Alumni Profiles

  • At the Academy of Culinary Arts, we’re very proud of our alumni, who make such an impact on the growth and excellence of our program. Here are just a few of their success stories:

  • Alumna Joy Parham-Thomas '06Joy Parham-Thomas ’10

    Co-Owner, Urban Country Culinary Concepts 
    Philadelphia, Pa.

    Joy Parham-Thomas ’10 is co-owner of Urban Country Culinary Concepts, a catering company located in Philadelphia, and is a contestant on Season 12 of the Fox hit series Hell’s Kitchen. Read more about Chef Parham-Thomas

    Alumna Lindsay McClain (Walsh) '07Lindsay McClain (Walsh) ’07

    Chef de Cuisine, Jamonera
    Philadelphia, Pa.

    Lindsay is the Chef de Cuisine at Jamonera in Philadelphia, voted one of Philadelphia Magazine’s top 50 restaurants in 2013. Lindsay appeared on the Food Network’s Chopped, where she competed against three other professional chefs and won! Read more about Chef McClain.

    Alumna Kristin Butterworth '01Kristin Butterworth ’01

    Chef de Cuisine, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
    Farmington, Pa.

    Kristin Butterworth is chef de cuisine for Lautrec at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, one of only 28 restaurants in the world to hold both a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond award simultaneously. Read more about Chef Butterworth.

    Chef Sean Eckman, '00Sean Eckman ’00

    Executive Chef, Nemacolin Woodlands
    Farmington, Pa

    Sean Eckman is executive chef at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and is responsible for overseeing dining operations, management of over 200 associates, and menu creation for the resort’s award-winning restaurants. Read more about Chef Echman.

    Alumnus Jason Teears, '98Jason Teears ’98

    Director of Food and Nutrition Services
    Morrison Healthcare Food Services, Children’s Hospital
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Chef Teears is responsible for the day-to-day food operations at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, a 306-bed facility. Read more about Chef Teears.

    Alumnus Jeremy CritchfieldJeremy Critchfield ’93

    Chef and Co-Owner, Stone House Inn
    Farmington, Pa.

    In February of 2012, Jeremy Critchfield fulfilled his long-time dream of owning and operating his own restaurant by joining the historic Stone House Inn as chef and co-owner. Read more about Chef Critchfield.

    Chef Dominique Metcalf, '92Dominique Metcalfe ’92

    Executive Chef, Levy Restaurants
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Dominique Metcalfe is the executive chef for Levy Restaurants at the state-of-the-art David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Chef Metcalfe and her team are responsible for creating all of the cuisine for thousands of guests in the 600,000-square-foot convention center. Read more about Chef Metcalfe.