Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County Open House

Coaster Photo – At the open house at the Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County in Asbury Park were Kennedy Jones and Elizabeth Lehmann (standing) and Catherine Ward, Keansburg; Chris Jones, Freehold and Advil Robinson, Asbury Park.

The Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County is a collaborative effort between Brookdale community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District. The school is located at 101 Drury Lane, Asbury Park adjacent to the Asbury Park High School.

The Culinary Education Center is open to Monmouth County high school students in their junior and senior year of high school.  Each student receives high school credit, and at the same time can receive up to 15.5 college credits.  The Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park, along with the Sheraton Hotel in Eatontown, and Seabrook Village in Neptune, are the sites for the High School Division Culinary Arts classrooms providing yearlong experiences for over 100 secondary students.

The Culinary Education Center College Division offers an Associate of Science in Applied Science in Culinary Arts.  The CEC also offers two Certificate programs, one in Pastry Art and the other in Culinary Arts.

The CEC is a student centered culinary program, which is dedicated to providing a high quality culinary educational experience.  The facility offers state of the art kitchens, lecture rooms, and computer lab and distance learning capability.  Our students participate in local, state, and national food competitions.

At the CEC the students operate two dining rooms, The Mandolin Dining Room, and the Windows of the Culinary Education Center Dining Room.  Our facility is open to the public for lunch and dinner.  Breakfast can be served for private parties arranged in advance.

The students also operate our retail bakery that sells cakes, pastries, breads, and seasonal confectionery delights.

The CEC seeks to foster individuality, creativity, and open mindedness in the application of theoretical and practical food preparation skills.  The CEC believes that the investment of time and effort in the selection of quality ingredients and attention to skillful preparation contribute directly to the quality and the essence of the final product.

The CEC chef instructors are highly qualified professionals, dedicated and committed to our students.  They personalize instruction, offering support and encouragement for success.  Highly qualified adjunct instructors, who have many years of experience in the field, enhance the full-time faculty.

If you are interested in attending the CEC, for high school or college call 732-988-3299.

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