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Chef Charles B. Ziccardi

Assistant Teaching Professor
Culinary Arts and Food Science



  • M.S., Public Communications—Drexel University
  • B.S., Hospitality Management—Widener University
  • Certified in Classic Italian Cuisine—Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (Torino, Italy)
  • AOS Culinary Arts—Culinary Institute of America

Areas of Expertise

  • Kitchen Gardening
  • Food Sustainability
  • Classic Italian Cuisine and Culture


Professor Ziccardi has been an instructor with Drexel University since 2000. He held the position of Program Director from 2003 to 2010. Since then, he has turned his focus to teaching and developing his discipline - food sustainability and kitchen gardening. Chef Z (as he is known by students) holds an Associates Degree in Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania; a diploma in Classical Italian Cuisine from The Italian Culinary Institute per Stranieri in Torino, Italy; and a Masters in Public Communications from Drexel University.

Professor Ziccardi has spent many years in the industry building leadership skills and developing lasting relationships. Some of his most noteworthy positions were held in the Philadelphia area, Colorado and Italy. He has worked under world renowned chefs, such as Jean-Marie Lacroix, and Jean-Françoise Taquet. Professor Ziccardi also brings extensive experience in fine dining room management to the program.

Always considered a patient compassionate trainer, throughout his professional career, life as an academic was a natural progression. Now he is committed to delivering skillful well-adjusted leaders back to the industry that shaped him. Professor Ziccardi greatly enjoys interacting with students and helping them develop their interests and skills.

Italian cuisine and culture, food sustainability and kitchen gardening are areas of interest both professionally and at home. Professor Ziccardi resides in the western suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife Andrea, two children Charlotte and Marco, and French Brittany Spud.