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Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals to New Chefs at Graduation Ceremony

December 21, 2011

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College awarded culinary medals and certificates to more than 40 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Twenty-five graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and 12 completed the Baking and Pastry program. Nine short-term specialization certificates in Baking and Pastry, Hot Food, Food Service and Catering 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.

Jennifer Keeper of Margate and Stacy Wu of Egg Harbor Township, were named valedictorians and winners of the Nathan Schwartz Award, which is presented to the top student of each graduating class. The keynote speaker was ACA alumni Chef George Kyrtatas ‘99, “The Little Greek Chef,” an expert in Mediterranean cuisine and author of the cookbook, My Big Fat Greek Feast.

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


Thomas Darcy, Margate–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Gina Favinger, Egg Harbor Township–Silver, Culinary Arts

Isabella Fiore, Smithville–Gold, Baking and Pastry

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Egg Harbor Township–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Nieves Garden, Mays Landing–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Veronica Holman, Egg Harbor City–Silver, Baking and Pastry

Barry Johnson, Galloway –Silver, Culinary Arts

Jennifer Keeper, Margate–Gold, Culinary Arts

Jaleesha Mills, Pleasantville–Bronze, Baking and Pastry

Genevieve Pitucci, Mays Landing–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Jamal Wilmore, Pleasantville–Certificate, Food Service Management Specialization

Stacy Wu, Egg Harbor Township–Gold, Baking and Pastry


Jabias Lucy, Westampton–Silver, Culinary Arts


Sean Brining, Cherry Hill–Silver, Culinary Arts

Kyle Carpenter, Sicklerville–Silver, Culinary Arts

Jacquelyn Luke, Waterford–Gold, Culinary Arts

Justin McCarty, Blue Anchor–Certificate, Baking and Pastry

Dana McLarney, Blackwood–Silver, Culinary Arts and Hot Food Specialization

Kendrick Pohler, Runnemede–Silver, Culinary Arts

Joan Rocca, Somerdale–Certificate, Baking and Pastry Certification

Melissa Traenkner, Collingswood–Certificate, Catering and Food Service Management Specializations

Peter Zeck, Oaklyn–Silver, Culinary Arts


Keith Bromley, Del Haven–Certificate, Baking and Pastry and Food Service Management Specializations

Jennifer Dougherty, Cape May Court House–Gold, Culinary Arts

Tiffany Seaman, Bayville–Gold, Baking and Pastry


Nicholas Gerbereux-Seabock, Mauricetown–Silver, Culinary Arts

Lenin Lucero, Vineland–Certificate, Culinary Arts

Hanais Montero, Vineland–Certificate, Culinary Arts


Kimberly Chappelle, Franklinville–Silver, Baking and Pastry

Dennis DeConnick, Sewell–Certificate, Culinary Arts

Anna Goode, Clayton–Bronze, Culinary Arts

John-Paul Guerrini, Sewell–Bronze, Culinary Arts

Angelina Pino, Franklinville–Silver, Baking and Pastry

Kurt Villasin, Sewell–Bronze, Culinary Arts


Anthony Guerino, Toms River–Certificate, Hot Food Specialization

Carmen Hernandez, Lakehurst–Silver, Culinary Arts

Daniel Hirrel, Manahawkin–Bronze, Baking and Pastry

Kevin Kinslow, Manchester–Silver, Culinary Arts and Hot Food Specialization

Amanda Raulerson, Toms River–Bronze, Baking and Pastry Certification


Gale Cullinane, Cedar Grove–Silver, Culinary Arts


Joseph Devaney, Carney’s Point–Silver, Baking and Pastry

Morgan Reeves, Elmer–Silver, Baking and Pastry

The ACA opened in 1981 and is celebrating 30 years of culinary achievement all year long. 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 in-formation on the Academy of Culinary Arts, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, e-mail, or visit the ACA online at