The New "Cuisine on the Green" Restaurant and School had their official ribbon cutting Thursday

Ocean County Freeholders, Members of the Ocean County Vo-Tech Program and local Officials gathered in Little Egg Harbor Thursday to open a new working school and restaurant ... "Cuisine on the Green at Atlantis" at the Atlantis County Golf Course.

The Ocean County Vocational Technical School's NEW One-Year, Full-Time Culinary Arts Program, Cuisine on the Green, at the Atlantis Golf Course, Little Egg Harbor, offers adult students the opportunity to pursue their career goals in the culinary profession.

Students receive real-world experience in restaurant operations and culinary production techniques through the daily operation of the full-service restaurant and banquet facility located on the premises. Curriculum includes classroom instruction, culinary skills training and working internships.

Areas of instruction include: Introduction to Culinary Arts, Applied Culinary Skills, The Science of Food, ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, American Regional Cuisine, International Cuisine, Restaurant and Dining Room Operations, Dessert Preparations, Restaurant Management, Food and Beverage Service.

The teaching philosophy at Cuisine on the Green involves a curriculum and training program incorporating a foundation of ecology, wellness, and responsibility. The use of locally-sourced foods, responsible-catch seafood and attention to dietary diversity as well as energy conservation, materials usage, elimination of non-recyclables and overall reduction of the environmental footprint in the culinary industry are essential elements of the program.

The new restaurant , open to the public, will serve as an education tool for Vocational School Students. I had the privilege of taking a tour of the new facility with Chef Ian Smith