Annmarie Chelius of Ocean City, a chef educator at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts, has been named the 2012 Spirit of Women National Award winner in the Community Hero in Action category.
She will be honored for her extensive community involvement at the Spirit of Women National Awards Celebration Breakfast in Boca Raton, Fla., on July 13.
Chelius, who has taught Baking and Pastry classes at the ACA for the last 17 years, became actively involved in the Chefs Move to Schools initiative under First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! wellness campaign in 2010. In an effort to promote nutrition, Chelius “adopted” the Ocean City Intermediate School. She teaches students how to prepare simple, healthy and delicious meals via live in-classroom cooking demonstrations.
With the help of students at the Academy of Culinary Arts, also known as her “sprouts,” Chelius has created jingles to help children remember healthy recipes and cooking tips. Some of her songs include: “Eat Some Salad,” “Bisque…a salute to Georges Perrier,” and most recently, “The Delectable Vegetable.”
“ACA students assist me during the demonstrations, and they also provide me with hip selections of music they think I should use with my songs,” Chelius said.
In May, Chelius was recognized as the 2012 National AtlantiCare Mary Ann Coyle Community Hero award recipient, which led to the national distinction.
“I hope my enthusiasm to share and teach what gifts I have been given will benefit the health and well-being of others,” Chelius said.
The ACA, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, has been training future chefs and food service professionals for more than 30 years. For additional information about the Academy, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.atlantic.edu/aca.
— News release by Chelsea Pizzi, Atlantic Cape Community College