In 2013, after serving as Metro Chef in the Whole Foods Prepared Food Department for six Manhattan stores, Chef April Stamm returned to her alma mater as a Culinary Arts Chef-Instructor. “Teaching has always been a part of what I do and I wanted to make that my priority,” she explains. The former Chopped contestant loves helping students and giving them the tools to do what they love. A firm believer in the importance of culinary school, she believes the keys to success in the industry are organization, “an open mind, an open heart and a tough skin.”