Melanie Dunbar, Chef Instructor at The Culinary Center

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY It could easily be argued that Melanie Dunbar has the greatest job on earth or at sea. She is a chef-instructor at The Culinary Center, the first cooking school at sea, for premium cruise line Oceania Cruises®. Melanie teaches hands-on instruction onboard the ships Marina and Riviera, and leads guests on … [Read more...]

Sean Kahlenberg ’04, Lecturing Instructor—Culinary Arts, The Culinary Institute of America

Traveling the world as a professional chef wasn’t in Sean Kahlenberg’s original plans while he was growing up in the small town of Wollongong, Australia. “I was an athlete, and when I was 16 I actually bought my own gym,” Sean recalls. “And then my friend and I bought two more.” At around that same time, however, an opportunity to apprentice at a local diner came up. “Some friends were running … [Read more...]

Wendy Stuart ’09, Educator and Entrepreneur

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Casting a Wide Net Is it possible for the skills of an economist, chef, advocate, and entrepreneur to reside within one person? They sure can, and Wendy Stuart ’09 is living proof. Her journey to becoming co-founder of The Wide Net Project may seem circuitous, but each step brought her closer to the real … [Read more...]

Darcy Sala ’01, Chef-Instructor at BOCES

Darcy Sala is contagious. Sit down with her and talk for a few minutes about food and you can't help but catch her unbridled enthusiasm and passion for the culinary profession, and especially for her alma mater. "Wow, being at the CIA was a great experience," she gushes. "Every day I'd get up three hours early to be ready for classes. I can cry thinking about how wonderful it was to be around … [Read more...]

Eve Felder ’88, Managing Director CIA Singapore

After wearing many hats during her tenure at the CIA, Chef Felder is presently managing director of the college's newest campus in Singapore. Chef Felder is building the first bachelor's degree program in culinary arts in Singapore. An avid supporter for the advancement of women in the hospitality industry, Chef Felder has played an integral role in growing the presence of organizations such as … [Read more...]

Andrea Zelen ’89, Pâtisserie and Baking Department Chair,
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Winter Garden, FL Andrea Zelen’s long and varied career has brought her numerous accolades. With all that she’s accomplished in an industry that she loves, Chef Zelen has recently embarked on a new challenge—passing along her expertise to the next generation. As Pâtisserie and Baking Department … [Read more...]

Derek Corsino ’09, Professor of Baking & Pastry, Stratford University

As a child, Derek's family had encouraged him to create something with his hands, be it painting, sculpting, or, in his chosen field, cakes and cake decorating. "I decided to take my love of art and creating and make it edible, to put my own flare on the cake world," said Derek. "I've taken my cakes to a new level with a combination of the technical skills I learned at the CIA and my love of … [Read more...]