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June 18, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the customers of family-owned DiBartolo Bakery in Collingswood, it's no secret that Al DiBartolo and pastry chef Manny Agigian are artists in aprons. Think fanciful cake sculptures, freehand buttercream blossoms, to-die-for towers of fudge and chocolate mousse. Great baking, for sure. But do these Jersey guys have what it takes to be the Next Great Baker ? Tune in next Tuesday at 9 p.m. Season Four of the TLC cooking competition show starts with 10 baking teams from around the country, including Agigian, 33, and DiBartolo, 39, a cake artist.
NEWS
December 5, 2014
R ONIT TEHRANI, 26, of Overbrook Farms, is co-founder (with Edward Kraftmann, 29, of Bala Cynwyd; and Jonathan Krause, 20, of Teaneck, N.J.) of So2Speak.org, a nonprofit group that combines speech and education to empower youth. It consists of two main programs: Strive2Speak, which enhances speech fluency, and Education2Enrichment, an after-school lounge for middle- and high-school students in Bala Cynwyd. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for So2Speak? A: Edward and I started a nonprofit and wanted to reach more people because originally it was to help students with speech impediments.
NEWS
April 18, 2000 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Caryl Atmajian began sewing as a way to stretch her budget, and discovered a career. She was studying at Philadelphia College of Bible to become an English teacher when she decided home economics was her true love. Atmajian used the memory of that moment to develop Senior Seminar Field Experience, a career-selection course that won her the state level National Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year Award. "I remember I was sewing, and I suddenly said to myself, 'I love this.
NEWS
November 30, 2003 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Being a chef is not just about making the perfect sauce, said Stephen O'Donnell, who has worked in professional kitchens for 25 years. Food must be ordered, equipment checked, people managed, and menus planned. And expect long hours on holidays and weekends, the Downingtown resident said. "But that's something we accept. Those who stay in it long-term really love it," he said. O'Donnell is the coordinator of a chef-apprentice program that will begin in January at Montgomery County Community College.
NEWS
May 15, 1994 | By Patricia Bathurst, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Brian McCleish got an early graduation present from the Pitman Board of Education: a round-trip airline ticket. The ticket will allow McCleish, 18, to take part in his high school graduation ceremony June 21 and get back to Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island in time for his second full day of classes as an advanced- placement student in culinary arts. Not bad for a guy whose folks and teachers figured him for a dropout just two years ago. "He was a gifted student in elementary school," said his mother, Linda Hess.
NEWS
November 18, 1997 | By Heather Moore, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Thomas V. Crow maintains a school that, when it was built 28 years ago, won the prestigious Distinguished Building Award from the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The 144,000 square feet of brown bricks and white columns that make up the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology were considered the cutting-edge of 1970s educational architecture. So why can't Crow, building and grounds supervisor, find new parts for much of his school's equipment? And why must he position trash cans under ceilings to catch drips from a leaky roof?
NEWS
May 22, 2001 | By Louise Harbach INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Three longtime employees who are retiring from Camden County College this year were honored Saturday during commencement festivities. The college is conferring emeritus status on Dorrell Biddle of Mount Laurel, a professor of biology at the college since 1969, and Anthony L. Tumolo of Havertown, Delaware County, a professor of chemistry since 1973. Catherine "Kitty" Hewitt of Laurel Springs received the Camden County College Presidential Medal for her service to the college.
NEWS
April 6, 2010 | By DAFNEY TALES, talesd@phillynews.com 215-854-5084
How many surprises can one culinary-arts teacher and a group of her budding chefs take in one day? At last count, at least three. TV host Rachael Ray was in town yesterday to unveil a new kitchen she gifted to Frankford High teacher Wilma Stephenson, a no-nonsense instructor with a loving touch. Then there was barely a dry eye in the room when Ray announced that each student, all of whom are seniors, would receive a $5,000 scholarship from Ray's Yum-O! Foundation. "She needed it so bad," a tearful Stephenson said as she hugged a smiling Selena Brown, who accepted a certificate from Ray. Later, Ray called on fellow chef, TV personality and restaurateur Bobby Flay to christen the kitchen, and he whipped up the dish Chicken Chasseur for students.
SPORTS
October 7, 2012 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One day, instead of "Rodeo," his current nickname, he might answer to "Chef. " Renz Compton, a two-way standout for Frankford High's football team, is studying culinary arts and hopes it might eventually become his profession. Could he whip up, say, an awesome crème brûlée? "I can make anything," the 18-year-old said. "You give me the ingredients and I can make it. " At Frankford, Compton is learning the ins and outs of the trade under the watchful eye of longtime teacher Wilma Stephenson, who each year helps future chefs land scholarship money to culinary arts schools across the country.
SPORTS
October 7, 2012 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
One day, instead of "Rodeo," his current nickname, he might answer to "Chef. " Renz Compton, a two-way standout for Frankford High's football team, is studying culinary arts and hopes it might eventually become his profession. Could he whip up, say, an awesome crème brûlée? "I can make anything," the 18-year-old said. "You give me the ingredients and I can make it. " At Frankford, Compton is learning the ins and outs of the trade under the watchful eye of longtime teacher Wilma Stephenson, who each year helps future chefs land scholarship money to culinary arts schools across the country.
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