Bristol Community College Culinary Arts Program Coordinator Gloria M. Cabral, CCE, AAC, is the recent recipient of the 2021 Joseph Amendola Award presented by the American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of the American Culinary Federation. The prestigious Joseph Amendola Award is presented to a pastry chef or master baker devoted to their career, their profession and to the mentoring of young individuals who will be future pastry chefs. The award will be presented at the annual American Academy of Chefs Fellows Meeting on August 1, 2021, during the ACF National Convention in Orlando, Florida.
According to Bristol, Chef Cabral provides leadership for the college’s innovative Culinary and Baking program, including curriculum development, advising students and assisting the professional development of her peer faculty. In addition to her work in the classroom, she serves as an ACF Certification Evaluator, which has included her participation in the Adopt-A-Ship Program, instructing culinary arts at naval bases and on aircraft carriers traveling from the United States to France and Italy.
Chef Cabral earned her Associate in Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in baking and pastry arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., as well as her Master of Science in management and a Master of Education from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy. Throughout her vocational career, she has continued her education from top chefs, in addition to the Massachusetts Department of Education, where she earned her Professional Teacher’s Licensure in Commercial Baking.
BCC states that Chef Cabral is also a proud Bristol Community College alumnus, where she earned her Associate in Applied Science in general studies and a Certificate in culinary arts.
The award was established in memory of Joseph Amendola, who touched the lives of students in countless ways with his dedication to teaching, his amazing talent as an ice sculptor, his engaging personality and his infectious passion for baking.
The American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of the American Culinary Federation, represents the highest standards of professionalism in the organization, society and industry. The academy’s primary mission is to promote the education of all culinarians by mentoring culinarians, awarding scholarships to students seeking a future in the culinary industry and by providing grants to professional working chefs looking to further their careers.