Culinary Student Association

ACA students during the Italy trip in 2023At the Academy, learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom. You can participate in the Culinary Student Association, which is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the skills and professionalism of the Academy's training.
The CSA organizes educational trips including behind-the-scenes looks at some of the area's largest kitchens and recreational activities like ski trips and movie nights.

As a student at the Academy, you will also participate in several special events and competitions throughout the year that will allow you to show off your skills, including:

ACA students prepare fresh pizzasAcademy students can also participate in college clubs, athletics and events.

Academy students can stay current on culinary trends and the state of their craft by reading  Sizzle Magazine.

European Excursions

ACA students during the 2023 Italy tripVisiting another country first-hand, you can taste, smell, touch and see what's unique about the culture and cuisine. The optional European Excursion immerses you for a week in local flavor, with local and regional experts as your guides. Past trips have gone to Tuscany and Vienna. 




During previous trips students have:

  • ACA students in Italy during 2023 tripAttended hands-on cooking classes at a the leading Viennese culinary institute and at 
  • a world-famous restaurant
  • Watched preparation of a famous Viennese pastry
  • Explored the outdoor produce markets in Tuscany for local specialties
  • Enjoyed gourmet dinners in Rome
  • Visited Vienna's largest meat market, a leading Austrian brewery, and a local vinegar maker
  • Toured Vienna and heard the Vienna Orchestra in concert.