nicole stephens and Chef Stephan Johnson

Chef Stephan Johnson and partner Nicole Stephens

Executive Chef Stephan Johnson, Dock's Oyster House

Chef Stephan Johnson_Dock's Oyster House

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Stephan Johnson spent 20 years as a chef in the Atlantic City casino industry before becoming Executive Chef at Dock’s over 15 years ago. Johnson's talent, creativity and personality make him a true culinary leader at Dock’s, turning out some of the best soft shells crabs, crab cakes and potato-crusted flounder the world has ever tasted. Johnson also helped at the other Dougherty family restaurants, creating menus and training the staff at Knife & Fork Inn and Harry’s Oyster Bar. Both the Dougherty family and Johnson are passionate about food and dedicated to the community that contributed to their successes. Growing up in the projects with five siblings, Johnson has a deeply personal connection to the Community FoodBank’s mission, saying “It was a struggle sometimes to get a meal on the table, so I can really appreciate helping out and feeding families.”

Nicole Stephens, Professional Dancer

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Nicole Stephens

South Jersey native Nicole Stephens has studied a range of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, and acrogymnastics for over 25 years. She graduated from the Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts, where she majored in dance and furthered her education at Morgan State University, majoring in psychology while performing on the marching band’s dance line. She continued her education at Stockton University where she was a member of the All Star dance team, then graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Nicole has filled her resume with various performance credits, including: the Atlantic City Card Sharks, Philadelphia KiXX, and Philadelphia 76ers dance teams. She has also added performances and training from the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre, Cygnus Performing Arts Academy, and the Performing Arts Theatre of Hammonton. Continuing her career locally, she choreographed many projects in the South Jersey area including the Miss Atlantic City Pageant. In Atlantic City, Nicole performed in the Las Vegas show “Voices” at Tropicana, and in Maxine Nightengale’s “Disco Lady” at Resorts.

Nicole is a recurring dancer in the production “Elvis-The King in Concert” at Casino Rama in Canada. She has also been a dancer in “The Burlesque Show” at Borgata for seven years. Nicole has most recently performed in the Motown-inspired production hit “Motor City Live” at Hard Rock in A.C. and MGM Casino in National Harbor, and she just began her journey with the Atlantic City Blackjacks AFL team as head coach and choreographer of the Diamonds Dance Team.

Nicole is currently a dance instructor, choreographer and competition team director at Paul Morris DanceXplosion in Hammonton where she has been on the teaching staff since 2003.