February 10, 2017
Vivian Howard (Culinary Arts ‘03): Vivian was recently profiled in The New York Times, offering insight on reviving communities through food. Her restaurant, Chef & the Farmer, located in her hometown of Kinston, NC, and recognized for attracting talents from the best professional kitchens in the South, maintains a positive impact on the small town’s cultural landscape.
Dom Tesoriero (Culinary Arts ‘05): ICE alum and Food Network Star Dom Tesoriero’s first location in Wayne, NJ’s Willowbrook Mall was featured in the Daily Voice. The menu features items like buffalo chicken mac and cheese, pulled pork mac and cheese and the option to build your own mac and cheese creations. Dom’s food business concept began with his Mac Truck, a popular food truck throughout NYC and NJ.
Keum-Sook Park (Pastry Arts ‘97 ): Sook was featured on NJ.com for her pastry shop in Ridgewood, NJ, Sook Pastry. Sook grew up on delicate pastries made by her mother and studied Pastry & Baking Arts at ICE before working in acclaimed restaurants Jean-Georges and Le Bernardin. Sook’s husband and business partner Izzy Yanay takes pride in his wife’s pastry work and the menu items she’s created for the shop. He stresses: “Everything we do is Sook…Sook is the pearl of Bergen County.”
Adam Vuksanic (Culinary Arts ‘12): Adam began working at Francesca Pizza and Pasta in Elmwood Park, NJ, when he was still a student at Glen Rock High School. Today, he is a co-owner of the business, along with founder Salvatore Reina. Recently profiled in the Daily Voice, Adam worked his way up to co-ownership and took his time learning all aspects of the pizza business. “I loved the entrepreneurial aspects and seeing the business grow from day one. It went from a little busy to nuts every day.”
Jermaine Jonas (Culinary Management ‘06): Jermaine, the head chef of Ginger Juice, was recently featured in Style Weekly. Formerly the founding executive chef for Juice Press, one of the largest juice companies in NYC, Jonas brings bright flavors to the Ginger Juice menu and, if you ask, he’ll help you choose which juice goes best with your meal. Ginger Juice owner Erin Powell teamed up with Jermaine to create more full-service, grab-and-go options for her menu, including the addition of breakfast, soups, snacks and sandwiches.