The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College awarded culinary medals and certificates to nearly 40 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Monday, May 19.
Thirty-one graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and six completed the Baking and Pastry program. Three short-term specialization certificates in Baking and Pastry and Food Service Management were awarded.
The awards ceremony was held in the college’s Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing Campus, and honored the graduates with gold, silver or bronze medals or certificates based on their grade point averages and criteria established by the American Culinary Federation. Specialization graduates received certificates of completion. A reception at Careme’s, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, followed the ceremony.
Chef Patricia “Kelly” McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts, awarded Dr. Art Wexler, vice president of academic affairs, with an Honorary Culinary Certificate for his work with the department and upcoming retirement.
Daniel Crumb of Elmer was named valedictorian and winner of the Nathan Schwartz Award, which is presented to the top student of each graduating class.
The keynote speaker was Anthony T. Catanoso, principal owner and managing partner of Steel Pier Associates, LLC, Atlantic City.
Catanoso advised graduates, “Just as your sharpest knives can get dull, so can your talent— never stop learning. Strive to be the best and the brightest, stay hungry, no pun intended.”
ACA alumna Rachel Zarycki presented Culinary Student Association awards to Adam Field, Joseph Sterchele and Briana Manning for their dedication to the student club.
Honorees, their hometowns (by county) and their awards are:
Javon Adams, Atlantic City — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Xavier Baskerville, Egg Harbor — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Dylan Bonilla, Egg Harbor — Certificate, Culinary Arts
Lindsay Bender, Galloway — Silver, Culinary Arts
Caryll Camp, Somers Point — Silver, Baking & Pastry; Certificate, Baking & Pastry Specialization
Bridgette Fox, Galloway — Silver, Culinary Arts
Renee Harrold, Hammonton — Silver, Baking & Pastry
Jaime LaPinta, Absecon —Silver, Culinary Arts
Redentor Linzo, Somers Point — Certificate, Culinary Arts
Briana Manning, Mays Landing — Gold, Culinary Arts
Shayla Marks , Somers Point — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Natasha Rosa, Atlantic City — Bronze, Baking & Pastry
Timshal Snable, Mays Landing — Gold, Culinary Arts
Jessica Solorzano, Pleasantville — Gold, Culinary Arts
Tyler Goldstein, Mt. Laurel — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Kaming Au,Cherry Hill — Silver, Culinary Arts
Nicholas Alliano, Clementon — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Antonia Curtis, Chesilhurst — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Amanda Germano, Atco — Silver, Culinary Arts
Carrie Allsopp, Marmora — Gold, Culinary Arts; Gold, Baking & Pastry
Jacob Mann, Marmora — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Adar Mays-Miller, Wildwood — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Evi Andra, Vineland — Gold, Culinary Arts
Brandon DePasquale, Vineland — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Arielle Masters, Vineland — Bronze, Baking & Pastry
Sarah Nichols, Millville — Certificate, Baking & Pastry Specialization
Joseph Sterchele, Vineland — Gold, Culinary Arts
Erika Burke, Williamstown — Silver, Culinary Arts
Kyle Cicale, Williamstown — Certificate, Food Service Management
Nicholas Mazza, Sewell — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Megan Caffrey, Toms River — Bronze, Culinary Arts; Bronze, Baking & Pastry
Anthony Dorando, Brick — Silver, Culinary Arts
Adam Field, Barnegat — Silver, Culinary Arts
Anthony Iaria,Barnegat — Silver, Culinary Arts
Domenick Renna, Bayville — Bronze, Culinary Arts
Daniel Crumb, Elmer — Gold, Culinary Arts
OUT OF STATE
Shane Rinker, Barto, Pa. — Silver, Culinary Arts
The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years. Academy graduates can be found in kitchens around the world in major hotel and restaurant chains, while others have gone on to open their own restaurants and catering businesses. For more information about the Academy of Culinary Arts, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the ACA online at www.atlantic.edu/aca.
Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 25. Seats and scholarships are available. To register, call Valerie Weller at (609) 343-4944.