“The Blue Cordon Award is one that each student has coveted from the time they entered the school’s halls with all the photos of the previous top-of-the-class alumni,” said chef Chad Schoonveld, instructor of culinary arts at Brookdale. The student who receives this award demonstrates philanthropy, leadership, outstanding academics, and work ethic in the culinary field.

Schoonveld introduced Aimy Sato at the Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County Recognition Exercises by saying, “She came to Brookdale’s program as a student taking on a new academic challenge. She showed immediate dedication and a promise to the program, and her achievement of organizational skills was unsurpassed.”

“What I liked most about the program is the lifelong friendships I created both with my industry friends and chef instructors,” Sato said. “It was a very fun experience, and I learned basic skills needed to work in a real-life restaurant kitchen.”

Sato earned an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts and made her way through the program year one and year two with growth in her personality and skillsets. She was also this year’s recipient of the SkillsUSA Culinary Arts Award. The Skills USA award is given to students who compete and demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

As a well-rounded student, her academics were always of an extremely high caliber. As a result, she was the recipient of both the Community Service Award and the Bronze Academic Excellence Award.

“To assimilate from another country is not always easy, but through the use of college support and her classmates and instructors at Brookdale, Sato became a shining star and an example of what we strive to achieve,” said Schoonveld.