Following the advice of his father, Tom D’Ambrosio pursued his undergraduate degree in route to his dream of becoming a chef. This pursuit started at PVCC and culminated in a business partnership with close friend and PVCC alumnus, Kyle Hollenbeck.
Tom’s pursuit of his dream was filled with success. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Tom was selected to work as an apprentice lead chef at The Greenbrier in West Virginia under certified Master Chef Richard Rosendale. This is just one of the accolades he has achieved along this journey. Chef Tom competed in a post-secondary Skills USA competition in Kansas City, where he placed first in the nation.
They combined Tom’s expertise as a chef with Kyle’s math, business and marketing acumen to form Aioli Burgers. Kyle credits the support he received in PVCC’s Tutoring Center with his appreciation for and success in his math coursework at PVCC. As the mathematician behind this business venture, Kyle utilizes his PVCC education on a daily basis. While students at PVCC, they both worked in the restaurant business and envisioned the day when they would own a restaurant. Their business venture, Aioli Burgers, started with one truck, grew into three, became a full catering company, and now they have a brick and mortar location. Come by Aioli Burgers at 10652 North 32nd Street and taste for yourself the “recipe for success” this partnership offers our community.