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Culinary Extravaganza Showcases Student Skills, Career Opportunities and Program

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Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 653-7878 

Culinary competition contestantsNORWALK, Calif. – October 23, 2017 – Cerritos College hosted the fourth annual Culinary Arts Extravaganza and Job Expo on October 19 and 20.

More than 20 culinary arts and hospitality employers participated and provided information on job and internship opportunities to nearly 100 attendees during the October 19 job fair.

Six current students and six alumni of the College’s culinary arts program competed in the fourth annual Marukan Cup of Culinary Excellence the next day. More than 150 students from local high schools and Cerritos College students who are interested in the College’s culinary arts program watched the exciting cooking competition, and took a glimpse into what they will be experiencing in the program. Four local top chefs served as judges. The event also featured prize drawings and food and product demonstrations. The winners of the cooking competition were awarded cash prizes.

Culinary competition judging“We are pleased to host this exciting event every year,” said Michael Pierini, associate professor of culinary arts, Cerritos College. “The event gives current and prospective students a great opportunity to network with employers and top chefs in the industry.”


About Cerritos College:
 Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at



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