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Alumni Updates

Eric Hegyi ’84 ACA, executive chef at Peter Shields Inn in Cape May, was featured in The Press of Atlantic City’s Edge magazine. A southern New Jersey native from Haddonfield, Hegyi trained at the Academy of Culinary Arts and has worked in and around the Cape May area since graduating. For Hegyi, preparing food is an exercise in creativity. He is always seeking new ways to excite the taste buds of his diners. “I like to take old favorites and give them a twist,” Hegyi said. He spent “a year or two at college as a biology major, but later transferred to the Academy,” he said. Hegyi has attracted a loyal clientele. “That’s my best award, having a regular clientele,” Hegyi said.

Chef Andrew Tuano ’86 ACA was named executive chef for all food and beverage operations at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Chef Tuano brings years of experience to this multi-faceted position with Well Bread Catering in which he will oversee all catering operations, banquets, weddings, parties, corporate functions and concessions for the 260,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art convention and entertainment facility. Chef Tuano most recently was the executive sous chef for Congress Hall Hotel. His experience also includes the Martini Beach Restaurant, Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast, The Chalfonte Hotel, Twinning Tea Room and Washington Inn, all in Cape May, as well as the Forks Inn in Sweetwater.

Alumni updates

Michael Schlow ’87 ACA was featured in Food and Wine magazine’s July issue. “For years, Schlow has impressed Bostonians at both his fancy Asian-French Radius and the Italian Via Matta,” the article stated. “Now, with Alta Strada in Wellesley, he’s brought his top-notch Italian cooking to the suburbs.” In addition to his enormously popular Radius, which he opened in 1999, Schlow is executive chef and co-owner of two other Boston restaurants, Via Matta and Great Bay, and owner of Alta Strada, which reflects his affinity for regional Italian food. He opened a second Alta Strada at the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Recipes for Schlow’s 10-Minute Tomato Sauce and Lemon-Herb Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Walnuts are available from the Food and Wine Web site: http://www.foodandwine.com/bestnewchefs/?year=1996&chef=49B93804-0E35-47BE-BDA0619183A49A30.

John Rellah Jr., ’89 ACA and executive chef at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, was a semifinalist in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or USA culinary competition in September. The Florida contest was a pre-qualifying event for the international Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France. Rellah has worked at the Lespinasse Restaurant in the St. Regis Hotel and Le Bernardin Restaurant in New York City. Eight teams competed in the two-day event at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Rellah prepared elaborate fish and meat platters for a panel of judges before a live audience.

Tim Hand ’93 ACA runs Capt. Tate’s Tackle Box and Seafood Market in Dennisville. The eatery is open seven days a week and offers a full take-out menu featuring fresh sandwiches and, of course, seafood. Hand formerly worked at The Washington Inn and took time off from his culinary career after a kitchen injury.

Brandy (Mischlich) Ehrke, ’94, earned a Master of Science degree in Specialization, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She teaches second grade at the Mullica Township School in Elwood. Proud dad is retired ACCC Security Officer Mitch Mischlich.

Robert Nolan ’94 is running for a second term on Lower Township Town Council. Nolan is a captain in the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office.

Cailin Callahan ’05 released her album “Next Time” earlier this year. In an article in the Atlantic Cape Review, Callahan cites musicians Bonnie Raitt, Ben Taylor and Tracy Chapman as influences on her music.

ACCC alumna Christina Martin Murphy of Marmora, who has worked at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point since 1999, was named the hospital’s Employee of the Month for July. She is the hospital’s library, media and educational services coordinator.

Alum George Hallett of North Wildwood is the Democratic candidate for Cape May County Sheriff. He is a Vietnam veteran and former Secret Service officer. From 1999-2008 he investigated insurance fraud for the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. He told the Ocean City Sentinel he is running for office because he has the leadership skills “to ensure the safety of the citizens of Cape May County and the officers in the correctional facility and the sheriff’s deputies in the court house.”