L’Academie de Cuisine Selected as Recipient of The Gazette of Politics and Business Fourth Annual Exceptional 53 Business Awards

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L’Academie de Cuisine, one of the "Top Ten" culinary schools in the United States, announced that it was selected by The Gazette of Politics and Business as one of the 53 most exceptional businesses and organizations in the State of Maryland. The P&B Exceptional 53 Award program, produced by The Gazette P&B, acknowledges the top 53 businesses and organizations in Maryland based on criteria that included the recipient company’s annual revenue and employee growth as well as noteworthy product or service innovations, community service efforts, how they have steered their way through the economic downturn, and how the companies portrayed themselves as “good places to work.”

Francois Dionot

We are working with young people who approach both education and the working world with more resources than we had

The Gazette of Politics and Business released its list of the 53 top businesses and organizations in the State of Maryland. The program, produced by The Gazette P&B, acknowledges the top 53 businesses and organizations in Maryland based on criteria that includes the recipient company’s annual revenue and employee growth as well as noteworthy product or service innovations, community service efforts, how they have steered their way through the economic downturn, and how the companies portray themselves as “good places to work.”

The fourth annual awards ceremony, was held Wednesday October 19, 2011 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Bethesda. It attracted a large crowd of appreciative attendees eager to celebrate the accomplishments of the top 53 companies. The awards ceremony, sponsored by RMR & Associates, CPR Multimedia Solutions and Rockville Printing & Graphics, preceded a lavish dinner and networking activities at the hotel.

“To make the 53 list is a great accomplishment,” said Cliff Chiet, publisher of The Gazette P&B. “This year’s list features companies from the State of Maryland that have had success in a wide variety of fields, and each company deserved recognition of their accomplishments.” L'Academie de Cuisine will be profiled in a special section as part of the Friday October 21, 2011 edition of The Gazette of Politics and Business.

L'Academie de Cuisine was recognized for the exceptional growth of its professional culinary and pastry arts programs during the last three years as well as its community service programs including Food & Friends, Chefs Move to Schools, and DC Central Kitchen. Francois Dionot, President of L'Academie de Cuisine was extremely pleased to have been named to the list of Exceptional Maryland companies at the event. He said “companies such as L'Academie must keep up with the changes in both the culinary industry as well as the educational world. We are working with young people who approach both education and the working world with more resources than we had and must guide them to use those resources to navigate the basics of culinary education and the competitive work force.”

Since 1976, L’Academie de Cuisine has offered programs designed for students who want a formal education in order to pursue a career in the field of culinary and pastry arts. Since 2005, L’Academie has been named one of the “Top Ten” Culinary Schools in the United States and graduates approximately 160 students each year. The Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts Programs (daytime and evening) provide a course of study in the theories and techniques of classic French cuisine with an emphasis on fine food planning, preparation, and presentation.    L’Academie de Cuisine offers small class sizes so students receive personal attention and expert instruction under the direction of European and American trained chefs. The program includes a paid externship program for students to work in fine-dining restaurants, hotels and bakeries. An application is available on LAC’s website. Visit http://www.lacademie.com for an application or contact LAC’s Admissions Department for more details at (800) 664-CHEF (2433), x201 or admissions(at)lacademie(dot)com

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