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RCBC names Culinary Arts Director

Pictured: Rowan College at Burlington County's new Culinary Arts Director Chef James Brudnicki works with RCBC student Demario Clarke in the college's Culinary Arts Center.

Chef James Brudnicki, of Medford, has been named Rowan College at Burlington County’s new Culinary Arts Director, overseeing the culinary arts and pastry arts programs, part of RCBC’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) division, at the college’s state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Center in Mount Holly. Brudnicki has been serving in an interim capacity since August 2016.  

“Chef Brudnicki’s talent in the kitchen is only matched by his dedication to the students,” said RCBC President Paul Drayton. “As our presence and programs in Mount Holly continue to grow, we need strong leaders who will ensure that our students can be successful and meet industry demands. Chef Brudnicki’s real-world experience coupled with his passion for teaching the next generation of culinary professionals, make him the ideal person to lead RCBC’s culinary arts programs.”

Brudnicki has spent the last 25 years in the culinary and hospitality industries. He worked for luxury hotels and resorts in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York City and Las Vegas and rose through the ranks to executive chef. He has spent the last decade in culinary education, teaching at the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Hartford, Connecticut, and RCBC. He earned his associate degree in culinary arts from Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing and his bachelor’s in psychology from Thomas Edison State University.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of Rowan College at Burlington County,” said Brudnicki. “The culinary arts programs are looking to build upon RCBC’s success as the top community college in New Jersey by implementing several initiatives that will help our students get high-quality jobs in the industry and transfer seamlessly.”

RCBC has been collaborating with area high schools to create partnerships that will allow students to earn credits toward culinary arts degrees before college. In addition, the college is creating a new transfer agreement with Johnson & Wales University, a globally renowned leader in culinary education located in Rhode Island.

Establishing new industry partners is also a priority for RCBC. Brudnicki, along with STEM Dean Dr. Edem Tetteh, have been working on creating strategic partnerships with local employers like Wegmans, CareOne, P.J.W. Restaurant Group, Garces and others.

For more information on RCBC’s culinary programs, which is ranked third in New Jersey according to Best Choice Schools, please visit rcbc.edu/culinary. The college’s fine arts programs will join the culinary programs at the Mount Holly Center, which will complement the cultural hub of the historic downtown.

Pictured: Rowan College at Burlington County's new Culinary Arts Director Chef James Brudnicki works with RCBC student Demario Clarke in the college's Culinary Arts Center.