Arizona Culinary School Recruits American Indians, Now Available for Federal Financial Aid
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Arizona: The Classic Cooking Academy in Scottsdale actively recruits American Indians to attend its culinary program. Recently, CCA received accreditation . This enables students to apply for federal funding through the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET).
“Now when students want to attend our six-month, professional culinary program, they can apply for federal financial aid, including Pell Grants,” said Pascal Dionot. Dionot is executive chef and co-founder of Classic Cooking Academy, which opened in 2005.
Students from the Gila River, Hopi and Southern Ute Nations have already graduated from the full-time program. The culinary school combines modern American Indian cuisine with classic French techniques. CCA says it's a recipe that offers a solid foundation for a culinary career.
One Classic Cooking Academy graduate is Izat Ghanem. Ghanem was recently promoted to main cook at the Mitsitam Cafe in the the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
“With the growing number of resort casinos with multiple restaurants throughout the country–including 16 in Arizona–it only makes sense for Native Americans to consider a career in the culinary arts,” said Dionot. “We are the only culinary school to incorporate Native American foods and cuisine in our full-time professional course. We include Native American aspects of food in every facet of our program.”
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