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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“In 2005 I met Cecilia when I  barely came here and we both did a tasting menu.  At ACE, this s where you learn in life what it take to function in the Culinary Industry.  She gave me 80% of my lead team in all of the restaurants that I have.”
Fabio Viviani, Chef Owner of Café Firenze/
Season 5 Top Chef Fan Favorite


“Just wanted to thank Chef Cecilia for believing in me and placing me at Wolfgang Puck Catering.  I’ve been working at WP Catering for one and a half years now and I am loving every single day/party that I work.  I’m learning so much but not without the fundamentals that I gained from ACE.  Whenever someone asks what school I came from, they recognize my other co-workers who graduated from ACE and I cannot be more proud to be grouped up with such talented and kind people.  So thank you again for being a huge instrument in a great life change for me.  I am forever indebted.”
Mercedes Pineda, Jr. Sous Chef in Training, WP Catering, March 2016


“My daughter Hannah was still in high school when she expressed an interest in going to culinary school.  My husband and I did some research and found ACE.  The location was close and the different classes offered a good beginning.  We went to the Open House and I was so impressed with Chef Cecilia de Castro that I wrote a deposit that night for Hannah to start the program.  She was able to attend while still finishing her last year of high school.  He older brother Sam was so excited for her and expressed a wish to go too.  Next thing we knew, we had two children attending ACE.  The program was so well organized and professional that both children have gone on to work in the culinary field.  Chef Cecilia is so well connected to many in the field that she helps her students find jobs in some of the top restaurants and catering companies in Los Angeles.  I cannot express my thanks to Chef for helping my children (now ages 22 and 28) find their passion and careers. ”
Carol Solomon, Feb 2014


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