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The Goran Milić Culinary Academy​

The Goran Milić
Culinary Academy Students

April 2016 three of our Goran Milić Culinary Academy students from the Resource Center won one Gold medal and two Silver medals during an International Culinary Competition held at the Residence Hotel in Budva, Montenegro.  Earlier in the month, the same three attended the highly competitive Biser Mora (the Pearl of the Sea Competition) where they competed against 22 different teams on the Croatian Island Brač.  The dynamic trio came home with a Bronze medal and were the only team made up of persons with special educational needs.

(left to right): Delon Sejdović (freshman student ), Ivan Počanić and Šejla Musić (final year students).

The first meaningful project of the  Santa Barbara - Kotor Sister City Committee was to establish the Goran Milić Culinary Academy at the Resource Center for persons with speech and hearing impairmentsin Kotor, Montenegro. The purpose of the culinary academy is to teach young students from the Resource Center the basic skills of food preparation for entry level positions in the restaurant business.


Several of our promising young chefs have interned at restaurants in Montenegro, Italy and Los Angeles, as well as attended classes at the Culinary School at Santa Barbara City College.  Many of our students have been offered full time positions at prestigious restaurants in Montenegro while others have been offered internships at that we hope will lead to meaningful employment.​

Culinary Students Bring Home the Gold!
International Culinary Competition!

Take a look at our young Chefs in training!

Students Learn By Doing!

Santa Barbara's Sister City
Kotor, Montenegro