Caterers and Event Planners

Peter Ziegelmeier ’00, Private Yacht Chef/Author

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Lynbrook, NY Cooking on a the Waves Peter Ziegelmeier has what some people would call a dream job. As a private yacht chef, he is on call and ready to grab his knives for chartered voyages on the high seas. His clientele ranges from celebrities to titans of industry to media moguls—all of whom … [Read more...]

Meg Santoni ’12, Catering Chef, Urban Kitchen Group

Certificate: ACAP Campus: St. Helena, CA Hometown: San Diego For the Love of Science How did a pre-med student with an interest in science and the inner workings of the human body come to study culinary arts at the CIA? For Meg Santoni ’12, cooking was a way to help defuse the stress of difficult classes in her chosen field of study at San Diego State University. “I found reading recipes … [Read more...]

Jaime Lepe ’08, Catering Manager, Mexico Lindo and Tropical Mexico

Certificate: Accelerated Culinary Arts Program (ACAP) Hometown: Ontario, CA Building the Skills to Help the Family Business Thrive Jaime Lepe, Jr. ’08 grew up in the restaurant business. His father is president and treasurer of JML Mexican Restaurant, Inc. in Pomona, CA, which owns Mexico Lindo and Tropical Mexico restaurants. “Every day after school, I would be at the restaurant until … [Read more...]

Jewels Quelly ’87, Owner of AngelFood Personal Chef Service

Shameless self-promotion, lots of organization, nerves of steel, and the ability to diversify are the keys to success as a personal chef, according to Jewels, owner of AngelFood Personal Chef Service. From her perspective, the hardest part of being a personal chef is the need to seek “re-employment” every day. And even though she has been in business for 12 years, she continues to market … [Read more...]

Christine Nunn ’87, Executive Chef of Grange and Picnic on the Square

Fair Lawn, NJ native Christine Nunn is a big fan of picnics, so much so she adopted the moniker for several businesses during her successful career in the food industry. As executive chef at both the farm-to-table concept Grange in Westwood, NJ and Picnic on the Square in Ridgewood, NJ, she’s plenty busy.  That’s just fine with Christine because she’s making a living doing something she truly … [Read more...]

Eric LeVine ’90, Chef/Partner Morris Tap and Grill

Whether he is preparing delicious food, managing an event, writing a book, or fighting a tenacious disease, Eric LeVine is a man with a mission. When Eric was a youngster, he hated school, skipped classes on a regular basis, and was finding trouble around most every corner. His grandfather, a certified master butcher who had emigrated from Germany after World War II, had some pretty firm ideas … [Read more...]