NECAT Speaker Series features Chefs from Across the Sector


Elle Simone with Students
Elle Simone Scott, food stylist and TV personality with NECAT students.

“One of the important things we do at NECAT is expose our students to the huge variety of culinary jobs that are out there,” says Chef Instructor Tiara Andress. “Having our students hear the personal journeys of culinary professionals firsthand has a big impact.”

Over the past six months, as NECAT has cautiously lifted restrictions on allowing visitors into the building, we have grown our Guest Speaker Series. We’ve hosted chefs, restaurateurs, and food industry experts to speak with NECAT students and provide lived experience inspiration. 

“Our students are often unaware of what kinds of culinary jobs are available,” says Director of Career Services Vic Acosta. “They know they like to cook and they want to make a living from it. But, it’s exciting to show them that there are options out there that they never might have dreamed existed.”

Some of the talent we’ve recently welcomed to NECAT includes:

  • Anthony Caldwell of 50Kitchen in Dorchester
  • Rico DiFronzo, Executive Chef of Union Oyster House
  • Elle Simone Scott of America’s Test Kitchen
  • Christopher Walker Savenor’s Butcher Shop in Beacon Hill, who is featured in the video below, fabricating a 27 lb piece of beef in NECAT’s teaching auditorium.