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...]

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...]

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...]

Kristin McGinn ’14

Kristin McGinn ’14

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Science Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Hackettstown, NJ Lovin’ Every Minute of It “I can’t believe I got so lucky!” That’s what CIA student Kristin McGinn says about her experiences at the college, and her story is a perfect example of how hard work, enthusiasm, and a little bit of serendipity can lead to great things. It’s the … [Read more...]

Charles Cruz ’14

Charles Cruz ’14

Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Piscataway, NJ Inspired to Succeed Charles “Chuck” Cruz has always found inspiration in the people around him. His family cooking together at home planted the seeds for what was to become his career goal. And the many stories he heard from relatives about his grandfather playing basketball in the Philippines sparked a love for the sport … [Read more...]