Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals To New Chefs at Dec. 18 Ceremony

Culinary students share a smile before their graduation from the Academy of Culinary Arts, Thursday, Dec. 18.

Culinary students share a smile before their graduation from the Academy of Culinary Arts, Thursday, Dec. 18.

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College awarded culinary medals and certificates to 52 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Thursday, Dec.18.

Twenty-seven graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and 26 completed the Baking and Pastry program. Two short-term specialization certificates in Baking and Pastry 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.

Valedictorian Blaise Colamarino, of Sewell, addresses the graduates and audience during the awards ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 18.

Valedictorian Blaise Colamarino, of Sewell, addresses the graduates and audience during the awards ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 18.

Blaise Colamarino of Sewell was named valedictorian and winner of the Nathan Schwartz Award, which is presented to the top student of each graduating class.

Keynote speaker Robert Schoell, executive chef for Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, encourages the students to never give up on their goals.

Keynote speaker Robert Schoell, executive chef for Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, encourages the students to never give up on their goals.

The keynote speaker was Robert Schoell, executive chef for Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.

Schoell advised graduates, “Be brave, work hard, and allow yourself no excuses. Don’t be afraid of mistakes. I would not be where I am now without having made mistakes.”

Helena Borro, vice president of the Culinary Student Association, and Briana Husak, president, presented Culinary Student Association awards to Alice Drummond, Philip Faunce and Bruce Tice, for their dedication to the student club.

A special honor was given to Suzanne Feye, of Linwood, who is retiring from the Academy of Culinary Arts after 28 years of dedication, teaching and service.

Atlantic Cape faculty member Suzanne Feye, of Linwood, is honored for her 28 years of service to the Academy, as she is retiring this year.

Atlantic Cape faculty member Suzanne Feye, of Linwood, is honored for her 28 years of service to the Academy, as she is retiring this year.

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Honorees, their hometowns (by county) and their awards are:

                                                             ATLANTIC

Joshua Benton, Hammonton — Silver, Culinary Arts

Rebecca Desmond, Leeds Point — Gold, Culinary Arts

Alice Drummond, Egg Harbor — Silver, Culinary Arts

Kevin Edmondson, Hammonton — Certificate, Culinary Arts

Sarah Hopman, Atlantic City — Silver, Baking & Pastry

Clair Long, Atlantic City — Certificate, Baking & Pastry Specialization

Jaymee Martin, Galloway — Silver, Baking & Pastry

Ariadna Ramirez, Egg Harbor Township — Certificate, Baking & Pastry

Jessica Scannapieco, Egg Harbor Township — Silver, Baking & Pastry

Ashley Squicciarini, Mays Landing — Silver, Baking & Pastry

Michael Tarquinio, Buena — Silver, Culinary Arts

Emma Wuillermin, Hammonton — Certificate, Baking & Pastry

BURLINGTON

Kyle O’Brien, Medford Lakes — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Akeema Telemaque, Willingboro — Gold, Baking & Pastryx

Jocelyn Tirado, Cinnaminson — Silver, Culinary Arts

CAMDEN

Samantha Cole, Sicklerville — Gold, Baking & Pastry

Rachel Corcoran, Pine Hill — Gold, Culinary Arts           

Ashley DeMarco, Clementon — Silver, Culinary Arts

Jaime Eberhardt, Stratford — Silver, Baking & Pastry

Amanda Germano, Atco — Silver, Baking & Pastry

Christopher Gora, Sicklerville — Silver, Culinary Arts; Silver, Baking & Pastry

Kelly Matchett, Cherry Hill — Certificate, Baking & Pastry

Alexis Pelaschier, Sicklerville — Silver, Culinary Arts; Silver, Baking & Pastry

Alison Sayles, Somerdale — Gold, Baking & Pastry

Chelsi Turner, Sicklerville — Bronze, Baking & Pastry

CAPE MAY

Philip Faunce, Ocean City — Bronze, Culinary Arts

David Lawson, Cape May — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Tyler-Marie Reiss, Cape May Court House — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Katherine Trivelis, Wildwood Crest — Gold, Culinary Arts        

CUMBERLAND

Kaitlin Davis, Millville — Gold, Baking & Pastry

Jodi Fitting, Vineland — Silver, Culinary Arts       

Robert Ingraham, Vineland — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Katherine Lawrence, Bridgeton —  Silver, Baking & Pastry

Alysha Morey, Port Norris — Bronze, Culinary Arts        

Evan Sluka, Millville — Certificate, Baking & Pastry

GLOUCESTER

Megan Agren, West Deptford — Bronze, Baking & Pastry

Steven Calhoun, Turnersville — Gold, Culinary Arts       

Blaise Colamarino, Sewell — Gold, Culinary Arts           

Nicholas Cotellese, Mullica Hill — Bronze, Baking & Pastry

Shannon Kemmerer, Williamstown — Bronze, Baking & Pastry

Emily Klein, Pitman — Silver, Culinary Arts; Silver, Baking & Pastry

Katie Kronberger, Franklinville — Gold, Culinary Arts

Kelsey Radio, Franklinville — Silver, Baking & Pastry

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ACA Awards/Add Three

Victoria Romaine, Williamstown — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Bruce Tice, Newfield — Silver, Culinary Arts

MIDDLESEX

Lesley DeGuzman, Edison — Silver, Baking & Pastry

 

OCEAN

Michael Greene, Manahawkin —Bronze, Culinary Arts

Madelyn Kuti, Beach Haven Crest — Silver, Culinary Arts

Jennifer Vacca, Brick — Gold, Baking & Pastry

SALEM         

Alyssa Deininger, Monroeville — Silver, Baking & Pastry

Andrew Johnson, Pittsgrove — Gold, Culinary Arts

WARREN

Samantha McCarthy, Stewartsville — Certificate, Baking & Pastry Specialization

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 accadmit@atlantic.edu, or visit the ACA online at www.atlantic.edu/aca.

Spring classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 20. Seats and scholarships are available. To register, call Valerie Weller at (609) 343-4944.

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