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 such...

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Justin Bogle

Chef de Cuisine, Le Coucou

"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. After...

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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...

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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 artful American restaurant, Ela, is located in Queen Village. Ela’s menu changes frequently throughout the year to reflect the season’s...

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Rocco Cima

CEO, Fuel Recharge Yourself, Inc.

"'I started working in restaurants at 13 and I fell in love with it...I came from an Italian family where food was always number one. In high school, I realized...

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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

"Chris attended The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, graduating in 2005 as valedictorian. Chris then moved to Chicago and began a campaign to work in some of the country’s...

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Marjorie Meek-Bradley

Executive Chef/Partner, Smoked & Stacked

"Marjorie Meek-Bradley is the chef and partner at Smoked & Stacked in Washington, DC. Marjorie, a California native, has lived...

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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. Together with...

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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 veggies-only fast-casual chain, HipCityVeg. When...

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Justin Swain

Executive Chef, Rex 1516

"When his girlfriend noticed this former bike messenger and CAPA art school graduate pouring his energy into cooking every night, she urged him to enroll in The Restaurant School at...

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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

Corporate Sales Manager, The Westin Mount Laurel

"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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