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Dave Dukehart ’00 ACA is chef at Brenner’s Steakhouse, a 70-year-old restaurant in Texas. Dukehart stands by the traditions of the restaurant while featuring new entrees nightly. “Fish features are my favorite because of the abundance of fresh local seafood and the opportunity to bring in contrasting flavors, something important I learned to do at ACCC,” Dukehart told Continental.Com Magazine.

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Matthew McElmoyle ’98 ACA took over Oliver, a bistro in Bordentown, in June 2006. The restaurant is mainly open for lunch, but offers dinner on the weekends. The menu includes an extensive list of soups and sandwiches and decadent desserts by Pastry Chef James Berry ’98 ACA. Both chefs previously worked together at Sails in Somers Point.

Jonathan Karp ’92 ACA and Joe Sheridan ’96 ACA served as judges at the Academy of Culinary Arts’ third Iron Student Chef competition in February. Karp, who is opening New York 151 this spring in Atlantic City, and Sheridan, executive sous chef at Showboat Casino Hotel, tasted the creations of five teams whose dishes revolved around one secret ingredient: eggplant.

ACA graduate Stephanie Steliga ’91 was featured in Gulf Coast Magazine in an article titled, The Queens and Kings of Pastry. The article featured seven top pastry chefs and their favorite recipes. After graduating from the ACA, Stephanie worked for Desserts International in Exton, Pa., Trump Castle Casino Resort, Four Seasons Ocean Grand in Palm Beach, FL; Vonaventure Resort and Spa in Weston; and Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. She now works at Café L’Europe in Palm Beach. The article mentions that she graduated from the Academy of Culinary Arts. When asked who her biggest mentors are, she said, “When I attended culinary arts college, Chef Urlich Eisele and Chef Daniel Matt challenged me to go beyond what I thought I could do and then pushed me harder.”

Patrick Feury ’89 ACA will open a new restaurant called Maia this winter in Villanova, Pa. The restaurant will feature the “Best of the Wurst,” including homemade knockwurst, bratwurst and frankfurters on poppy-seed rolls. Feury is also chef at Nectar in Berwyn, Pa.

ACCC nursing student Roxane Krivitski, an ’88 business administration graduate and nursing unit clerk at Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital, received the Service Excellence of the Month Award for November due to her take-charge attitude and organizational skills.

Kenny Stelmack ’88 ACA was featured in an article in the Courier-Post about his bid to retain his title at the 2007 Jersey Shore Best of the Best Chefs Cook-Off in Ocean County. Kenny won the inaugural Iron Chef-type competition last year incorporating the mystery ingredient--wild boar--into his final dish. Stelmack came in fourth at this year’s competition in February.

Nursing grad Scherri Rucker-Graves ’85 operates Atlantic City’s Mobile Health Unit, which provides free HIV testing. She was featured in an article in The Press of Atlantic City on the service.