The CWD Culinary Arts program is taught by Chef Don Antinore, a well-known local chef who has enjoyed a long career that included positions at various prestigious clubs and restaurants, TV and radio shows, authoring a cookbook and running his own cooking school.
“I love working with students and allowing them to ignite their passion for the career. This is a great field to be in. People will always need cooks,” said Antinore.
Antinore holds several designations, including Certified Executive Chef (CEC), Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) and Certified Culinary Administrator (CCA). He was accepted into the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation. In 2010, he was admitted to the AAC Culinary Hall of Fame, and is one of only 81 living hall of fame chefs in the United States today. He was also presented with an honorary Ph.D. in Hotel and Hospitality Administration from Boston University in August.
In addition, Antinore has been awarded the Presidential Medallion, and official shields from the New York City Police Department, Fire Department and Harbor Patrol for his work at Ground Zero after 9-11. He was asked to lead the efforts of feeding the first responders during the weeks following the devastating event, and managed a team of over 1,300 volunteers who collectively served an estimated five million meals during that time.
Antinore credits his strong work ethic, love for cooking and joy at working with and mentoring others for his success. “If you do it for the passion, you will own the career rather than the career owning you,” he notes.