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Chef Educator of the Year Awarded to Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Instructor Dina Altieri

Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Chef Instructor Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE, received the American Culinary Federation (ACF) 2011 Chef Educator of the Year Award and $5,000 at the 2011 ACF National Convention in Dallas, July 26.

The ACF Chef Educator of the Year award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession.

Foodservice educators across the nation were first nominated by colleagues for the award. Among all candidates, each of the four ACF regions selected a finalist. At the national competition in Dallas, the four finalists each had 75 minutes to present a lecture and demonstration.

Upon hearing the news that Chef Altieri had won, Dr. Karen Gersten, president of Kendall College, said “What an honor to have Chef Altieri acknowledged for her skill, talent and dedication to her profession and her students. Dina is a natural teacher; she knows how to engage students, set high expectations, and help students stretch to achieve them. She also is a natural leader. Look at the model she has set for her students. Chef Altieri is a Kendall star. I am proud of her accomplishment today, and I am extremely proud to be her colleague.”

Dina has worked in the foodservice industry for more than 20 years. She graduated as salutatorian from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1991, with an associate degree in occupational studies and earned a bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College in 2007. She has cooked from coast to coast for multiple restaurants, catering operations and special events, including the James Beard House and the Academy Awards.

She began working as a chef-instructor and department chair at California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena in 1997. From there, Altieri went on to serve as associate dean and chef-instructor at New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. Certified as both an executive chef (CEC) and culinary educator (CCE) by the ACF, she has worked as a chef-instructor at Kendall College since 2008. She has successfully coached three student teams to win the ACF Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl in 2007 and 2010, and most recently the Kendall team that won the 2011 National Knowledge Bowl for the second consecutive year. Last year, Altieri received Kendall College’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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