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Chef and Staff

Each House has its own Dining Room led by the House Chef and Cornell Dining staff.

Tony Kveragas

Anthony Kveragas, CEC
House Chef/Manager
Becker House Dining Room

Chef Kveragas has degrees from Boston University, La Varenne Culinary School, and Cornell University.  His personal philosophy about food:  No matter our differences of origin and viewpoints, we all share a common denominator in our exuberance for foods of our families and heritage.

Eileen Hughes

Eileen Hughes
Executive Chef
West Campus Dining

Eileen Hughes was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to the Finger Lakes Region in 1973 where, while running organic farms (a radical idea at the time), she began her love affair with food and the farmers of upstate New York.  She began at the Kosmos, a communally run natural foods Restaurant, pre-dating the now famous Moosewood restaurant.  From there, Eileen moved next door to the Rongovian Embassy restaurant and learned about Tex Mex cuisine. After a tour of other kitchens she attended the Culinary Institute of America.  

In 1993 Eileen began her career with Cornell Dining and was appointed first female Executive Chef at Cornell in 1995. Her passions are family, especially her two grandsons, music thanks to her musician husband, food and community.