Student Chef Bios

Meet Dean, a 2013 graduate of Arc Educates Entry-Level Culinary Arts Certificate Program.

The youngest foodie in his family, Dean came to Arc Educates with an affection for both food and cooking. Bubbling with personality, Dean works well independently and in a team. 
Taking his studies very seriously, Dean's dream was to work beside his brother, a professional chef in New York City. His dream came true when his brother relocated to South Florida and they both started working at Valentino Cucina Italina in Fort Lauderdale. Dean prepares the mise en place and labels containers with the contents, along with other important tasks for those he supports. Most recently, Dean worked alongside celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein at a private dinner for 24 Arc Broward supporters.
Dean's is just one of the many students' lives who are constantly changed for the better through the Arc Educates Entry-Level Culinary Arts Program. For more information about enrolling in Arc Educates, visit and for catering information, visit
Arc Culinary uses food as a tool to transform lives and build stronger communities. The nonprofit catering program creates outstanding culinary experiences and provides real-world job training for the graduates of the entry level culinary arts certificate program.

From left to right: Student Chefs Joe Aycock, Ciro Mendez, Ingrid Sattler, Mario Lacayo, and Dean Bergman showing off their culinary skills at Arc Broward's largest annual fundraising event, Delish presented by The Wasie Foundation.


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