The NECI Network

Our illustrious alumni include the Food Channel’s Alton Brown; St. Regis Hotel and Starwood Luxury Collection Manager—Matthew Gabree; London Whole Foods Team Leader—Gerry Beck; Head Chef, The Chopping Block, Chicago—Hugh Amano; Owner, Porterhouse Steakhouse in Hong Kong—James Fortier; Allechante Pastry Chef—Carmen Allen, Owner, Spoon and Stable—Gavin Kaysen; and many, many more.


“Each day I apply principles learned during my tenure at NECI, through my three amazing externships, and the relationships that I have built over the last 15 years.

When I look back on my decision to attend NECI, the primary driver was the low student-to-instructor ratio. I knew that with more hands-on learning and more immediate access to Chef Instructors and Educators, I would learn more and be a stronger candidate to prospective employers after graduation.

This has certainly been the case. Since graduating from NECI, I have enjoyed exciting growth positions within several Fortune 500 companies. Just this year, my position has taken me all around the USA, to Bali Indonesia, Buenos Aires Argentina, and The Netherlands. In hindsight, my externships opened invaluable professional doors for me, provided exclusive opportunities, and helped me establish relationships that I still value today - 15 years later.”
--Matthew Gabree, New York, NY
AOS Culinary Arts 1995 and BA Food & Bev Mgmt 2000 
Manager of Global Guest Initiatives, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection – Starwood