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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ACC Culinary Arts Director Honored

ACC Culinary Arts Director Honored

Continuing the excellence of the Culinary Arts program at Alvin Community College, Chef Leslie Bartosh earned yet another honor among his peers.

Bartosh was awarded the Silver Star of Excellence during an awards dinner for the Southwest Chapter of Chaine des Rotisseurs on March 4. William Salomon the Bailli Provincial of the Southwest Region Chaine des Rotisseurs made the presentation.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the award,” Bartosh said. “It is very gratifying to have my efforts recognized.  Even more so, since the award can be made only once a year in a region.”

The Southwest region is made up of twenty chapters in six states and is one of nine such regions in the entire country. Only nine Silver Star awards are issued a year.

The dinner was held in San Antonio and included the Jeunes Commis and Pastry Chef Competition, which Bartosh helped organize.

“The Chaine des Rotisseurs is a long-established organization and to be honored by them increases the profile of the ACC program,” he said.

Bartosh is active in the Chaine des Rotiseurs organization and serves as the Conseiller Culinaire Provincial for the Southwest Region.  This was the second year that Bartosh organized the Jeunnes Commis and Pastry Chef competitions.

The recent honor for Bartosh is one of many over the past three years for instructors in the ACC Culinary Arts program. Bartosh was named educator of the year in 2013 by the Texas Chefs Association. Adjunct instructor Mary Bass has twice been named Galveston’s Chef of the Year and was also featured in an episode of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. Former instructor Tyler Henderson in August participated on the show Chopped.

The Culinary Arts program has grown tremendously in the past several years. The program is typically at capacity.

“Our program is in high demand and that is due in part to the excellence in our faculty members,” he said.

Students who have graduated from the ACC program have joined nationally-renowned restaurants, started their own businesses and have been featured on television.

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