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Biography

Prior to joining the faculty at Kingsborough Community College, Professor D'Alessandro taught at various schools across the United States including Florida International University, New York City College of Technology, The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College. Industry work as a butcher and chef prepared him for teaching and instruction, and include work at Chef Allen's in Miami and Whole Foods Market. During graduate school at New York University, he served as Chef / Nutritionist for Manhattan's largest emergency food pantry: West Side Campaign Against Hunger. There, he taught New York's neediest families to cook healthy, nutritious foods and partnered with agencies such as The Food Bank of New York, Columbia University and United Way.

In addition to teaching duties at Kingsborough, Professor D’Alessandro represents the College at various events within the CUNY, in Greater New York City , and throughout the country.


Courses
Professor D’Alessandro teaches a variety of courses for Tourism & Hospitality.
They include:
 
Culinary Arts I: Skills (CA1)
Culinary Arts II: Major Techniques (CA2) Garde Manger & Charcuterie (CA3)
Food Safety & Sanitation (CA21)
Restaurant & Foodservice Operations (CA72)
Global Culinary Improvisation (CA90)
Introduction to Professional Foodservice (TAH71)

Education

CUNY Grad Center Doctor of Philosophy Geography Est 2021
New York University Master of Arts Food Studies  2011
Florida International University Bachelor of Science Hospitality Management 2007
Cincinnati State College Associate of Applied Business Chef Technologies 1999


College Teaching

CUNY Kingsborough, Tourism &  Hospitality (2014 – Present)
Florida International University, Hospitality Management (2011 –  Present)
CUNY New York City College of Technology, Hospitality Management (2008-2011)
Le Cordon Bleu College of  Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts (2006 –  2008) 


Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

D’Alessandro, M. & Kitterlin, M. (2012). "Comparing learning styles to lab performance: An evaluation of foodservice students." 2012 Southeast CHRIE Conference.

Presentations:
D’Alessandro, M. Fauxciutto: "Is  Italian-American cuisine really Italian?" Food For Thought Conference. Miami, Florida 2013.
 

Events and/or Key Dates


Research Interests
Power dynamics in meatpacking, the intersection of food and culture.

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants
Judge, “Hot Chili, Cool Cars”, February 2012 & 2013, Coconut Grove,
Miami, FL Judge, “Ultimate Food Truck Miami”, January 2013, Magic City Casino
Attendee & presenter, 2012 South East Council on Hotel, Restaurant &  Institutional
Education (SECHRIE) Conference
High Achievers in Teaching, awarded by  Student Government Association, 2012, FIU

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

Personal Interests

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