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.

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.

2016 Special Guest Chef

Chef Brian Matola

Brian Malota has been a Culinary Arts instructor in the Connecticut Technical High School System for more than 16 years. He received his M.S. in Technology Education from Central Connecticut State University, and his A.S./B.S. in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University. Chef Malota has taught children, teens and adults the techniques and skills necessary for working in and managing a professional kitchen. In addition to his extensive career as a teacher, Chef Malota has worked for Abel Caterers, a kosher catering company, for the past 16 years.