Jorge Collazo ’82, Executive Chef for the New York City Public School System

Jorge Collazo '82, Executive Chef for the New York City Public School System

As executive chef for the public school system, Jorge Collazo is on the front lines of New York City's school food revolution inspired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Child First initiative. Jorge is involved in training, developing culinary concepts, writing standards, reformulating recipes, and collaborating with manufacturers to offer superior nutritional choices to young students. Since he … [Read more...]

Maneet Chauhan ’00, Co-Owner and Executive Chef, Chauhan Ale & Masala House

Maneet Chauhan

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Ludhiana, India Best known as one of the panel of judges on the award-winning Food Network program, Chopped, Maneet Chauhan’s energy and creativity, combined with polished culinary skills and the courage to follow her passion, have proven to be the right ingredients for success. In … [Read more...]

Andrew Carmellini ’91, Executive Chef/Partner, NoHo Hospitality Group

Andrew Carmellini ’91, Chef/Owner Locanda Verde &The Dutch

Chef Andrew Carmellini has certainly been busy since his days as executive chef for Café Boulud, shaping dynamic and award-winning menus at his restaurant concepts under the NoHo Hospitality Group: Locanda Verde, The Dutch, Lafayette, and Bar Primi. From a family rich in food traditions, Chef Carmellini’s culinary passion is rooted in his childhood experiences in Seven Hills, OH. His enthusiasm … [Read more...]

Molly Brandt ’06, Chef de Cuisine 150 Central Park on Allure of the Seas

Molly Brandt '06 Chef de Cuisine of Allure of the Seas

Molly Brandt has been around water right from the start. In Stillwater, MN, where she grew up near the banks of the placid St. Croix River, kayakers can be seen paddling their way past the town. Today, you'll find Molly surrounded by water—the kind with waves, whitecaps, and an uninterrupted horizon. And she's not exactly paddling around in a tiny kayak, enjoying the scenery. Molly is aboard Royal … [Read more...]

Robert Kinsloe Bell ’87, Executive Chef Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro

Robert Kinsloe Bell ’87, Executive Chef Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro

It's clear that Robert Bell was destined to study at The Culinary Institute of America and become a chef. Not only was his uncle president of the National Restaurant Association, he was also a friend of Frances Roth, the visionary co-founder of the CIA. Robert began his culinary career as a foodservice specialist in the U.S. Army. After his tour of duty, he came directly to the CIA. With … [Read more...]

Jonathan Benno ’93, Executive Chef Lincoln

Jonathan Benno '93

Jonathan Benno spent 15 years in some of the nation's finest kitchens before working for renowned Chef Thomas Keller at Per Se. As chef de cuisine, Jonathan oversaw all aspects of the kitchen, and Food & Wine magazine recognized his talents by naming him one of its Best New Chefs of 2006. Also, the Mobil Travel Guide lauded Per Se as one of only 15 restaurants with a five-star rating, and the … [Read more...]

Bryan Voltaggio ’99 Chef and Restaurateur

Brian Voltaggio '99 Chef and Owner of VOLT

Bryan Voltaggio is the chef/owner of VOLT, a three-star restaurant located in his hometown of Frederick, MD and Range, the 14,000 foot market-style restaurant and retail spot located in the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion in Washington DC. Range opened in December 2012 with 300 seats and includes a charcuterie station, raw bar, rotisserie, bakery, wood fired hearth, candy counter, coffee bar, … [Read more...]

Chad Robertson ’93 and Elisabeth Prueitt, Owners of Tartine Bakery

Elisabeth Prueitt '93 and Chad Robertson '93 Owners of Tartine Bakery

Where can you find creative openness, a Zen-like attention to detail, and practical business sense all in one place? At Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, CA. That's where the husband and wife team of Chad Robertson ’93 and Elisabeth Prueitt spend their days setting a standard of excellence that is hard to match. Their work received national recognition when the couple shared the 2008 James Beard … [Read more...]

Clifford Pleau ’81, Vice President of Research & Development at Bloomin Brands, Inc.

Clifford Pleau '81 Executive chef of Seasons 52

Clifford Pleau is the vice president of research and development at Bloomin Brands, Inc., which operates and franchises more than 1,500 restaurants under five casual-dining brands including Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and Roy’s. Pleau’s focus will be on Bonefish Grill’s menu and the overall healthy menu infusion at … [Read more...]

Melissa Kelly ’88, Executive Chef of Primo Restaurant

Melissa Kelly ’88 Co-owner and Executive Chef of Primo Restaurant

Melissa Kelly is the executive chef and proprietor of Primo located in Rockland, Maine. She is the 1999 James Beard Foundation Awards winner for Best Chef, Northeast. Chef Kelly grew up on Long Island. Her earliest cooking lessons took place in her Italian grandmother’s kitchen. In fact, she still favors Mediterranean accented foods. Melissa attended the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, … [Read more...]