Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts specialists at JCC Maccabi ArtsFest will get into the kitchen with professional chefs and be engaged in every aspect of running a kitchen and preparing great food. From choosing the right ingredients and learning new cooking techniques, to understanding the history and culture behind food, you will learn how to plan a menu and understand the process of transforming raw ingredients into delicious dishes. Your culinary creations will be showcased, served and devoured at the Final ArtsFest Showcase for your peers from JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest—the grand finale of JCC Maccabi.

Your 2014 Special Guest Chef

Michelle Bommarito

Michelle_Bommerito_culinaryMichelle Bommarito is a graduate (1997, Blue Ribbon Status) of The Institute of Culinary Education (formerly, Peter Kumps New York Cooking School, NY, NY.) She is accredited in the Culinary Arts. Bommarito had the privilege of being employed by the historic and world-renowned Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, NY, where she supported the Executive Chef with the daily preparation of recipes for fine pastries and desserts.
Bommarito was a finalist in the 1997 Harry Wils “How Sweet It Is” pastry competition with her own chocolate sculpture. She has been a Freelance Artist for Martha Stewart Omni Media and at Living Magazine. The distinctiveness and uniqueness of Bommarito’s designs and cakes have been subject to numerous newspaper and magazine articles including, Detroit Free Press, Martha Stewart Living, Oakland Style Magazine, and Bride’s Magazine.

In 2004, Bommarito was selected as one of five wedding cake designers to compete in the first Food Network wedding cake challenge television program. Bommarito has won one gold medal and three silver medals as she continues to compete in Food Network challenges. That same year, Bommarito was asked to be Athlete Michael Jordan’s personal chef during his week-long visit for the 35th Ryder Cup in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. To this day, this is one of Bommarito’s favorite experiences. Bommarito is now working with the National Food Service Management Institute’s “Connect: Chefs to Schools” and “Healthy Cuisine for Kids, initiated by First Lady, Michelle Obama in order to bring awareness of obesity in children.

What are we looking for?

  • A passion for cooking, including time and energy spent preparing and creating new dishes
  • An interest in the global food market, grocery stores and shopping
  • An appreciation for culinary arts, and what it takes to run a kitchen
  • A passion for trying different foods, for experimenting with different and challenging ingredients and for creating different dishes
  • Enthusiasm, curiosity about food and a desire to collaborate
  • Some prior experience in the kitchen with knives and other cooking techniques such as slicing, dicing, baking, etc. would be helpful.