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Program That Trained Kosher Chefs Closes

In addition to offering courses, The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts hosted a competition for aspiring kosher chefs.

A pioneering program that trained kosher chefs is ending.

Brooklyn’s will no longer offer professional courses, founder Jesse Blonder told Kosher Today.

The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts was the only such school outside of Israel.

CKCA will continue offering recreational classes to home cooks. Classes such as “Moroccan Cigars” and “Tel Aviv Spring Ceviche” are two current offerings.

Blonder told Kosher Today that he “would regroup and search for ways to continue training chefs in this age of high demand for kosher chefs.”

Without elaborating, sources told Kosher Today that Blonder “had come under increasing pressure from State vocational education authorities.”

Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward.


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