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Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals, Certificates to New Chefs

May 18, 2007

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College awarded culinary medals and certificates to 62 new chefs and baking/pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Friday, May 11.

Thirty-four graduates honed their skills in the Academy's two-year Culinary Arts program and 13 completed the two-year Baking and Pastry program. Fifteen students completed short-term, specialized training to earn certificates in Hot Food, Baking and Pastry or Catering, 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 Sheridan, executive sous chef at Showboat Casino Hotel and 1996 ACA graudate, was the guest speaker. A reception at Careme's, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, followed the ceremony.

Scott Carlino of Brick was named valedictorian and winner 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:


Alex Konrady, Egg Harbor Township-Gold, Culinary Arts

Stephanie Merrill, Pleasantville-Silver, Culinary Arts

Tandy Parcher, Galloway-Gold, Culinary Arts

Anthony Previti, Somers Point-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Jennifer Quig, Brigantine-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Willie Rhodes, Atlantic City-Silver, Baking and Pastry

Maria Risoli, Mays Landing-Silver, Baking and Pastry

Samantha Thompson, Egg Harbor Township-Silver, Culinary Arts


Holly Bloodworth, Medford Lakes-Silver, Culinary Arts

Leah Carucci, Riverside-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Stephanie McGuigan, Shamong-Silver, Culinary Arts

Maryanne Ocasio, Pemberton-Silver, Baking and Pastry

William Velge Jr., Mt. Holly-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Chelsea Walls, Jobstown-Bronze, Baking and Pastry


Matthew Burke, Haddonfield-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Chris Chiro, Clementon-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Kristen Curcio, Pennsauken-Silver, Culinary Arts

Clinton Hale, Berlin-Bronze, Culinary Arts; Hot Food Specialization

Barbara Hines, Berlin-Baking and Pastry Specialization

Joel Holloway, Sicklerville-Certificate, Culinary Arts; Hot Food Specialization

Vincent Indiveri, Haddon Heights-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Brendan Kilroy, Voorhees-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Amanda Kline, Atco-Silver, Culinary Arts

Heather Ratkowiak, Bellmawr-Silver, Culinary Arts

Arlene Roldan, Sicklerville-Baking and Pastry Specialization

Lauren Waida, Haddon Heights-Silver, Culinary Arts

David Weiss, Blackwood-Silver, Culinary Arts


Jessica Brophy, Ocean City-Baking and Pastry Specialization

Timothy Longstreth, Stone Harbor-Silver, Culinary Arts

Marco Piro, North Wildwood-Bronze, Culinary Arts

William Myers, Ocean View-Baking and Pastry Specialization, Catering Specialization

Anthony Primavera, Cape May-Certificate, Culinary Arts


Rigy Rios, Bridgeton-Baking and Pastry Specialization

Kaydiane Wright, Bridgeton-Hot Food Specialization


Seth Baker, Grenloch-Gold, Culinary Arts

Genie Brown-Schiavo, Sewell-Baking and Pastry Specialization

Louis Favieri, Franklinville-Gold, Baking and Pastry

Jessica Fisher, Mickleton-Silver, Baking and Pastry

Charles Hearn Jr., Sewell-Bronze, Culinary

Christine Hernandez, Clayton-Bronze, Baking and Pastry

John Wharton III, Williamstown-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Penny Williams-Bey, Williamstown-Hot Food Specialization


Danielle Hurley, East Brunswick-Bronze, Baking and Pastry


Scott Carlino, Brick-Gold, Culinary Arts

Jamie Eisen, Whiting-Silver, Culinary Arts

Shaun Kozlak, Toms River-Bronze, Culinary Arts

James Moran, Manahawkin-Bronze, Culinary Arts; Hot Food Specialization

Joseph Ondusko III, Manahawkin-Baking and Pastry Specialization

Rebecca Posna, Jackson-Silver, Culinary Arts

James Thalasinos, Manahawkin-Silver, Culinary Arts; Hot Food Specialization

Sharon Walicki, Toms River-Bronze, Baking and Pastry

Alexander Witzke, Little Egg Harbor-Gold, Culinary Arts


Karen Donaldson, Elmer-Baking and Pastry Specialization


Candace Ulloa, Somerset-Bronze, Baking and Pastry


Michelle Castania, Franklin-Bronze, Baking and Pastry

Elizabeth Underhill, Sparta-Bronze, Baking and Pastry


Lindsay Palazzo, Yonkers, N.Y.-Bronze, 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