CIA Student Profiles

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

Layla Saif, Head Garde Manger and Expeditor, The Hop, Beacon, NY

Layla Saif, CIA alumni, Culinary Arts

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Layla Saif didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her mother tried to help out by making suggestions. She proposed being a writer, the proud profession of Layla’s poet father and many of her aunts and uncles, but the idea didn’t seem to fit. She suggested Layla become a piano player, but … [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...]

Dylan Low ’14

Dylan Low, ’14

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: St. Helena, CA Hometown: Weston, MO How did you become interested in your major? At a very young age I became interested in baking. Helping my mother and grandmother bake and cook during holidays was always a special treat. Watching them create wonderful meals from what seemed like nothing was always amazing … [Read more...]

Tyler Newell ’14

Tyler Newell ’14

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Westport, MA How did you become interested in food? Interestingly, it all started when I was dishwashing in a small town restaurant. Watching the fast paced adrenaline, mixed with the constant desire of perfection by the chefs, was incredibly intriguing to my young 14-year-old self. Dishwashing … [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. … [Read more...]

Emily Nelson ’14

Emily Nelson '14, Baking and Pastry Arts

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Miami, FL How did you become interested in food? I became interested in baking when I was in the third grade. My mom, who is an amazing cook, basically couldn't bake. So I was determined to learn how to bake. Incorporating some of my mom’s cooking techniques and my passion for baking, … [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...]

J. Hunter Evans ’14

J. Hunter Evans ’14

Degree: ACE Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi How did you become interested in food? I worked in restaurants through college and loved it. I wanted to know as much as I could about food and cooking so I began to look at the CIA. Because of my previous kitchen experience, a chef encouraged me to apply for the ACE program. Who most influenced … [Read more...]