Our Team

The staff at the Culinary Conference Center is standing by to bring your event dreams to reality.

  • Rosanne Arrabito

    Catering Manager

    Rosanne always enjoyed being in the kitchen alongside her Mother cooking for family gatherings. Holidays and family events became an adventure in the kitchen learning the traditional recipes of her lineage.
    After graduating North Bergen High School it seemed the most natural transition was to come to Jersey City and enroll at HCCC as part of the Culinary Arts Program. She fine-tuned her talents and after graduating she immersed herself into the world of hospitality.
    Starting with restaurants she then found herself in the business and industry part of the trade. Working in many aspects and corporations such as, BMW, Toys R Us, KPMG and BD she realized that she enjoyed the people aspect of her job. Combining the two has proven to be very successful in the catering venues that she has supported.
    Being back at HCCC is a sort of homecoming, the comfort of being back in the neighborhood and serving the school that served her so well.

  • Kurt Sippel

    Kurt Sippel

    Executive Chef

    Chef Kurt Sippel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He worked in the family catering business since the age of 14, then worked part time in a local kosher caterer.

    Chef Kurt attended New York City Technical College and graduated with an AAS in Hotel and Restaurant Management 1987. His first job out of school was at the Essex House Central Park as a night time Line Cook. He moved on to work at the Larchmont Yacht Club as Garde Manger/Pastry Chef, a PM Sous Chef at the Shearson Lehman Executive Dining, and worked at Donald Sacks Restaurant as the Executive Chef until September 11, 2001.

    Chef Kurt Sippel opened his own restaurant from 2003-2011 called Downtown Atlantic in Downtown Brooklyn. Before working at HCCC, he was Chef de Cuisine at Columbia University and a Banquet Chef at Crowne Plaza Time Square.

  • Aaron Rainone

    Aaron Rainone

    General Manager

    Aaron joined the HCCC team in October 2016 as the General Manager, bringing 10 years of Events and F&B experience. Prior to joining HCCC, Aaron was the General Manager for the Norris Conference Center in Austin and the Director of Banquets for the Westin Austin at the Domain.

    Aaron graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Bachelors in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. A native of New Jersey, Aaron relocated to Austin, Texas in 2008. He married his wife Tara in 2012, and their daughter Averie was born in 2014 with the official title of "Greatest Baby Ever".