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Culinary Arts

Instructors and Staff

These instructors and the adjunct instructors are extremely dedicated and enthusiastic about Culinary Arts. They all bring a great amount of knowledge and form the perfect team of instructors. We look forward to sharing our knowledge with you!

Chef Gregg Hamm has been cooking since he could reach the top of the stove. He always helped his mother, father, and grandmothers in the kitchen and would rather be inside cooking than out on the farm. Chef Hamm always aspired to work in education and had an original plan to attend college in the field of elementary education. Though he had an interest in cooking, his heart was on education. Then thru his inspiring high school culinary arts teacher, he found that he could combine education and food. From that point, he knew he would work as a Culinary Arts educator. Chef Hamm entered Johnson and Wales University as a student immediately after graduating high school. He has since worked in education for 16 years, in addition to owning a successful catering company and restaurant that includes a wholesale division that is in major cities across the state of North Carolina.

Chef Regina Minter-Hargett grew an inspiration and passion for cooking as a young child watching her grandmother cook for holidays. As she matured and understood cooking, she enrolled in a culinary arts class where she first met Chef Hamm. After taking two years of his class she learned how to enhance her personal cooking and also the hospitality side of the industry. At that point in high school, she knew she wanted to make Culinary Arts her career. While working close with Chef Hamm, she entered Johnson and Wales University. While attending JWU, she obtained an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Two years later, she received a bachelor degree in Foodservice Management. Since graduation, Chef Regina has managed many parts of the foodservice industry including fast food, theme parks, family dining, and institutional facilities. Regina has now joined CCCC as a Sustainable Culinary Arts Instructor and plans to share her passion with others interested in the industry.

Chef Jessica Wilson Chef Jessica "Jimmy" Wilson has spent over a decade working in all facets of the food industry from restaurant kitchens, to bread bakeries, fine dessert shops, food marketing, restaurant pr, craft services, food styling, personal cheffing, and nutrition consultation. After earning her bachelors degree with a plan to study law, Chef Wilson decided to follow her true passion and moved to Rome to study Italian culinary culture and technique. She later returned to Italy for a stage in Parma where she study gastronomic science, with a focus on heritable and learned patterns of taste.

Chef Jimmy is also a certified Nutrition Consultation and is coming to CCCC from Bauman College, where she worked as the Marketing Manager, Nutrition Program Director, and as guest instructor for both their Natural Chef and Nutrition programs. She is deeply committed to a whole foods and holistic approach to consumption and is well versed in the intricacies of healthful, sustainable, local, organic, therapeutic, and ethically produced food. A passion for travel and learning keeps her nutrition and culinary flair inspired, fresh, and full of energy.

Chef Robin Hamilton is new to our faculty this fall, although she is not new to CCCC. She graduated from the Natural Chef Program in June 2011, which was a continuation of her education. She obtained a Masters degree in Holistic Health Education from John F. Kennedy University in 2010, and also holds a BA in Anthropology/Archaeology from St. Mary's College- both located in the San Francisco bay area. She is passionate about the relationship between what we eat (or forget to eat:) and the affect it has on our health, especially the connection between modern day health conditions and the Standard American Diet (S.A.D). She strongly believes food is medicine, and can be used therapeutically to facilitate healing. Born and raised in California, she appreciates fresh, local and seasonal food; therefore Pittsboro seemed like the perfect landing spot for her- "sort of like Berkeley in the woods". Her previous culinary experience includes: Chef at Bella Donna Restaurant and cooking more healthful options at Camp Royall- a camp for people on the Autism spectrum. She is both honored and thrilled to return to CCCC and teach nutrition.

Chef Erin Ducker Chef Erin Ducker is orignally from New Orleans where her love of food began. She has lived in both Germany and northern Italy where she had the unique opportunity to work and live on a vineyard. After earning her bachelor's degree in art and working towards a masters in art administration she realized her heart was not in it and found a way to apply her artist skills towards her love of food. She received her associates degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst.

After working as a cook and pastry chef she began teaching in 2011. Since then she has become a Certified Hospitality Educator and a certified ServSafe Instructor and Proctor. She is driven by her love of fresh, quality ingredients and baking as both a science and an art. Teaching is the ultimate opportunity to share her knowledge and experience in the most fulfilling way imaginable.

Chef David Voelz comes from a family that was constantly centered on food. From barbecue dinners to experimental nights, there was always something interesting cooking at the Voelz house. Chef Voelz went to work in a restaurant as soon as he was able. During high school he worked his way through kitchens with a variety of cuisines. At 20, he landed his first Executive Chef position. In addition to working as a chef and co-owning a restaurant, Chef Voelz graduated from the Culinary Technology Program at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC. After culinary school, he embarked on a journey to experience many different facets of the food service business. Chef Voelz has worked in a hotel, a country club, a private business club, a hospital, a food courts well as private and chain restaurants.

Chef Donna Bauman Chef Donna Bauman received her Natural Chef Certification from the Culinary Arts Program at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) in Pittsboro and brings a strong passion for local and sustainably grown food to her work. She has over a decade of experience making a wide variety of fermented foods and has taken classes from some of leaders in the fermented foods movement including Sandor Katz, Jessica Prentice, Monica Corrado, Marc Williams and Jennifer McGruther. In addition to teaching at CCCC, Donna has also taught local workshops for the Abundance Foundation and for private groups. She has experience in fine dining as a prep cook for Straw Valley Food and Drink’s Black House in Durham, NC and she has had training in traditional foods preparation from the community-supported kitchen called Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley, California.

Donna is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and has had HACCP training accredited by the International HACCP Alliance as well as a current ServSafe certification. A career changer, Donna also has significant experience in academic administration with the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill and prior experience in advertising account management working on the national advertising campaigns for Maxwell House Coffee, CorningWare, Corelle and Pyrex. Donna graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree in business administration and Northwestern University with an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Tanasha Murchison joins the Culinary Institute as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director. She brings her prior experience as Administrative Assistant, Front Office Support Associate and Customer Service Representative from her human resources background as well as her passion for cooking. Her passion began as a young child watching her grandmother cook Sunday dinner and the joys it brought the family being together.

Tanasha has earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2004 and a Masters in Human Resources Management from Webster University in 2012. She is honored to be a part of such an amazing team with such a progressive and entrepreneurial spirit producing future top-notch chefs for the industry.