About Us

About the owner CHEF AL

  Alan L. Romano, CEC, CCE, ACE, AAC is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY with a degree in Culinary Arts and also a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY. A native New Yorker, Al has worked in many different types of food service and has over 35 years of experience. Some past positions were Executive Chef of Citicorp North America in New York; Executive Chef at the Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, VA; Executive Chef at Bermuda Run Country Club in Bermuda Run, NC; Chef -Instructor at Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC; the Director of Dining Services/Corporate Chef at Homestead Hills Retirement Community in Winston-Salem, NC. In 1999, Al started Fire & Ice, a company specializing in ice sculptures, manufacturing crystal clear block ice for carving and food styling for film and photo which has won many awards also.  Chef Romano has many television and radio credits for cooking, ice carving and just being funny. He has logged hundreds TV hours and is regularly on Fox 8 doing some kind of cooking or “Deal or Dud” segment. He has done some ice sculptures and food design (and has a small part in it) for the National Lampoon movie “Pucked” which was released in 2006 Staring Jon Bon Jovi. For the past 14 years he has been a full-time Chef Instructor at Guilford Technical Community College where he has been an adjunct Instructor for 10 years prior.  Chef Al is involved in the community with cooking, Ice sculpting, Charity motorcycle ride events and many Veteran causes. He is a Certified Executive Chefs (CEC), Certified Culinary Educators (CCE) and Certified Culinary Examiner Trainer as he regularly goes to FT. Lee military base in VA. and proctors ACF exams for the military joint armed forces.  He was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs in 2002 (the honor society for the ACF) and hold the position as Southeastern Director for the Academy. Al has won numerous medals and awards including Chef of the Year in 2001 and 2004. In 2012 he has won “The Cutting Edge Award’ 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.   Al resides in Winston Salem, NC with wife Stacey and his dog “Princess”. He has two daughters that are working in the food service and two stepsons which have worked in it also. When he’s not teaching, cutting ice, or with his family, Al loves to ride his Harley or showing off his 75 Corvette Stingray.