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For generations, home cooks and professional chefs learned to prepare sumptuous recipes by watching mom, grandma, great grandma, and so on. Keeping with tradition, Cento Fine Foods launched Accademia dei Cento Grandi Cuochi—The Academy of one Hundred Chefs. Our web-TV cooking show is your virtual entrée into the Cento Fine Foods research and development kitchen. Each show features a chef preparing a unique dish with products from our proprietary brands: Cento, Anna, Bellino, Ferrara, La Florentine, Little Gina's and Maurizio Pasta.

 

Ed Vadden


Pasta Fagioli alla Pescatora

Pasta Fagioli



Executive Chef Ed Vadden

Ed Vadden is the Executive Chef at The ACE Club. Previous to his current position, Chef Edward Vadden was an Executive Chef and GM of Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar. He has worked for the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons Hotels. He worked with great Chefs, such as Jean Marie Lacroix, Georges Perrier, Fancesco Martorella, Martin Hamann, Roberta Adamo and more. He loves learning about people through the food and wine of their cultures.

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Joe Castleforte is Chef Cento, aka Giuseppe,
aka Cas. Legend has it he was born in the kitchen—the downstairs kitchen—and was put to work almost immediately.

Seriously, Joe was born and raised in Bensonhurst, the "Little Italy" of Brooklyn,
New York. Joe is a descendant of a long line of chefs from Naples, Italy. His family has owned a series of restaurants in New York and New Jersey. Not long after his birth, at age seven, Joe really did begin working in the kitchen, starting out as a dish washer and advancing to chef. He learned from the best, his Nonna.
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Hope Cohen’s culinary work as a chef, author, restaurant/food/media consultant has earned her the reputation of one of Philadelphia’s gastronomic movers and shakers. She has been featured in the “Vanguard” section of Philadelphia Style magazine, the food section of the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Daily News, and has graced the covers of chic mags Main Line Today and Real Philly. BMW, N.A. has nabbed her for national print advertising and Southwest Airlines followed suit, offering her a role in several nationally televised commercials. Recognizing the value of her on-air persona, national telemarketing giant QVC has sought out her on air charisma for an assortment of companies cooking + kitchen related products for the past 7+ years. She is a recurring on air guest for Fox, NBC and KYW.

As host of “The Fretz Kitchen,” and "The Chef's Kitchen" at the time, Comcast CN8’s leading cooking show, Chef Cohen's knowledge, easy-going manner and on-air charisma attracted the nation’s most celebrated, talented chefs and sommeliers as guests of the show for 6+ years, and helped expand its reach to over 20 million living rooms nationally. As a result, she is a highly esteemed member of and has excellent relationships within the culinary communities Nationally as well as in Philadelphia, the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. Hope is a member of The International Association of Culinary Professionals and The James Beard Foundation.