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New Culinary Arts Program Debuts at Mendocino College


            Nicholas Petti, chef-owner of the Mendocino coast’s renowned Mendo Bistro in Fort Bragg, takes over the helm of the Culinary Arts Management program at Mendocino College, where registration for the fall classes is now underway.

            “We are thrilled to take our culinary program to the level our community is looking for,” says Sue Goff, Dean of Career and Technical Education at Mendocino College. “Nicholas has the respect, talent and reputation to teach the skills for those seeking a career in the food profession as well as for anyone who wants to upgrade their cooking prowess.”

              Petti first came to Mendocino County in 1991 when he was finishing up at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He got a job cooking at the Moosse Café in the village of Mendocino. Over the years he also cooked at the MacCallum House Restaurant with Alan Kantor, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and at St. Orres with Rosemary Campiformio.

            “Every cook dreams to own a restaurant,” says Petti, who is a musician as well as a cook and is known for sporting his signature jester hat. In 1999, due to fortuitous circumstances he and his wife Jaimi opened Mendo Bistro in the Company Store in downtown Fort Bragg. “We started on a shoestring,” he says, adding, “Mendo Bistro is everything I envisioned. It’s worked out.”

            Twelve years later Petti comes to Mendocino College with a loyal local and regional following. His networking abilities and his years as part of the Chefs Collaborative add to his commitment to locally grown ingredients and his creative culinary approach. He calls his style “contemporary American with a good mix of comfort and cutting edge.”

            Petti will be teaching five classes at the well appointed professional kitchen at Mendocino College beginning August 23. They include Culinary Skills I; Local Foods: From Farm to Table; Food Preservation; Survey of Food Systems; and Culinary Arts Practicum, a work experience course.

            Petti lives with his wife Jaimi and five year old son Marlon in Fort Bragg. He will continue to play music and he is already downloading audio books to listen to for inspiration on the commute to his classes. “I’m excited to share what I know with students,” says Petti, “and I look forward to moving from a structured groove a chef often finds to spinning new ideas from my students.”

            For more information and to enroll in classes at the Mendocino College Culinary Arts Management Program go to



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