

The Culinary Business Academy provides training on all aspects of creating and running a successful personal chef business, including: business administration, client presentation, marketing, pricing, operations, packaging, sanitation, safety, recipes, menu planning and more. The CBA is the only provider of personal chef business education to be licensed by a private post-secondary commission on higher education and the only organization to have an authorized testing series and a personal chef diploma, both required to obtain the federally registered certified personal chef® (CPC®) designation.

Chef Deb Cantrell, a Culinary Business Academy alumni, military spouse and mother of 2, knows first-hand about needing a career that blends her passion for healthy, delicious food with her need for a flexible and mobile career. She is a certified personal chef (CPC) through the United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA), started her first personal chef business in 2003 in Forth Worth, Texas and was named Marketer of the Year by the USPCA in 2007. When her husband, who serves in the U.S. Army, was transferred to the Austin, Texas area several years ago, Chef Deb was able to take her career with her. She is now the owner of the Austin-based Savor Personal Chef Service and serves as the lead instructor for the Culinary Business Academy training programs in Austin.

“As so many military families know, it’s not easy starting over,” said Chef Deb Cantrell. “But with the tools, training and support from the Culinary Business Academy, it wasn’t long before I had a successful personal chef business in my new city and was busy cooking for a full client list again.”

Those interested in seeking tuition payment assistance through the DoD’s MyCAA program should visit to create an account or login to an existing account. Current MyCAA details, including rank and lifetime benefit restrictions, should be reviewed by each applicant. After reviewing MyCAA requirements, applicants should go to to determine which personal chef training program is best for them and approved for funding through the program. Currently, the CBA Home Study, Quick Start and Undergraduate Personal Chef training programs are approved for tuition funding.

Applicants should submit their program request through the MyCAA website and then contact the Culinary Business Academy to advise the CBA of the pending program submission. For more details and instructions, please visit or call the Culinary Business Academy at 800-747-2433.

About Culinary Business Academy
The Culinary Business Academy is the only educational institution dedicated exclusively to the science of successful business in culinary endeavors. The CBA courses and materials provide real world knowledge and time-tested methods of success, developed and taught by successful culinary professionals. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Culinary Business Academy also offers programs and courses in Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Denver, Colorado; Tucson, Arizona and Oakland, California. For more information, please visit or

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Kelly Kirkendoll
Thrive PR for Culinary Business Academy

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