Culinary Alumni Class Notes, September 2011

Posted on 9/29/2011 12:22:48 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.


James Sones

is the purchasing chef at IUP Academy of Culinary Arts. Chef Sones is responsible for the ordering and distribution of food and supplies for the Academy of Culinary Arts. His responsibilities also include managing the purchasing budget.


Nicholas Williamson

is the general manager/executive chef at Tonelli’s Pizza Pub in Horsham, Pa. The restaurant is on track to exceed four million dollars in sales this year; a second location is in the works.


Zachary Dollak

is the co-owner of Milano Italian Steakhouse in Old Forge, Pa. Standouts on Milano’s menu include the sixteen-ounce Delmonico steaks with house-made glazes, the baked gnocchis, and the pan-seared scallops with wild mushroom risotto and white wine cream sauce.


Justin McComas

is a sous chef at Cedric’s Tavern at the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. Cedric’s Tavern is one of many dining locations at the Biltmore. The tavern’s cuisine pays tribute to the neighborhood pubs of Britain and Ireland.


Carrie Berkey

is the chef/manager at Indian Lake Resort in Indian Lake, Pa. Indian Lake Resort is a full-function resort located in the Laurel Highlands.


Alex Ochs

is the chef de cuisine at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Desert Mountain Club is one of the world's premier private, residential communities with six championship Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses. Alex is responsible for the Mexican-Southwestern restaurant on property.


Heather McNeil

is a barista and caterer at Dornans in Moose, Wyo. Dornans is a family-owned/operated resort located in the heart of the Jackson Hole Valley in Wyoming.

’07 Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry

Amber Kunselman

is a former pastry chef at Sugar Cafe in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Dormont). Sugar Cafe offered home-style breakfast and lunch menus, as well as gourmet pastries and cakes all house-made from scratch daily. Amber is also doing some independent work and has created a website showcasing her creations.