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Alfonsi Marcy

Chef Marcy Alfonsi


Culinary Arts

Phone: 651.846.1737

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Chef Marcy Alfonsi has been an instructor at Saint Paul College since 2005. She currently teaches 3rd semester classes: Restaurant operations, Advanced Pastry & Decorating, Advanced Food & Wine, and Classical Buffet. While she likes teaching all of her classes, Advanced Pastry & Decorating is her favorite since she’s worked as a pastry chef at several points in her career - she still loves working with desserts and cakes. Her favorite part about teaching is the interaction with the students. She loves the diversity and all of the unique personalities. Each student brings something new and interesting “to the table”, so to speak.

Chef Alfonsi also enjoys running the College’s restaurant, the CityView Grille, and serving the public. She thinks it's a great "real world" experience for the students - and the customers love the food! She has extensive experience which she brings to the program. She co-owned and ran a restaurant in South Minneapolis from 2001-2004 called Marimar. She served as the working owner, pastry chef, back-of-house manager and just about everything else (including dishwasher) in the time they were open. She says she likes her hours better now!

Chef Alfonsi completed the Culinary Arts program at Saint Paul College in 1998. She was named “Student of the Year” in 1998 for Culinary and served on the College’s Culinary Arts Advisory Board prior to becoming an instructor. She also is a member of "Women Who Really Cook", a Twin-Cities based networking group for women working in all aspects of food.

Nathan Sartain

Chef Nathan Sartain


Culinary Arts

Phone: 651.846.1736

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Chef Nathan Sartain has been a faculty member of the Culinary Arts department at Saint Paul College since 2005. He is currently department chair and teaches commercial cookery, fundamentals of pastry, charcuterie, nutrition, advanced food & wine pairing and functional holistic nutrition. Chef Sartain has an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts from Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR and did undergraduate work in food science and food systems management, Montana State University.

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, he honed his skills under noteworthy chefs Eric Stenberg, Rick Bayless, Michel Nischan, Peter Hoffman and Greg Higgins. Chef Sartain was the opening Executive Chef for Montana Ale Works in Bozeman, MT, Executive Sous Chef at the award winning Savory Olive also in Bozeman, and Executive Chef at Aix in Denver, CO. He has worked in all facets of industry from fine dining to catering feature film sets and photo shoots across the American West.

Chef Sartain is passionate about personal nutrition and organic, sustainable fare. He believes chefs have the ability to affect change in the conventional food system by being a conscious consumer, and works that philosophy into his teachings. In April of 2012, Chef Sartain was a nominee for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Outstanding Educator Award. In his spare time, Sartain is an avid marathon runner and seeks out food-specific volunteer opportunities in the community.

Manfred Krug

Chef Manfred Krug


Culinary Arts

Phone: 651.846.1398

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Chef Manfred Krug has been an instructor in the Culinary Arts Department at Saint Paul College since 1986. He enjoys the wide variety of subjects that he teaches - from "breaking down a side of beef to flipping over-easy eggs." He also says there is "never a dull day" as an instructor. His favorite class to teach is Restaurant Operations where the Culinary Arts students run the City View Grille. As part of this experience, menus are changed daily and the students prepare ethnic-themed buffets on Friday's. It gives the students a chance to learn about and prepare a wide variety of foods. The students also benefit from the hands-on restaurant experience of running the City View Grille operations and providing fine dining service.

Chef Krug has received the Silver Medal from the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, and also an award in Fish and Seafood Cookery from the Upper Midwest Hospitality Show in Minneapolis. He is a graduate of the Saint Paul College Culinary Arts Program (1980) and received an additional degree and culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park New York, AOS Degree 1983. Upon completion of the CIA, he was awarded a European Internship and spent 1 year at the prestigious Park Hotel in Frankfurt Germany. He also received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin Stout in Hospitality Management in 1985.

His favorite part of teaching is seeing his students succeed. Nothing gives him more pleasure than going out and seeing his students working and becoming successful, and having the feeling that he might have played a small role in their success. When he's not working, he enjoys golfing and outdoor activities with his family and friends.

Chef Sean Jones

Chef Sean Jones


Culinary Arts

Phone: 651.846.1764

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Chef Sean Jones has been a member of the Culinary Arts Department at Saint Paul College since 2006. Chef Jones has taught courses in Culinary Foundations, Breakfast Cookery, Butchery and Charcuterie, Menu Production, Food, Beverage & Labor Cost Control, Artisan Cheese, Sanitation and Organic and Sustainable Foods. He enjoys teaching about the foundation of skills needed to grow in the industry. His favorite part about teaching is being able to watch each student’s passion for cuisine develop and grow, ‘There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student’s dream of cooking professionally become a reality.”

Chef Jones started out in the kitchen at the age of 13 and worked his way up into the kitchens of several acclaimed restaurants in Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Career highlights include his time in Milwaukee working for the Bartolotta Restaurant Group, learning the techniques of Cucina Rustica under James Beard award winning Chefs Paul Bartolotta and Adam Siegel. In the Twin Cites he has worked at W.A. Frost Co., Vincent A Restaurant, Lucia Café and Wine Bar under James Beard Nominated Chef Lucia Watson, and as Chef de Cuisine at the Marsh in Minnetonka, an acclaimed spa and wellness center. He is a graduate of Saint Paul College Culinary Arts program and did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

His philosophy on food focuses on using local and artisan foods. Chef Jones has worked and volunteered with Gale Woods Farm, The Minnesota Project, Renewing the Countryside, and Slow Food Minnesota to promote the use of local foods in culinary education. He also volunteers his time at local farms and charity benefits, such as the Taste of the Nation.

Larry Fischer

Chef Larry Fischer

Phone: 651.846.1494

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Chef Larry Fischer has been a culinary arts instructor at Saint Paul College since 1986. He graduated from the Saint Paul College Culinary Arts program in 1972, and has worked in a variety of settings including hotels, private clubs, and corporations as a Sous Chef and Executive Chef. Chef Fischer’s career experience also includes several commissions, awards and prizes in Ice Carving, especially with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. He has been awarded the Chef Professionalism and Culinary Educator awards from the American Culinary Federation Minneapolis Chefs Association.