Top Chef contestants. Zagat 30 Under 30 honorees. Michelin Star recipients.

These are just a few of the many amazing accomplishments of our talented alumni. Take a look at the success stories of some of the best and brightest.

David Ansill

Executive Chef, Bar Ferdinand

  "This Cheltenham native began his training at Philadelphia's The Restaurant School and spent the next 26 years honing his skills & perfecting dishes while cooking at renowned local favorites...

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Justin Bogle

Corporate Executive Chef, Garces Group

"Fresh out of culinary school back in 2002, Philly native Bogle began his career under Garces (and chef Douglas Rodriguez) at Alma de Cuba. Bogle then began working for chef...

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David Boyle

Executive Chef, Davio’s

"Born in this 'City of Brotherly Love,' David grew up in a suburb of Anchorage, AK, before returning to his roots and enrolling in the Restaurant School of Philadelphia." Learn...

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Charlotte Calmels

Co-Owner, Bibou BYOB and Le Chéri

"Charlotte Calmels is the charming and chatty GM and co-owner of Bibou, one of Philly's best restaurants. Calmels runs the countryside French bistro with her very talented husband/executive chef Pierre Calmels....

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Jonathan Cichon

Executive Chef, Lacroix

"Jonathan Cichon was named Executive Chef of Lacroix, the progressive, award-winning restaurant at The Rittenhouse hotel, in fall 2010. Known as one of Philadelphia's top rising star chefs, Cichon seamlessly...

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Jason Cichonski

Executive Chef/Owner, The Gaslight, Ela, and 1100 Social

"Chef Jason Cichonski is one of Philadelphia’s brightest rising star chefs. His creative, boundary-pushing presentations at his venerated Queen Village restaurant, Ela, have earned him accolades from press and public...

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Rocco Cima

CEO, Fuel Recharge Yourself, Inc.

"'In high school, I realized this was what I wanted to do.' Cima went on to graduate from Walnut Hill College’s culinary arts program, which included a month-long study in France."...

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Brian Duffy

Executive Chef/Consultant, CBD Solution and Television Chef Expert

"Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Chef Brian Duffy had his first experiences in the kitchen as a young child with his big Irish-Italian Family. Those experiences introduced him to...

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Michael Griffiths

Chef/Co-Owner, Helm

"Before starting Helm with friend and business partner Kevin D'Egidio, the pair used to talk about opening their own place while driving back from work along North Fifth Street. Rehabbing...

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Christopher Kearse

Executive Chef/Owner, Will BYOB

"One of Philadelphia’s most exciting chefs, Christopher Kearse, was born to cook....Chris attended the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, graduating in 2005 as valedictorian." Learn more about Christopher

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Marjorie Meek-Bradley

Executive Chef, Ripple and Roofers Union

"In her role as Executive Chef at Ripple and Roofers Union, Meek-Bradley brings fresh creativity and broad experience to both...

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Emilio Mignucci

Owner, Di Bruno Bros.

"Emilio Mignucci is one of three, third-generation family business owners who currently lead the Di Bruno Bros. Enterprise, a leading specialty food retailer that originated in Philadelphia’s Italian Market." Learn...

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Jessica Nolen

Chef/Owner, The Little Bird Bakery & Cafe

"For Little Bird’s owner and chef Jessica, it all started as a child. Jessica, inspired by her Grandfather’s chocolate chip cookies, began to bake and absorbed as much knowledge as...

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Frank Olivieri, Jr.

Owner, Pat’s King of Steaks

"Between bites of a breakfast 'Whiz wit' on a recent December morning, Olivieri, 51, recounted what it was like to grow up in South Philly as heir to the cheesesteak...

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Jacqueline Peccina-Kelly

Owner, Taste 4 Travel

"Trained at the prestigious Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chef Jacqueline Peccina-Kelly is a professional chef...

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Michelle Soda

Director of Operations, HipCityVeg

"Although she worked with high-end steakhouses Barclay Prime and Butcher & Singer during her six-year tenure with STARR Restaurants, it wasn’t too difficult for Soda to make the switch to...

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Justin Swain

Executive Chef, Rex 1516

"After starting as a line cook at 1601 and Bridget Foy’s, Swain joined Rex 1516 as opening sous under Regis Jansen. When his mentor fell ill in January 2013, he...

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Geno Vento

Owner, Geno’s Steaks

"Though nothing about the iconic cheesesteak itself has changed since Papa Vento's passing, Geno is steering the tourist attraction in a kinder, gentler direction, while staying true to his father’s...

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Brandon Webb

Front Office Manager, Sheraton Suites in Downtown Delaware

"I’ve always been personable. My mother always said that growing up, I'd go on vacation and make friends with everybody. I've always had that outgoing, personable nature and it’s something...

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