CIA Student Profiles

Students come to the CIA because food is their life and they want the best chance for success.

Avery Britton ’15

Avery Britton, culinary arts degree student and basketball player for The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Kirkland, VA A Fortunate Change of Plans Avery Britton loves basketball, but had no plans to play at The Culinary Institute of America when he arrived here as an eager culinary arts student. He was content to head over to the gym after class and just shoot around some, maybe get into a pickup game … [Read more...]

Patrick Lobbes ’16

Patrick Lobbes, Culinary Arts student at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Zeeland, MI How did you become interested in your major? When I was a child growing up, my grandparents would visit me when I didn't have school and my parents were both working. At lunchtime I would always help her make lunch; more often than not it was Kraft Mac & Cheese. When I became a … [Read more...]

Robert “R.J.” Yoakum ’16

Robert "RJ" Yoakum, culinary arts student and basketball player at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA In the Kitchen or Gym, It’s All About Team For Robert “R.J.” Yoakum, it doesn’t matter if he’s on the line in a restaurant or at the line on the basketball court—he’s driven to be the best he can be. Basketball and cooking are clearly two things R.J. is very passionate about, and … [Read more...]

Austin Markland ’16

Austin Markland, CIA student, Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Bear, DE How did you become interested in your major? I went to St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown, DE and attended the culinary arts program they provided. Prior to being accepted into the school I had my mind set on becoming a pediatric cardiologist. Instead of getting … [Read more...]

Abby Kitchen ’15

Abby Kitchen, CIA student, Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management

Degree: Bachelor of Culinary Arts Management Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Alexandria, VA How did you become interested in your major? Julia Child. On Saturday mornings while my siblings were watching cartoons, I was watching Julia Child and Jacques Pepin on public television. I was fascinated with the different techniques, ingredients, and tools. Inspired by Julia … [Read more...]

Nilson Chaves Netto ’16

Chaves Netto ’16, AOS Culinary Arts

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil How did you become interested in food? Food and cooking has always been a part of my life ever since I was a boy. I loved spending time in the kitchen helping prepare meals with my family. My love of cooking grew into a passion and I hope to turn that passion into a … [Read more...]

Joshua Guide ’16

Joshua Guide ’16

Degree: Bachelor of Culinary Arts Management Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Atkinson, NH How did you become interested in food? After high school, I decided that I either wanted to become a chef and cook on a cruise ship traveling around the world, or a U.S. Marine. I chose a U.S. Marine. Now, after 21 years of service and a plethora of jobs, assignments, and travel, … [Read more...]

Christopher Lunsford ’16

Christopher Lunsford ’16

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Frederick, MD How did you become interested in food? My interest started when I was working as a pastry chef at a local family-owned restaurant back in my hometown. I only worked there for a year, but it gave me a lot of insight into this career and I learned a lot from working there. It … [Read more...]

CIA Students Take Part in Unique Educational Exchange

Ten CIA seniors visited West Point, sitting in on their classes and participating in training exercises.

Students are leaving their comfort zones and routines to experience other learning environments in a new partnership between the CIA and other prestigious colleges in their respective fields: The United States Military Academy and Pratt Institute. Through this partnership, West Point cadets and Pratt design students came to Hyde Park on separate visits this fall. Students from those two … [Read more...]

Christine Gibson ’14

Christine Gibson '14

Degree: Bachelor of Culinary Arts Management Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Syracuse, NY Making a Good Impression There are the tattoos. There’s the serious look, the determined walk as she moves on to the next class or practice or student event. At first glance, CIA student and volleyball player Christine Gibson says people perceive her as unapproachable, even … [Read more...]