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About the owner CHEF AL

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Alan L. Romano is an award-winning Certified Executive Chef with more than 35 years in the culinary arts profession. 

A native of New York, Al earned his culinary arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY; and, obtained a degree in hotel/restaurant management from West Chester Community College in Valhalla, NY.

Throughout his varied career, Chef Al has always had a passion and talent for creating beautiful and unique works of art from ice. His creations have been featured in movies, television commercials, and special events across the nation. 

In 1999, Al started ‘Fire and Ice’, a company specializing in custom ice sculptures, and manufacturing crystal-clear block ice for carving and food styling for the visual arts.

After progressing through the ranks in the kitchen and working in several highly-rated restaurants in the Big Apple, Chef Al moved to North Carolina. Al has is a Chef Instructor/Assistant Professor at Guilford Technical Community College, sharing his industry experiences and culinary knowledge with students about to enter the food service industry.

You can watch Chef Al promoting culinary arts and demonstrating cooking techniques on his regular appearances on Fox 8, WGHP.

In addition to being a CEC, Al is a Certified Culinary Educators and Certified Culinary Examiner Trainer. He was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs in 2001 (the honor society for the American Culinary Foundation) and serves as the Southeastern Director for the Academy. 

Al has won numerous medals and awards including:

 2001 Chef of the Year

2004 Chef of the Year 

The Cutting Edge Award in 2012 from The American Culinary Federation which honors professionals for the service and contributions to the culinary profession. Al was also honored the same year with an award from the American Academy of Chefs for dedication and contributions to the Academy.   

Chef Al believes in giving back to the community. He has been volunteering with Chef and Child, educating children and their families about nutrition and food preparation, for more than 25 years. He participates in charity motorcycle rides; and, dedicates his time and talents to support many veterans’ causes. 

Al resides in Winston Salem, NC with wife Stacey and his dog Princess. His two daughters currently work in food service. His two step-sons also have worked in it also. When he’s not teaching, cutting ice, or with his family, Al loves to ride his Harley or show off his 1975 Corvette Stingray.

    


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