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My Story

I have been a chef for almost 40 years.  And most of that time has been spent teaching others about this great love of mine:  FOOD!.

A little about my training and experiences

I graduated from the Johnson Wales Culinary Arts Program in 1977.  When not immersed in my teaching career, I spent almost 20 years preparing fresh food in the hospitality industry, primarily as an Executive Chef in resorts in New England. I began teaching in the mid-80’s, at the Culinary Institute of New Hampshire College, in Manchester, NH.  During the past 10 years, I have had the joy of teaching youngsters at the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS).  The class I designed has been extraordinary.  It’s called “Culinary Catering Concepts”, and the highlight of the experience is that the students run a cafe on school-days, called the “Grade ‘A’ Cafe”.

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The Grade ‘A’ Cafe

The “Grade “A” Cafe has been an incredibly successful, student-run venture.

The morning class serves delicious breakfast treats, featuring fresh ingredients.  There are english muffin breakfast-sandwiches, breakfast-pizza with student-made dough, home fries, and, lots of fresh-baked pastries.

The afternoon class has its own treats.  For example, the students grind, and specially season, their own beef burgers.  There are hand-cut french fries, wraps made from buffalo chicken tenders, and a variety of salads and sandwiches.  And personal pizzas made with fresh dough made by the students.  The cafe also features weekly specials.  One of the all-time favorites is pulled pork on an oatmeal-molasses slider roll, which we serve with coleslaw.

Come by and enjoy the delicious, inexpensive food prepared by these budding chefs.  The cafe is open on school days, from 8:40 – 9:40 am, and 11:40 am – 12:40 pm.  PATHS is located at 196 Allen Avenue, in Portland.  207.874.8165.


The Birth of Armand’s Kitchen

In the summer of 2009, Armand’s Kitchen became a reality.  I created it to pursue my joint passions of preparing fine foods and teaching students of all ages.