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Iron Student Chef Winners Announced

April 27, 2010

Sixteen culinary students gathered in Careme's gourmet restaurant on the campus of Atlantic Cape Community College to get their cooking orders on April 27. 

At 9 a.m. sharp, it was time to start the Iron Student Chef competition sponsored by the Culinary Student Association at Atlantic Cape's Academy of Culinary Arts. The students were organized into four teams of four. Their mission: to create four dishes, each incorporating a tightly guarded secret ingredient revealed only minutes before the start of cooking. The teams were given 15 minutes to create recipes and 90 minutes to cook. 

The secret ingredient to be included in each team's four dishes, from appetizers to entrees to desserts: chocolate. The teams were given chocolate and a variety of other ingredients and told to produce two plates for each dish, one for display, and the other for judging.

The first place trophy-winning team included: Nikki DiCicco of Moorestown, Nicholas Heishman of North Cape May, Andrew Hackett of Bridgeton and Nicholas Persons of Atlantic City.  

The second place team, silver medal winners: Jorjiana Costantino of Margate City, Joe DiMatteo of Newfield, Tiffany Seaman of Bayville and Ashley Tharp of Mays Landing.

The bronze medal third place team: Savannah DeJesus of Malaga, Joshua Miller of Mullica Hill, Hanais Montero of Vineland and Lisa Smith of Seaville.

The Academy hosts the Iron Student Chef competition each spring. For more information on the Academy of Culinary Arts, call (800) 645-CHEF or visit