Culinary Alumni Class Notes for June 2011

Posted on 6/13/2011 12:17:52 PM

Culinary and Baking graduates of the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts have many success stories to share. Here is our latest alumni news:

If you are a graduate of our program, please update your alumni information and we will include your profile in our next Class Notes news post.

Alumna Heidi May


Heidi May

is executive chef at Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania. She is in charge of a “small but mighty staff,” and oversees the banquet department and Victor’s Restaurant.


Kelly Jack

is the catering supervisor at Parkhurst Dining Services at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. His catering services offer the highest quality, freshest ingredients with an emphasis on using food from local farms and artisans.


Eric McHugh

is the private events chef for Chef Daniel Stern’s restaurant R2L in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Alumnus Bryan Gorton


Bryan Gorton

is a sous chef at the French four-star, four-diamond restaurant Chez Phillippe at the Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee. Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from IUP.


Jessica Connerby

is a teacher’s assistant in the Pastry Arts department at Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Pete Tolman

is a gourmet chef at Market District, a Giant Eagle corporation. Market District offers a unique culinary, dining, and shopping experience featuring food from around the world, live cooking demonstrations, and celebrity chef appearances.

Heidi Miller

is head baker at Sweet Tammy’s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sweet Tammy’s is a kosher/non-dairy bakery located in Squirrel Hill.


Daniel Diller

is a sous chef and pastry chef at U.S. Hotel and Tavern in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. The hotel dates back to 1835 and offers four beautifully restored restaurants.

Jillian MacPherson

is a pastry cook II at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. The Biltmore is a four-star resort and ranks in the top ten of America’s Favorite Architecture.

Kelly Rainey

is a cook II at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. Kelly works at the Galley Restaurant, a fun restaurant with a nautical atmosphere. The Galley is open for dinner only. Specialties include fresh fish, delicious pasta dishes, and pizzas cooked in the wood-burning oven.

Jason Shafer

is a cook II at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Ryan Troia

is a cook at the upscale Andora Restaurant in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. The menu features a twist on the food of Andorra, a country in southwest Europe.