JNA Institute of

Culinary Arts

1212 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

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2008's Rising Star is
Dameon K. Valentine

Dameon Chef Roy and Chef Ari

Student Dameon Valentine won the Aloha Kitchen Challenge at Roy's.

The challenge is part of Roy's 20th Anniversary Celebration.  Dameon competed against students from The Art Institute and The Restaurant School. Each of the three student chefs was teamed with a celebrity chef; Chef Ari Weisswaaer of Pearl was Dameonís mentor. With hard work, determination, and a lot of passion, Dameon prevailed. Dameon bolstered the pride of his fellow students and the school by being selected the best of the challenge.

As the winner, Dameon received a two-month paid internship in Hawaii apprenticing with Chef Roy Yamaguchi. 

We're sure Dameon will master "Aloha", but will the kitchen staff at Roy's Hawaii master "Yo"?




Read about some of our previous Rising Stars:

1999    2000    2001    2002    2004    2008    2011