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Chef Michael Schlow, ’87 ACA, is heating up the restaurant scene in Boston. His fifth Boston-area restaurant, 606 Congress, is now open at the new Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. He describes the restaurant’s cuisine as modern American. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, two private dining rooms, an exhibition kitchen and a communal chef’s table. This new venture joins Schlow’s existing restaurants, Radius, Via Matta, Great Bay and Alta Strada. In addition, Radius’s burger won the Amstel Light Burger Bash, Feb. 21, at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival hosted by Rachael Ray.

Alumni updates

ACA grads Terence (’88) and Patrick (’89) Feury have been making waves along the regional culinary scene for years. The brothers, raised in Middletown, previously distinguished themselves at various upscale eateries in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Atlantic City. They are now primed to open their own much-anticipated establishment in Villanova, to be called Maia, in May. The trendy new restaurant will feature hip neo-rustic décor and an adventurous menu with a special emphasis on Alsace and Scandinavian influences. Maia also will feature the best in local fruits and produce.

Stephanie George ’89 is an elementary school teacher for Atlantic City Public Schools. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2006.

Evelyn Benton, ’89 ACA, director of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey—Southern Branch, and Deborah Pellegrino, ’91 ACA, executive pastry chef, at Harrah’s/Showboat, were two of the judges at the Lick Hunger Ice Cream Challenge in March. The Academy of Culinary Arts organized the contest, where students created original flavors. The winning flavors are being sold at Lindy Hops Ice Cream with proceeds going to the food bank.

Former ACA student Ted Iwachiw, ’91, owns the trendy nouvelle cuisine establishment called Ted’s on Main, 20 S. Main St., Medford. The eatery received a glowing review in the Camden Courier-Post, which specifically mentioned Ted’s superb crab cakes, New England clam chowder and trendy yet warm ambience. The reviewer gave it four-and-a-half stars, a rating of very good to excellent. The restaurant also received a “very good” review in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

ACA alum Michael Williams, ’92, was featured in the new What’s On Atlantic City magazine. Williams, who has been a chef at various casino restaurants for years, recalled such memorable experiences as cooking for Frank Sinatra.

Michael England, ’99 ACA, is executive chef at The Palm in Atlantic City. He received the prestigious President’s Award from the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey in February and was featured in Atlantic City Weekly. In honoring England, 30, the association’s president Willie Lewis said, “Chef England displayed the highest standard of culinary skills, care for customers and dedication to his kitchen and food quality, which is why he was given this year’s award. It is an achievement alone to reach the executive chef position at such a young age.”

ACA grad Amanda Nahas-Christodoulou, ’00, was featured in Atlantic City Weekly’s Forty Under Forty. She is Chef/Owner of From Scratch, a personal chef company. The silver-medal graduate’s business primarily serves those who need specialized and medical diets. She serves on the board of Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund and is the Noogieland Chef at Gilda’s Club South Jersey. She has taught nutrition workshops in Atlantic City to mothers who are on government assistance and worked with the Atlantic County Women’s Center. She lives in Egg Harbor Township with her husband, Alex.

Stacey Bertonazzi, ’02, who has been blind since the age of three months, was featured in an article about her work as a teacher of Braille and computers at the Margaret Winchester Enrichment Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Hopewell Township in The Press of Atlantic City.

Jeremy Smith, ’03 ACA and a senior at Rowan University, is beginning his own business, A Taste of Romance. He will prepare and ship gourmet meals for two to his customers.

Amy Goffio, ’04 ACA, is chef de cuisine for student dining at Columbia University in New York City. She recently wrote a guest column for Ed Hitzel’s Restaurant Magazine about her experiences trying to please the diverse palates of college students.

Andrew Sciarretta, ’06 ACA, was named executive sous chef at Sonsie at The Pier Shops at Caesars Atlantic City. Sciarretta lives in Vineland.

ACCC General Studies graduate Mark Beamer, ’06, was the subject of a profile in the Vineland Daily Journal, which showcased his budding success as an entrepreneur. In addition to holding down a full-time job at South Jersey Gas Co., Beamer—who hails from Collings Lakes—also runs his own, successful computer products and service company called Beamer Computers Inc., in Folsom.

ACA grad Julie Pearce, ’07, is manager and decorator at the acclaimed Cake Lady Bakery in Marmora. The upscale bakery is known for its exquisite cakes for weddings and other special occasions.

ACA grad James Moran, ’07, is the sous chef at the newly opened Pinziminzio Trattoria restaurant in Brighton Beach.