Alumni

Gastronomy graduates share their reflections, stories and careers post-BU. If you’re a graduate of the program, we’d love to hear what you’re doing these days. Email us at gastronomyatbu@gmail.com.

ALUMNA PROFILE: STEPHANIE HERSH

The first graduate of the MLA in Gastronomy program, Stephanie Hersh was also Julia Child’s full-time personal assistant for nearly 16 years. She currently lives in Christchurch, teaching adult education cooking courses and a twelve-week food technology course to New Zealand school children

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ALUMNA PROFILE: VIVIAN LIBERMAN

Before receiving her MLA in Gastronomy, Vivian Liberman worked in restaurants, hotels, and spas across the US. Since graduating, she has successfully published and worked at Le Cordon Bleu in Miami. She is currently the Training Manager at the Hotel Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

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ALUMNUS PROFILE: CHARLES SHELTON

After working at L’Espalier in Boston and at Uchi, a 2011 James Beard Award Winner in Austin, Texas, Charles Shelton recently took third place in the Original Cocktail Competition at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

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ALUMNA PROFILE: SYDNEY OLAND

Sydney Oland has worked as a cheesemonger, culinary instructor, and a Product Development Chef. She has since taken the plunge as a Cheese Maker.

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ALUMNUS PROFILE: JOHN PLADOCOSTANTE

John PladocostanteChef John Pladocostante brings his loves of family and fine Italian cuisine to suburban Texas with a growing food business. He also teaches as a culinary instructor.

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ALUMNUS PROFILE: CHRISTOPHER TANNER

Christopher TannerChef Christopher Tanner utilizes his culinary skill and teaches the chefs of tomorrow in his new role as the director of a culinary program.

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ALUMNUS PROFILE: POTTER PALMER
Potter Palmer has found a way to combine passions for teaching, culinary skill and film studies into a successful career in Boston University’s Gastronomy program.

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ALUMNA PROFILE: JOYCE LOCK
Joyce Lock turned her master’s thesis project into a set of popular food trivia games, using her eclectic knowledge and love of food to create her own incredible career.

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ALUMNA PROFILE: IRENE COSTELLO
Irene Costello leans on her culinary training and love of food history to run Effie’s Homemade, her award-winning baked goods company.

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ALUMNA PROFILE: KARA NIELSEN
Kara Nielsen talks umami, macarons, and her gig as a trendologist for San Francisco’s Center for Culinary Development.

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ALUMNA PROFILE: SHAUN CHAVIS
Shaun Chavis shares her Vermont cheese separation anxiety and tales of working for Health magazine, cookbook publishing and teaching food writing to children.

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