CAFÉ Announces Global Partnership with Johnson & Wales University

World’s premier hospitality/culinary university joins forces with leading U.S. provider of professional development to foodservice educators.


ANNAPOLIS, MD., June 5, 2008 –The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) today announced a global partnership with Johnson & Wales University to reinforce activities linking the hospitality industry with foodservice-training classrooms in colleges and high schools across the United States.


Both organizations have worked diligently to deliver the latest technologies and successful teaching theories to educators devoted to the arts of culinary, baking and pastry. “Chef instructors are the most influential professionals in U.S. foodservice, wielding tremendous impact on the future of our industry,” said Mary Petersen, president of CAFÉ. “With the support of Johnson & Wales University and its exemplary faculty, facilities and training, together we will take CAFÉ to the next level of offering affordable, meaningful professional development to this often-overlooked group of dedicated culinarians.”


“Through this partnership, Johnson & Wales will greatly enhance its outreach to culinary and hospitality educators,” said university President John Bowen. “We are looking forward to inviting other educational institutions to join us in our efforts to demonstrate a high level of support and prestige to hospitality careers as a viable choice for students across the nation.”


CAFÉ, founded in 2002, specializes in providing needed resources to educators so that they may more successfully train students for vibrant, fulfilling careers in the ever-evolving foodservice industry that the National Restaurant Association predicts will add 2 million positions by 2018—with considerable growth in positions of management, chef and head cook, and combined food preparation and service. Through its online magazine, “The Gold Medal Classroom,” and its series of regional skills and learning workshops, CAFÉ is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of highly specialized professionals who wear two hats as culinarians and teachers. For more information on CAFÉ, visit


Johnson & Wales University, founded in 1914, is a nonprofit, private institution. A recognized leader in career education, they offer accredited degrees in business, hospitality, culinary arts, technology and education. With a diverse student body of more than 16,000 graduate and undergraduate students, representing all 50 states and 89 countries, JWU prepares students for personal and professional success by integrating rigorous academics and professional skills, community leadership opportunities and a unique career education model. The university is committed to urban revitalization and thoughtful historic renovation. Through active civic participation and by offering unique learning opportunities, JWU improves the quality of life in its campus communities in Providence, R.I., North Miami, Fla., Denver, Colo., and Charlotte, N.C. For more information visit