2017 Community Honoree
Steven Brady, of Marmora, has served on the Board of Governors of the New Jersey League of Community Bankers, been a member of the Government Affairs Council and the Legislative and Regulatory Committee, and is a former member of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Advisory Board. He is a charter member of the local 200 Club, advisory board member of the South Jersey AIDS Alliance and former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, as well as many other local organizations. He holds a B.S. in accounting and business administration from Widener University and has served as an adjunct instructor at Atlantic Cape Community College.
2017 Academy of Culinary Arts Honoree
Chef George Kyrtatas
Chef George Kyrtatas is one of the pioneers of Modern Greek Cuisine in the United States. Since publishing his Greek Cookbook, My Big Fat Greek Feast in 2004, Greek Cuisine in the United States has been booming and George has been helping to herald in a new age for Greek cooking in America.
Having held a steady position in the American media for nearly a decade, he is nationally known for his food styling and photography, his warm and approachable personality and his simple, easy-to-follow, award-winning recipes.
Chef Kyrtatas’ culinary career started at the young age of 8 when his parents entered the restaurant business. George then entered and graduated from the Academy of Culinary Arts (ACA) with a gold medal. George was also the youngest person ever to become a Certified Chef de Cuisine from the American Culinary Federation (age 20). After graduation from the ACA George went into the family business, but he didn’t stop there. George built a culinary career landing prestigious awards such as, top 4 Greek Chefs in the world (voted in Greece), Top 5 Chefs of New Jersey and winner of the Hospitality Award for the State of NJ by the NJRHA.
Through the years, Chef Kyrtatas’ passion for cooking extended into his desire to give back to the community. He helped raise money for local charities such as the Play it to Win Foundation, Benefit Young friends of Team Jamaica and City of Hope. George also continues to give back to his alma mater as a member of the advisory committee for the Academy of Culinary Arts.
When Chef Kyrtatas is not at one of his restaurants, filming, writing, teaching, or helping out with the community, he enjoys quality time with his wife Frances and his daughters, Katerina and Antoinette.