Event Celebrates First Bilingual Culinary Arts Program in the Nation's Capital

Event Celebrates First Bilingual Culinary Arts Program in the Nation's Capital

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

       Washington, DC is one of the Nation's culinary "hot spots" with a
       burgeoning restaurant scene estimated to reach $2.8 billion in annual
What:  revenue in 2014^i. To serve the growing need for trained
       professionals, Ana G. Mendez University System (AGMUS) is launching the
       area's first bilingual culinary arts program on March 26.
       Local chefs will be on hand to show off their culinary expertise and
       christen AGMUS' new state-of-the-art kitchen laboratories in Northeast
       Washington. AGMUS' President Dr. Jose F. Mendez and Chancellor of
       Universidad del Este, Alberto Maldonado Ruiz, Esq., will be joined by
       Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray and DC Councilmembers for a
       ribbon-cutting ceremony and a discussion about the program's benefits
       both in and out of the kitchen.
When:  Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Ana G. Mendez University System (Sonia Gutierrez Building)
       514 V Street NE, 2^nd Floor
       Washington, DC 20002
Who:  Participating chefs include:
       Resident Chef, Mio Restaurant, Giovanna Huyke
       Executive Chef, Sodexo Senior Living, Graham Collette
       Culinary Arts Program Director, AGMUS, Chef Roberto A. Rosario
       Hispanics make up 22% of individuals working in restaurants and bars
       nationwide^ii. As this population grows, so does the need for qualified
Why:  individuals in the culinary field. In fact, the field is projected to
       grow 6.6%, or add 3,900 more jobs in the District of Columbia alone,
       within the next ten years^iii.
       To address these statistics, AGMUS' new program offers students the
       opportunity to build both the technical and linguistic skills needed to
       establish and maintain successful careers in the flourishing culinary
       industry. In addition to the dual language track, AGMUS also offers an
       English-only program that also provides the necessary skills to be a
       competitive force in the workplace.

To attend this event, please contact Brian Van Hoven at (202) 870-3446 or

Ana G. Mendez University System (Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez) is
comprised of three universities, Universidad del Este, Universidad del Turabo,
and Universidad Metropolitana. In 1996, the Universidad del Este established
the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts Jose A. (Tony) Santana in
Carolina, Puerto Rico. The program is unique since it is the first to be
offered in two formats: English and dual language (English and Spanish). Now
the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts Jose A. (Tony) Santana opens its
doors in Washington, DC with the goal of providing quality learning
experiences that will assist students in attaining professional positions in
the industry. For more information, please visit:

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Contact: Brian Van Hoven, (202) 870-3446, bvanhoven@tmncorp.com
         Mayra Ramos, (407) 234-0306, maramos@suagm.edu

SOURCE Ana G. Mendez University System (AGMUS)

Website: http://www.suagm.edu/capitalareacampus
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