San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) December 15, 2008
Aspiring tea aficionados will be gathering in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in January to take part in the 13-Week Tea Mastery Certification Course™. The two-part training program, offered by the American Tea Masters Association, includes an initial 5-Day Comprehensive Tea Mastery Course held on-site in Ft. Lauderdale followed by a 12-Week Tea Master TeleCourse involving home study, numerous tea evaluations, and weekly group teleconference calls. The 5-Day Comprehensive Tea Mastery Course runs from January 12th to 16th at the Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North Hotel. The program offers the high level of focus and support needed to gain the competence and confidence to serve as a tea master or tea sommelier at any distinguished restaurant, hotel or tea court in the country, or start one's own successful enterprise. It contains all of the educational requirements an individual needs for achieving the association's prestigious Certified Tea Master™ designation and lapel pin once the training program and final examination are successfully completed.
The association completed its first tea masters training program launched in San Diego, California, this past July. Several renowned tea masters anchored the educational side of the 5-Day Comprehensive Tea Mastery Course, each providing delightful tasting experiences of some of the most exquisite and often rarest loose-leaf teas from around the world. All told, the class prepared, tasted and evaluated over 70 such teas and consumed over 200 tasting cups resulting from multiple steepings.
What did course registrants have to say? "It was an honor to be one of the first in the tea masters program. It was truly an unforgettable awesome tea week. The things that were confirmed, shared and the on-going education in tea is really beyond what I can put into words at this moment. This program is greatly needed in America," stated Cheryl Graf of Scottsdale, AZ.
"The five-day immersive segment of the first American Tea Masters Association program has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The caliber of the faculty was second-to-none; the participants were knowledgeable, helpful and bonded completely. The facility in San Diego was perfect and the hands-on opportunity has been invaluable. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone who chooses to rise above the rest," according to Darlene Fahl-Brittian of El Cajon, CA.
"Chas Kroll has developed a much-needed Certified Tea Master™ program that will raise the bar on tea training here in the USA. The program not only challenged my existing knowledge of tea, but expanded my tea knowledge and shattered some prior incorrect understandings of tea and tea preparation. I look forward to the positive impact the program is going to have on the specialty tea industry here and abroad. Thank you for this program, and I look forward to having tea and sharing ideas and techniques with all of the wonderful tea people I have met here at ATMA," said Alan Laszuk of Encinitas, CA.
The program is designed for and will benefit restaurant, hotel, and tea court managers, chefs, wine sommeliers, tea aficionados, industry suppliers, and others who wish to incorporate tea mastery knowledge and skills into their daily lives or current profession, as well as anyone seriously interested in a career as a tea master.
The 13-Week Tea Mastery Certification Course™ in Ft. Lauderdale is open to a maximum of 24 participants. Tuition for the complete program is $2,475. Additional information is available on the association's web site at http://www.TeaMasters.org or by contacting Chas Kroll, Certified Tea Master and ATMA Executive Director, at (619) 330-9017.
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