The Graduates

If you recently enjoyed a terrific meal in the D.C. area, it’s quite possible that a graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine had a hand in preparing it. The prestigious Gaithersburg cooking school, founded in 1976 by chef Francois Dionot, has had more than 4,000 students complete its year-long program and acquire a Certificate in Culinary or Pastry Arts. Here’s a sampling of grads who are working in our area (their graduation year is indicated).

Illustration by Amanda Smallwood; chef photo illustrations by Jared Scroggins. Click here to view full size image.