Former business student cooks up new career


BUTLER, Pa. - Jonathan Stutzman has a recipe for success - follow your passion.

His took him from Slippery Rock to Tucson, Arizona where he gets down to business daily as the executive chef for the Omni Tucson National Resort. 

Stutzman, a former business student who was recently profiled on, said it was while studying at SRU that he had an epiphany: he was in the wrong field. "I just suddenly realized one day how much I loved cooking," he said. 

After completing his studies at SRU, he went on to earn a degree at the Culinary Institute of New Orleans. While there, he worked at Emeril's Delmonico, the flagship restaurant of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. 

He returned to Pennsylvania for two years to work at the Bedford Springs Resort before transferring to the Omni Tucson National Resort where he earned the title of executive chef at the age of 26.