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The Culinary Institute of Virginia Opens at the Former
Johnson & Wales Campus in Norfolk, Virginia
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NORFOLK, Va. – (June 7, 2006) – Norfolk Mayor Fraim and regional business leaders joined ECPI College of Technology today to announce the opening of the Culinary Institute of Virginia. The new educational arm of ECPI, a 40-year leader in collegiate educational programs, will open at the former Johnson & Wales location in Norfolk. 
 
The Culinary Institute of Virginia is currently accepting applications for fall classes (www.chefva.com or 757- 858-CHEF). The curriculum is being developed by ECPI with advisors from the New England Culinary Institute, one of the top 25 culinary programs in the country. Culinary Institute of Virginia will offer a new European educational model that combines classroom instruction with hands-on externships in the community. 
 
“The decision by ECPI to establish the Culinary Institute of Virginia in the City of Norfolk will have a major impact on the tourism and hospitality industry in Hampton Roads as well as the state,’’ said Mayor Paul Fraim. “The chefs of the future – the men and women who will work in the restaurant and hotel kitchens – will be trained at the institute.”
 
“We researched several sites across the state for this new location,” says Mark Dreyfus, president of ECPI. “The timing of the culinary school’s departure and the need for this type of workforce training make the Hampton Roads location very appealing. We want to work with area restaurants and hotels to heighten the profile of our regional cuisine and be a vital ingredient to enhance the tourism and hospitality industries. Combining ECPI’s experience in quality educational programming with New England Culinary Institute’s expertise in curriculum development is a win-win situation for everyone involved.” 
 
The new educational model used by Culinary Institute of Virginia is a skills-based program that focuses on work experience as part of the curriculum. Graduates from the 72-week program will earn an associate of applied science degree in culinary science. Externships with area restaurants and hotels are a central tenet of the curriculum, and students are required to participate in community service projects with local hospitals, foodbanks and service organizations. For enrollment information, visit chefva.com. 
 
The New England Culinary Institute was named Best Cooking School by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2004. The school was founded in Vermont in 1980 and specializes in a “learn-by-doing” model developed for culinary training. 
 
ECPI College of Technology is an independent, private college offering bachelor of science, associate of science and associate of applied science degrees, diplomas and certificate programs. The college was established in 1966 in Norfolk and currently has campuses in Virginia Beach, Newport News, Northern Virginia, Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greenville, Columbia and Charleston in addition to an online campus. ECPI College of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor of science, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees. In 2005, ECPI was ranked #1 by Community College Week’s Top 100 for the number of associate degrees awarded in computer and information science throughout the United States.  
 
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Contact:

Cindy Mackey
757-754-4553 cell
cindymackey@cox.net
www.ecpi.edu

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Also See: Johnson & Wales University Closing Culinary Schools in Norfolk, Va., and Charleston, S.C. in 2006 / June 2002
Johnson & Wales New $112 million Charlotte Campus Will Have First Year Enrollment of 1,200 / August 2004

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