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Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals, Certificates to New Chefs

June 3, 2008

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 Friday, May 16.

 Twenty-eight graduates honed their skills in the Academy's Culinary Arts program, and 10 completed the Baking and Pastry program. Twelve short-term specialization certificates in Baking and Pastry, Food Service Management and Hot Food were also awarded.

The awards ceremony, held in the college's Walter Edge Theater, 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. Pinky Kravitz, who has hosted a talk show on WOND radio for 51 years and a show on WMGM TV-40 for 21 years, was the guest speaker. He is a long-time friend to the Academy and publicized the school's annual Restaurant Gala fundraiser on his shows. A reception at Careme's, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, followed the ceremony.

Bridget Fiocco of Toms River was named valedictorian and winner of the Nathan Schwartz Award, which is presented to the top student of each graduating class.

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


Kory Bates, Mays Landing-Bronze, Baking and Pastry

A. Juliano Cannuscio, Galloway-Silver, Culinary Arts and Hot Food Specialization

Sharigaie Eugene, Atlantic City-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Isabella Fagundes, Absecon-Baking and Pastry Specialization

Caitlin Hickey, Egg Harbor Township-Baking and Pastry Specialization

Christopher Manganelli, Somers Point-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Kenya Morrison, Mays Landing-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Ernesto Oquendo, Margate-Certificate, Culinary Arts

David Poellnitz, Mays Landing-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Andrew Ribeiro, Mays Landing-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Samantha Thompson, Egg Harbor City-Silver, Baking and Pastry

Jennifer Townsel, Ventnor-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Brian VanderGast, Somers Point-Silver, Culinary Arts

Madeleine Vetrini, Ventnor-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Je-Quan West, Mays Landing-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Christopher Zolda, Hammonton-Hot Food Specialization



Holly Bloodworth, Medford Lakes-Silver, Baking and Pastry and Hot Food


Adam Brod, Mt. Laurel-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Alexis Cowin, Medford-Certificate, Baking and Pastry

David Duckett, Willingboro-Silver, Culinary Arts

Josh Vogt, Mt. Laurel-Silver, Culinary Arts

Matthew Wilson, Mt. Laurel-Silver, Culinary Arts



Seth R. Baker, Grenloch-Hot Food Specialization

Jacquelyn Chong, Cherry Hill-Silver, Baking and Pastry

Caitlin Crossin, Haddon Heights-Bronze, Culinary Arts

Amanda Kline, Atco-Gold, Baking and Pastry

Luke McLean, Blackwood-Silver, Culinary Arts

Christopher Sawello, Audubon-Hot Food Specialization

Clarence Still, Lawnside-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Lauren Waida, Haddon Heights-Silver, Baking and Pastry

Randi Wallace, Stratford-Silver, Culinary Arts



Jessica Brophy, Ocean City-Bronze, Baking and Pastry

Megan Chadwick, Petersburg-Gold, Baking and Pastry

Daniel Fletcher, Sea Isle City-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Ian Miller, North Cape May-Hot Food Specialization

Alexander Weisman, Marmora-Certificate, Culinary Arts

Michael Ingalsby, Cape May Court House-Bronze, Culinary Arts



Ernest Noseda Jr., Vineland-Food Service Management Specialization and Hospitality

Marketing Specialist Certificate

Santos Ramirez, Vineland-Silver, Culinary Arts

Louie Sumpter, Vineland-Bronze, Culinary Arts



Jessica Castronova, Newfield-Silver, Culinary Arts

Jenna Celius, Williamstown-Baking and Pastry Specialization

Manuel Gonzalez, Glassboro-Certificate, Culinary Arts and Hot Food Specialization



Bridget Fiocco, Toms River-Gold, Baking and Pastry

Rita Janssen, Island Heights-Gold, Culinary Arts



Stephanie Condron, Glendolden, 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, afternoon or evening sessions from January through May and August through December. Part-time and evening classes are also available.

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 on the Academy of Culinary Arts, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, e-mail, or visit the ACA online at