The recipients of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Awards of Excellence were announced on Saturday, April 24 during the 26th annual conference of the IACP in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center.The award for outstanding Vocational Cooking School was given to The New England Culinary Institute (NECI), located in Montpelier, Vermont, an IACP-member cooking school that provides a superior educational experience for students pursuing a career in the culinary industry. NECI offers an AOS in Culinary Arts, AOS in Food and Beverage Management, AOS in Baking and Pastry, BA in Food and Beverage Management and Certificate Programs in both Baking and Pastry and Basic Cooking.New England Culinary Institute has been training future chefs and food and beverage professionals since 1980. The award was given in recognition of the outstanding education the schools provides, including one of the smallest student to teacher ratios in the industry. In addition, students learn their skills in eleven food service operations, including bakeries, popular priced restaurants, fine dining restaurants cafeteria and catering. Students spend 75% of their time working with chefs to produce meals for paying customers.The NECI educational model is ‘standards based” which means students are not graded on their culinary skills or knowledge, but rather they have to meet or exceed a standard of competency in each and every skill. This ensures that they leave for their internship with a strong culinary competence and understanding.Alton Brown, ’97 graduate of NECI and creator of Good Eats on the Food Network, says, “ With an education from NECI, you have the benefits of both the ‘real world’ education and NECI’s strong reputation in the industry. You are prepared to follow your dreams.”Founded in 1978, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) has approximately 4,000 members worldwide, representing a “who’s who” in the world of food and include cooking teachers and cooking school owners; caterers, chefs and restaurateurs; food writers and cookbook authors; editors and publishers of the world’s consumer and trade press; food stylists and photographers; vintners; television personalities; recipe developers and many others with a special interest in the culinary arts. This unique, diverse membership sets trends, shapes opinion and influences buying habits of millions of consumers.
“The 29-year-old will be out for approximately three weeks.” Blues manager Jose Mourinho had expressed his hope after the 4-0 win in Romania that Torres would be fit for the Premier League contest with Cardiff on October 19. Just a few hours after learning he would face no further Football Association disciplinary action following his altercation with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, the Spain international hobbled off after 11 minutes of action at the National Arena. And Mourinho had on Tuesday night been able to confirm Torres would not be available to link up with Spain for World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia following Sunday’s match at Norwich, for which he was suspended irrespective of injury following his dismissal at White Hart Lane. “It’s something in his knee, his ligament, and we have to wait for the scan,” Mourinho said. “The doctor is very confident it’s not a big injury, like we had with Marco van Ginkel (who is out for six months). “He knows that he doesn’t play against Norwich. He knows that he cannot go to the national team. “He knows he has 15 days until the next match he can play, which is against Cardiff. “Let’s see the scan. If the injury is an injury for 15 days, I think he’ll be fine. That’s okay. “The problem is if it’s more time and it’s a pity for the guy, because he’s in a very good moment.” Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee and will be out of action for approximately three weeks, the Premier League club have confirmed. The 29-year-old underwent a scan at Chelsea’s Cobham training base after limping out of Tuesday’s Champions League group game at Steaua Bucharest and the extent of the damage has now been revealed. A statement published on Chelsea’s official website read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm Fernando Torres suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee in the Champions League group game at Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday evening. Press Association