Alumni in the News

Alumni in the News – February 2021

Kevin Reading, A.S. in Culinary Arts ’96

Bob Yesbek from the Cape Gazette revisits Walnut Hill College graduate, Kevin Reading, an entrepreneur, chef, and owner of two Rehoboth fine-dining restaurants to get the story of him landing his first restaurant job at the age of 14.

Courtesy of Cape Gazette

From the Cape Gazette:

Anyone who has followed over the last 15 years or so will recognize the name Kevin Reading. This entrepreneur, chef, and owner created two of Rehoboth’s most memorable fine-dining spots – one of which is still going strong. But there’s a back story (I hope so – or this page would be blank).  Reading landed his first restaurant job bussing tables and serving – all at the tender age of 14.

He quickly moved up the ranks to be general manager of a West Palm Beach eatery where he found himself faced with the difficult task of confronting the head chef about how long customers were waiting for their food. Seasoned GMs know that some chefs hide their insecurities and lack of confidence by making themselves intimidating and unapproachable. Kevin’s clash over ticket times (which he won, by the way) was a defining moment, and he realized that to be successful he had to be able to do every job in the place – including the chef’s. So in 1994, he enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at The Philadelphia Restaurant School (now The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College). Read more…

Read additional coverage of Kevin Reading by Cape Gazette:

Kevin Reading Hits The Jackpot Once Again

Success is The Antidote to “Restaurant ADD”

Aqua Grill in Rehoboth Gets New Owners

Kenisha Sutherland, B.S. Culinary Arts, ’13

Meg Ryan from DelawareToday recognizes Delaware’s Queens of Cuisine as they Take Charge of the Local Food Scene.

Chef Kenisha Sutherland, also known as Chef ThugLife, is a Bachelor of Science graduate of the Culinary Arts program in 2013 and shares what led her to create her catering company, her experiences with diversity and adversity in the industry, and working with community food programs during COVID-19 to embrace the basic principle of hospitality.

Courtesy of DelawareToday

Read more from DelawareToday:

For Sutherland, cooking came second; she thought she’d become an auto mechanic. But by her junior year at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown, she was drawn to a culinary path and later attended The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia. 

Cooking comes naturally to Sutherland, who learned from her Trinidadian mother how to make breads and other dishes.  

In culinary school, she was given a nickname after a silly conversation with a classmate. Now as Chef ThugLife, Sutherland has turned a joke into a conversation, aiming to break down the negative connotations around the word “thug.” 

“I like the name because I want to bring a different meaning to what a thug is,” she says. “To me, it’s just a person who gets things done by any means necessary. It doesn’t have to mean that you’re inflicting violence on a person, that’s just kind of the negative connotation that’s around that word. I really want people to have quality food and people to have access to quality food.”

Sutherland runs a catering business currently operating at low capacity due to COVID-19, but also works with community food programs and is studying food and nutrition sciences at Delaware State University to become a dietician. Chef ThugLife’s logo is a pineapple, the international sign of hospitality.  Read more…

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February is the Sweetest Month at WHC

February could not be any sweeter! ???????????? 

Join us as we celebrate chocolate all month! Specialty items are available in the pastry shop! Check the schedule below and our Instagram and Facebook pages for details.



You can also stop by our WHC Pastry Shop to pick up a treat…or two! If you have questions about offerings and availability, give us a call and we’d be happy to let you know what’s in stock that day!  

Pastry Shop at Walnut Hill College
4207 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104



Walnut Hill College Presents Free Recipe E-Books for All Occasions

Walnut Hill College Presents Free Recipe E-Books for All Occasions

Walnut Hill College Chef, Faculty, and Staff join forces to bring you their favorite home recipes for the holidays and beyond. 

One hundred percent of our Chefs, Faculty, and Staff submitted their favorite recipes to give our students, parents, and our community members easy access to time-tested recipes from their kitchens to yours. 

We present our beautifully crafted (and complimentary!) recipe e-books for your cooking pleasure! Our Chefs come from all professional and personal backgrounds and we’re sure you’ll find plenty of recipes to love and try in your own home, year after year. 

Check out all of our recipes on our e-book library directory and make sure to bookmark this page for future access! We are going to bring you more e-books throughout the year that will cover a range of topics and experiences. 

Below is a sample of some of our e-books that we think you will enjoy! 

Thanksgiving celebration 2020: A collection of recipes, memories, and more

We are thrilled to present a special gift for you: Thanksgiving Celebration: A Collection of Recipes, Memories, and More. This gift to you is extra-special considering that every single faculty, administrator, and staff member-submitted recipes as a gift to you this holiday season, and we mean EVERYONE! From our deans to our retail clerks and purchasing staff, we’re thrilled to have an incredible 100% participation from our WHC family.

This Thanksgiving holiday is truly a time to give thanks and express gratitude. This is our way of thanking you for sharing your goals and dreams with us; earning your degree and launching amazing careers. This year, all of us have been feeling the extra challenge. What better way to renew our collective-pledge than to focus on you and your career.

Bistro Perrier Sept Poissons 2020

Each Christmas Eve Italian-Americans celebrate with a special dinner “The Feast of the Seven Fishes”… This year, in honor of our renowned Master-in-Residence, Chef Georges Perrier, my creative colleagues, Meghan Bloome and Todd Braley, credited a beautiful keep-sake e-book Bistro Perrier Sept Poissons” as a French version of the seven-fish dinner.

Special Note:

Yes, on page 13 that is Georges Perrier serving Julia Child, at the home of a dear friend, Chef Esther Press. And that is me in the background talking with the owner of Le Bus, David Braverman. David is also a graduate. During that very special evening, Esther invited the “crème de la crème” to her home to dine with Julia Child. In looking at the galaxy of stars gathered at Esther’s beautiful home, I realized “There is no reason for anyone to go to dinner tonight because every great chef is here!”.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Recipes 2020

As the new year approaches, everyone in the world has many reasons to celebrate; a year filled with hope, promises, and great health. There is no better way to celebrate a new beginning than with delicious food and great hospitality. Our fantastic Student Life team along with our faculty and staff have created a 34-page book featuring recipes for wonderful beverages, savory bites, and sweet treats.







Healthy Cooking & Lifestyle 2021

2021; this new year is the beginning of new goals and achievements, and a return to those dreams and missions that guided us through 2020. Everyone in the Walnut Hill College community has similar goals for the new year; to be healthy and create a revived lifestyle. One of the greatest enhancements to our health will be to reaffirm our studies and investment in our careers. Look ahead and notice there is nothing stopping you now. 2021 – here we come!


Share With Us!

We look forward to bringing you more complimentary recipe books in the coming months and hope to see your dishes! Make sure to tag @walnuthillcollege in your posts on Instagram and Facebook to show off your delicious creations. 

Happy Cooking!