ACE: Academy of Culinary Education

Professional Cooking

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Morning Section – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

EVENING SECTION – 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm




Professional Baking

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Morning Section Hours:  9:00 am-2:00 pm

EVENING SECTION HOURS:   6:00 pm – 11:00 pm



Pre-Teen/Teen Cooking Program


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Richard Coop

Sous Chef, Café Fiore; ACE Guest Instructor

Jaron Gugliuzza

Sous Chef, Saddle Peak Lodge

Bree Vivante

Pastry, Saddle Peak Lodge

Kevin Diaz

Grill, Red Seven/Spectra

Eric Behr

Pantry, Red Seven/Spectra; ACE Teaching Assistant

Hayley Kirby

Cook, Wolfgang Puck Catering

Brian Abrams

Cook, Wolfgang Puck Catering

Sam Solomon

Cook, Wolfgang Puck Catering; ACE Teaching Assistant

Jett Mora

Cook, Wolfgang Puck Catering; formerly Daily Grill

Mark Sainz

Personal Chef and Trainer

Jackie Thomassen

Children’s cooking classes

Manny Villagomez

Line, Robata-Ya; formerly Braemar Country Club

Patty Walters

ACE Teaching Assistant

Hannah Solomon

ACE Teaching Assistant

Monica Kim

Line, Lukshon; formerly Chinois

Evan Moon

Manager, Five Guys

Stephanie Stephenson

ACE Teaching Assistant

Fioan Ira

ACE Teaching Assistant

Laura Cheng

ACE Website and Blog Contributor

Michelle Aguillon


Donna Levine

Lifestyle Coach

David Weiss

Exec Chef, Cafe Fiore; formerly Wolfgang Puck Bistro, Braemar Country Club

Ryan Simas

Chef de Cuisine Faralon San Francisco; formerly at Checkers Hotel, Spago (UCLA Culinary Program Graduate)

Scott Boggs

Sous Chef French Laundry, formerly at Saddlepeak Lodge, Alex, Fringale

Ken Biffar

Exec Chef, Café Fiori; formerly at Linq, Senior Fred

Simon Sunwoo

Exec. Chef, Il Sole, and Luau Rest. Bev. Hills Opening Fall 2008: formerly at Chinois, Beaumanier (France), Santi (Spain), Beverly Hills Hotel, Source (Wash. DC)

Devin Alexander

Cookbook Author and host of Healthy Decadence

Vivian Cunha

2007 Food Network Star Contestant, Spokesperson, Culinary Instructor, Caterer

Tom Maloney

Exec Chef Equinox, Venetian LV, Granita, Wolfgang Puck Epcott

Sharon Simpson

Chef/Owner Sayrelyn in Oak Park and Camarillo

Lisa Eidman

Owner Magical Wizard Cooking School

Ann Hickey

Chef/Owner, Plush Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows

Matt Kalan

Caterer/Craft Services

Mark Sferas

Chef/Owner Who’s Brownies

Denise Hoffman

Asst. Coord for LA CCAP, Careers in Culinary Arts Program

Brian Algee

Chef/Partner, Abbey Lane (Stevensen Ranch) Bel Air Hotel

Clint Nuyda

formerly at Maco and Spago(BH) Maple Drive, SW Wynn Hotel

Janese Sartore

Exec Chef, Status Quo Catering(Newberry Park)

Amy Jurist

Chef/Owner Amy’s Culinary Adventures, Caterer, Product Development for Trader Joe’s

Sandy Leon

Chef Whole Foods formerly at Border Grill, Campari Chocolate, Corner Bakery

Richard Ma

Chef Whole Foods, Sous Chef Maco, Lynn Santa Paula

Jeanette Kerr

Chef/Owner of her own Wedding Business, formerly at Chinois, Linq and Spanish Table

Justin Chao

Chef/Owner of Le Bon Garcon Caramels

Ryan Koga

Chef/Owner, Valley Circle BBQ, formerly sous chef at Max

David Gross

Chef de Cuisine, Market Buckhead; formerly Wolfgang Puck Rest. Group New Biz Development

Randy Hoffman

Recipe Testing for America’s Test Kitchen

Arlyn Sabado

CSUN Summer Kids Culinary Program Coordinator

Sue Zubic

TV Radio Personality, Secretary for OK AC

Tami Charette

Stephen Pyles Rest. Group

Leah Ross

Dir. of Marketing Border Grill Rest. Group

Abel Larreynaga

Manager, Castaway

Alberto Sole

Food Consultant; formerly Spago

Alex Pluchino

Line, Tuscany

Anat Winston

Caterer; formerly Blue Stove, Safire

Sheryl Aronow

Blogger, Mama’s Gotta Bake; ACE guest instructor

Tad Weyland

Chef, Heirloom LA; ACE guest instructor; formerly Huckleberry, Wynn Resort, BLD, Grace, Chinois

Gail Berger

Pastry Chef; ACE Teaching Assistant

Lisa Ryan

ACE Student Coordinator, ACE Guest Instructor, ACE Teacher Assistant

Lisa Sherman

ACE Teaching Assistant

Lou Houdeschell

Caterer; ACE Teaching Assistant

Angela McGee

Chef, Tranquility Tea; formerly Sayrelyn

Audrey Sharpe

High School Culinary Teacher

Tina Wing

Culinary Teacher, Glendale High School

Tina Brasik

Chef, Bon Apetit Management; formerly ACE Teaching Assistant

Barry Maultasch

Chef, Atria Senior Living

Bobby Alonso

Personal Chef; formerly Chinois on Main

Gaby Dalkin

Blogger, What’s Gaby Cooking

Gale Carney

CCAP LA coordinator

Greg Exler

Line, Spanish Hills Country Club

Elliot Jaffe

ACE teaching assistant

Christi Gordon

ACE guest instructor and teaching assistant

Jamie Engel

ACE guest instructor and teaching assistant

Michele Wurst

ACE guest instructor

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