Camden Tech chef/instructor to compete on “Chopped”

February 11th, 2016

Camden chef Tim WichterCamden County Technical Schools chef/instructor Timothy Witchter will be one of the contestants on the February 16 segment of Chopped on the Food Network.

Wichter is a cooking show veteran:

In September, 2014, he won the Food Network’s Rewrapped competition, and in June of last year, he finished in second place on Chopped.  He also hosts his own program, Jersey Chef, on YouTube.

Two New Jersey county vocational-technical school districts are celebrating Witchter’s success:

He is a 1998 graduate of the culinary arts program at Burlington County Institute of Technology.  Before joining the staff at the CCTS Gloucester Township campus in September, 2015, he served as culinary arts chef/instructor at BCIT, where he was honored as the district’s Teacher of the Year in 2102.

After graduating from high school, Witcher attended the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, where he received the school’s top award for culinary excellence.

He went on to work as an executive sous chef and executive chef for Wyndham and Hilton hotels, and as the executive chef consultant at Exceptional Taste LLC, the chef de cuisine at ARAMARK’s Victors Club and the executive chef of suite catering and the Lexus Club at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

“Culinary Arts is more than a job or a business for me,” said Witcher.  “It’s my passion, and one of my first loves.  The total dining experience is the one and only way I can express myself without words and truly have the whole world understand me.”

Witcher said his love of cooking started in his mother’s kitchen. “My mother would take raw ingredients and make magic happen.  From a very early age, I knew I wanted to be a chef.”

He was inspired by his instructors in high school, where he received the outstanding senior award for culinary excellence.  “Two of my instructors, Chef Anna Cacciatore and Chef Edward Gerber, planted the basic culinary arts skills that allowed my natural talent to blossom,” he said.

He also got to know Kevin Sbraga, the chef and owner of Sbraga Dining. “He made an indelible impression on me and always kept my competitive fire burning,” Wichter said.

“In college, I had the opportunity to meet and work with numerous chefs from around the world,” said Witcher. “Their fountain of knowledge seemed to never run dry and helped mold me into the professional I am today.  They exposed me to ingredients and techniques I have never seen before which took my skill set to an entirely new level.”

Bonnie Durante, the principal of the CCTS Gloucester Township campus, is “delighted that Chef Witcher has joined our staff.  In his short time here, he has made a positive impact on our staff and students. He is a friendly person, and an imaginative teacher and chef.”

“I am proud to work with a dynamic team of professionals educating the youth in Camden County,” said Witcher. “Cuisine is a very powerful tool that can break down many barriers, including language, economic backgrounds, and ethnic diversities. I’m proud to be one of its ambassadors.”


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