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Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals to New Chefs at May 20 Graduation Ceremony

May 20, 2013

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 20.

Twenty-three graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and eight completed the Baking and Pastry program. Six students received short-term specialization certificates in Baking and Pastry, Hot Food and Food Service Management.

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.

Tayler Reed of Egg Harbor Township 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 ACA graduate Chef Terence Feury ’88, executive chef, Tavro Thirteen in Swedesboro. Feury has experience in some of the East Coast’s best kitchens, including: Le Bernardin in New York City, the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., and Striped Bass, Fork and American Bistro in Philadelphia. Feury has been recognized as “Best Chef in 2010” by Philadelphia Magazine and he received a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic in 2002.

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


Nick Bates, Galloway—Certificate, Culinary Arts

Kelsey Beck, Galloway—Silver, Baking and Pastry

Katelyn Blose, Egg Harbor City—Certificate, Baking and Pastry Specialization

Mancini Brown, Egg Harbor Township—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Abigail Dell’Aringa, Mays Landing—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Ricardo Edwards, Pleasantville—Certificate, Culinary Arts

Wendy Hassel, Egg Harbor City—Certificate, Hot Food Specialization

Nicole Kacsoh, Egg Harbor City—Certificate, Food Service Management Specialization

Tayler Reed, Egg Harbor Township—Gold, Baking and Pastry

Storm Reitzel, Egg Harbor Township—Certificate, Baking and Pastry Specialization

Nicole Ruiz, Pleasantville—Certificate, Baking and Pastry

Samantha Wyld, Sweetwater—Bronze, Baking and Pastry


Kristopher Frazier, Marlton—Silver, Baking and Pastry


Joshua Crump, Atco—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Samantha Knowlton, Cherry Hill—Silver, Baking and Pastry

Jacob Lucas, Clementon—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Blaise Masciantonio, Laurel Springs—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Rachel Ridgway, Westmont—Certificate, Culinary Arts


Paul Blackwell, Strathmere—Certificate, Culinary Arts

Emilio Ferrante, Cape May—Certificate, Baking and Pastry Specialization

Erin McManamy, Ocean City—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Kaitlin Miller, North Wildwood—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Michael Newport, Ocean City—Silver, Culinary Arts


Carolyn Jones, Millville—Bronze, Culinary Arts


Brian Brown, Williamstown—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Luis Coyotecatl, Bellmawr—Silver, Culinary Arts

John Lowe, Deptford—Bronze, Culinary Arts

Christina Martin, Williamstown—Silver, Culinary Arts

Angelina Pino, Franklinville—Silver, Culinary Arts

Joshua Romano, Glassboro—Silver, Culinary Arts

Ashley Simmons, Williamstown—Bronze, Culinary Arts


Christopher Brown, Manahawkin—Certificate, Culinary Arts

Michelle Dellaperute, Little Egg Harbor—Silver, Baking and Pastry

Carmen Hernandez, Lakehurst—Silver, Baking and Pastry and Hot Food Specialization

Michael Pillar, Toms River—Silver, Culinary ArtsChristopher Wilson, Warren Grove—Bronze, 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, or visit the ACA online at

Share your ACA graduation pictures and well-wishes to the graduates on Twitter and Instagram using our official 2013 graduation hashtag #atlanticcape13. View pictures from the May 2013 ACA Awards Ceremony on Facebook.

Registration Continues at the Academy of Culinary Arts; Fall Classes Begin Aug. 26