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Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals, Certificates to 59 New Chefs

May 12, 2006

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College awarded culinary medals and certificates to 59 new chefs and baking/pastry professionals primed with the latest culinary knowledge on Friday, May 12.

Forty-six graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s two-year Culinary Arts program and nine earned a two-year certificate in Baking and Pastry. Seven students completed short-term, specialized training to earn certificates in Hot Food and/or Food Service Management, either separately or in conjunction with the two-year programs.

The awards ceremony, held in the college’s Walter Edge Theater, honored the graduates. Those earning a degree received 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. James Harris, sous chef at Caesars Hotel and Casino, was the guest speaker. A reception at Careme’s, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, followed the ceremony.

Kyriakos Georgiou of Somers Point and Melissa Horn of Riverside, Burlington County, were named co-valedictorians and winners of the Nathan Schwartz Award, which is presented to the top students of each graduating class.

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

Michael Balles, Egg Harbor Township—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Andrew Cohen, Ventnor—Certificate, Culinary Arts
Kimberly Consolo, Mays Landing—Food Service Management Specialization
James Coombs, Egg Harbor Township—Silver, Culinary Arts
Kenneth Coulter, Absecon—Silver, Culinary Arts
Christopher Dowe, Galloway—Certificate, Culinary Arts, Hot Food Specialization
Kyriakos Georgiou, Somers Point—Gold, Culinary Arts
Philip Hooper, Galloway—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Tamara Keating, Egg Harbor Township—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Nina Mammoccio, Somers Point—Bronze, Baking and Pastry
Michael Mount, Egg Harbor Township—Certificate, Culinary Arts
Carl Pennauchi, Mays Landing—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Mark Schiavo, Somers Point—Certificate, Culinary Arts
Lawrence Strickland Jr., Egg Harbor Township—Silver, Culinary Arts
Lester Thomas, Galloway—Medal, Culinary Arts

Allison Barber, Marlton—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Jared Cole, Palmyra—Certificate, Culinary Arts
Melissa Horn, Riverside—Gold, Baking and Pastry
Jennifer McPherson, Marlton—Certificate, Culinary Arts
Alexandra Vrettos, Columbus—Gold, Baking and Pastry

Chrstina Alderman, Collingswood—Silver, Baking and Pastry
Christina Castagno, Sicklerville—Bronze, Baking and Pastry
Richard Ernst III, Sicklerville—Certificate, Culinary Arts
Stephanie Krout, Audubon—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Justin Kunkel, Haddon Heights—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Stephanie Lemunyon, Haddon Heights—Silver, Culinary Arts
Catherine Rich, Sicklerville—Silver, Culinary Arts
Cathryn Seeberger, Haddonfield—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Kimberly Williams, Voorhees—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Adam Dempsey, Cape May—Silver, Culinary Arts
James Hamilton, Ocean City—Silver, Culinary Arts
Chase Porter, Cape May Court House—Gold, Culinary Arts
Mary Jo Ramos, Ocean City—Silver, Culinary Arts
Adam Reeves, West Cape May—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Erin Thoman, Cape May—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Brad Wise, Cape May—Certificate, Culinary Arts
Kristina Vukela, Cape May Court House—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Sean Freeman, Millville—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Kyle Johnson, Millville—Silver, Culinary Arts
Andrew Sciarretta, Vineland—Certificate, Culinary Arts
Jessica Smith, Millville—Silver, Culinary Arts

Shana Bailey, Glassboro—Certifictae, Culinary Arts
Katelyn Cooper, Williamstown—Silver, Baking and Pastry
Megan Habicht, Thorofare—Bronze, Baking and Pastry
Jaclyn Lobro, Sewell—Bronze, Baking and Pastry
Jessica Morgan, Franklinville—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Ian Potter, Sewell—Certificate, Culinary Arts
Douglas Simmons, Glassboro—Hot Food Specialization
Jonathan Slack, Woodbury—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Michele Taggart, Turnersville—Silver, Culinary Arts, Hot Food Specialization

Jeremy Becker, Bayville—Silver, Culinary Arts
Antonio Esposito, Lanoka Harbor—Food Service Management Specialization
Nena Japitana, Toms River—Hot Food Specialization
Ryan Kozlak, Toms River—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Gillian Lyons, Brick—Bronze, Culinary Arts
Christopher Spera, Bayville—Silver, Culinary Arts

Alicia Justice, Carneys Point—Bronze, Baking and Pastry

Robert Skettini, Highland Lakes—Certificate, Culinary Arts, Hot Food Specialization

Kathleen Pierce, Lansdowne, Pa.—Silver, Culinary Arts

The ACA opened in 1981 on ACCC’s Mays Landing Campus to meet the growing needs of the hospitality industry. Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in a morning or afternoon session from January through May and August through December. Part-time and evening classes are also available. As part of their training, students operate Careme’s, a gourmet restaurant on the college’s campus.

Academy graduates can be found in kitchens around the world in major hotel and restaurant chains, while many have gone on to open their own restaurants and catering businesses. For more information on the Academy of Culinary Arts, call 1-800-645 CHEF, e-mail, or visit the ACA online at