OCVTS opens Cuisine on the Green, the new Ocean County Culinary Arts Training Center

October 25th, 2013

OCVTS Culinary LogoOcean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) has launched Cuisine on the Green, the new Ocean County Culinary Arts Training Center, located at the Atlantis Golf Club in Little Egg Harbor, which includes a full-service restaurant and banquet center, open to the public.

The Culinary Arts Training Center offers adult students the opportunity to pursue their career goals in the culinary profession. Students receive real-world experience in restaurant operations and culinary production techniques through the daily operation of the restuarant.  The 10-month curriculum includes classroom instruction, culinary skills training and working internships.

Cuisine on the Green is the result of a partnership between OCVTS and the Ocean County Parks and Recreation.

OCVTS Restaurant CulinaryThe restaurant at the county-owned Atlantis Golf Club had been vacant, and a decision was made to utilize the space to provide Southern Ocean County with a state-of-the-art training facility as well as a new dining venue for local residents.

The teaching philosophy at Cuisine on the Green involves a curriculum and training program which incorporates a foundation of ecology, wellness, and responsibility.  The use of locally-sourced foods, responsible-catch seafood and attention to dietary preferences as well as energy conservation, materials usage, elimination of non-recyclables and overall reduction of the environmental footprint in the culinary industry are essentials elements of the program.

“This is a very exciting opportunity,” said Culinary Arts instructor Ian Smith.  “Our goal is for students to incorporate and implement these practices as second nature and to embrace a more responsible approach to culinary arts that is the future.  They are the trailblazers that will set the new standard.”

OCVTS Dining RoomAreas of instruction include: Introduction to Culinary Arts, Applied Culinary Skills, The Science of Food, American Regional Cuisine, International Cuisine, Restaurant and Dining Room Operations, Dessert Preparations, Restaurant Management, and Food and Beverage Service.

Students can receive the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification from the National Restaurant Association.

Articulation agreements have been established with the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic  Cape Community College,  Johnson & Wales University, the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and Brookdale Community College, which provide students the opportunity to earn advanced college credits upon completion of this program.

Cuisine on the Green Culinary Arts Training Center becomes Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s seventh career training facility.  This program offers an accelerated approach to developing skills needed for employment in food and hospitality industries.  It is open to adults, 18 and over, with a high school diploma or GED.

Students may qualify for Federal Financial Aid or Veterans Benefits.

Call 732.473.3100 x3144 for more information or visit our website at www.ocvts.org. Like us on facebook to stay informed Cuisine on the Green events and activities.

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