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John M Santora

Position Title: Associate Professor 10 Months
Department: Culinary Arts
Office Location: School of Applied Technology
Office Phone: 607-587-3168

Alfred State College, 1975

AOS in Foodservice


Buffalo State College

Vocational Technical Education

Various courses


Professional Experience: 


  • Alfred State College, 1979-present                                  

Associate professor of culinary arts; responsible for instruction of first- and second-year students in food ingredients and products, hospitality cost control, furnishing and equipment, and facilities planning and energy conservation.  Oversight of instruction and operation of the a la carte dining room during the lunch period and special events.  Have also taught purchasing techniques, stewarding, and sanitation, preparing students to become certified food handlers.  


  • Southern Tier Health Network, 1994 and 1995 (summers)         

Consultant, advisor, and instructor to kitchen staff of five local hospitals


  • Farm/Rural Training Program, 1980-85  Alfred/Wellsville           

For approximately 10 weeks each summer, taught people with limited or no exposure to the food industry, the basics of cooking, sanitation, and customer service.


  • Fireside Restaurant, 1984

Port Allegany, PA

Consultant for menu and recipe development


  • Wellsville High School, 1982 (50 hours)

Adult Education Course Instructor

A 10-week course allowing adults to explore a variety of cooking techniques and food applications for the home


  • Niagara County Community College (host site), 1976-79

CETA training program for unemployed and displaced workers (ages 16+); taught the essentials of food preparation, allowing for entry-level employment ~ each program ran for 25 weeks.


  • Niagara Hilton, 1978-79

Assistant Chef/Chef

Responsible for all aspects of restaurant operation in the hotel, including the a la carte dining room, room service orders, and multiple banquets




  • ASC Faculty Senate
  • ASC Executive Senate
  • Promotion Committee, ASC Wellsville Campus Chair
  • Tenure Committee
  • ASC Culinary Arts Department Chairman
  • Advisor to the Top Hat Club for 17 years
  • Sigma Tau Epsilon Scholarship Review Committee


Honors and Awards: 


  • Inclusion in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, 2000 & 2002
  • Alumni Association Teacher of the Year Award, School of Vocational Studies, 1984
  • Mentioned numerous times as “most influential teacher” in student surveys
  • NYS Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities
  • Member of National Association of College and University Food Service

Community Affiliations

Scio Lions Club—24 years, perfect attendance

Past president—1987-88 and 1999-2000

Lion of the Year—1989-90 and 2004-05

Educator of the Year—1995-96

Co-chair annual Strawberry Festival (1996-2006)

Advisor to all food-related fundraisers

  • Current member, American Culinary Federation, Buffalo Chapter
  • Organized local chapter of American Culinary Federation (defunct)
  • Curriculum Advisory Committee member to Wildwood BOCES Center, Hornell
  • Member New York Restaurant Association
  • Member National Restaurant Association
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Human Ecology Board member, Belmont (1991-92)
  • Attended four Northeast Regional Conventions of American Culinary Federation (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996)