Costa Academy is a career development center designed to deliver work-ready employees which meet the needs of the restaurant and foodservice industries in the Franklin County region.

 I have a dream of working together with the successful Chambersburg Career Magnet School to create a long-term center that would meet the needs of all foodservice operations in the region, which would in turn enhance individuals, families and the community.

Chambersburg native and  restaurateur Chef Michael  Kalathas

Brandon Chrostowski the founder of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, and Michael Kalathas, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York together as classmates and roommates. Their mutual vision was to use their knowledge and experience as chefs and managers in the restaurant business to empower people otherwise disadvantaged and who had slipped through the cracks of good fortune that Brandon and Michael had managed to obtain.


They wanted to develop something that hadn’t been done before, something that would help keep people off the streets, and give them a better chance at life both short-term and more importantly, long-term. Brandon has been achieving this with EDWINS in Ohio.  Now they are transferring the knowledge and experience gained in Ohio to something meaningful here in Chambersburg with Costa Academy.


Along with local chef and social entrepreneur, Geof Lambert, Michael and Brandon are utilizing The Orchards restaurant and property in conjunction with the Chambersburg Career Magnet School in a way that enhances the experience of the classroom and helps graduate work-ready and employable students based on the needs of the local foodservice industry.


The founders with the support of the local community are using The Orchards for something way bigger than just a restaurant, and working with the local school district is an ideal vehicle to start helping build a community supported foodservice learning center which will benefit the community for generations to come.


Costa Academy trains students using both virtual classrooms, traditional classrooms, and most importantly by direct hands-on work experience in a “live” fully functioning restaurant and banquet facility. The curriculum is extremely focused on providing work-relevant learning in a way that best fits the abilities, goals and objectives of the individual student. Enrollment is open to students of the Chambersburg Area School District.  Graduates will be be work-ready and employable from day one of certification by Costa Academy.

The restaurant business is one of the biggest industries in the world. Whether Costa Academy students leave to attend college or stay in Chambersburg, a lot of them will wait tables, bartend or work in a restaurant in one form or another.

Executive Chef, Eric Monn

Costa Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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