Culinary Arts Welcomes New Chef Instructor

Posted on 6/16/2014 11:34:02 AM

Chef Jeff SanticolaChef Instructor Jeff Santicola, MSEd, FMP, CCC is the newest addition to the Department of Culinary Arts. 

Jeff Santicola has more than 27 years of experience in the food service industry. He is a member of the Lake Shore Chaine Des Rotisseurs and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and holds numerous certifications from the National Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation. 

With degrees earned at Edinboro and Robert Morris universities, Chef Santicola’s educational background is from Western Pennsylvania. His industry background is diverse and ranges from private ownership to corporate restaurant management. 

Chef Santicola was born in Pittsburgh and has had the opportunity to serve local communities for the majority of his career.

His past accomplishments in education include serving as dean of Academic Studies and program dean of Hotel Restaurant Management at Le Cordon Bleu’s Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh (PCIA).

Serving as the dean at PCIA afforded him the opportunity to earn Employee of the Year in 2006 and High Achievers in 2007.

In 2008, he became a director of Education for Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America at the corporate office of Career Education Corporation; he was a valued member of their Culinary Education Team.

After serving three years as director of Education/executive chef at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, he is happy to return to his native home of Pennsylvania, serving students in the classrooms and kitchens of the Academy of Culinary Arts in Punxsutawney.