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Taught by professional chefs, students will prepare wide range of recipes


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (June 18, 2009) A group of 20 teenagers with dreams of culinary careers will fill Tidewater Community College’s Culinary Arts Department kitchens June 23-26.


The young chefs-in-training from Hampton Roads high schools have the unique opportunity to work in TCC’s professional kitchens as part of Summer Chefs, a week-long experience offered by the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).


Walter Ellerbe, a Johnson & Wales University alumnus and Alumni Council President who will be opening Ellerbe’s New World Cuisine in Ocean View this fall, is the TCC chef instructor.


In addition to hands-on culinary arts instruction, Summer Chefs week will include College Preparedness and Job Readiness, culminated with a Recognition Luncheon. 


The rising seniors were selected as a result of their performance in C-CAP’s Cooking Competition for Scholarships, held in March. C-CAP Summer Chefs is made possible by funding from the Tidewater Tech Prep Consortium, which works to empower students with the workforce skills and knowledge needed to be lifelong learners and productive citizens who compete successfully in the global community.  


TCC’s Culinary Arts program offers an associate degree and career studies in catering, classical cooking and kitchen management. The A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts is accredited by the American Culinary Federation’s Accrediting Commission.


{MEDIA NOTE: For best photography and interview opportunities in TCC’s Culinary Arts kitchens located on the Norfolk Campus, contact Laurie White, 822-1085 or cell 407-0062.}


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit