Riddhi Venkateshwaran ’15

Riddhi Venkateshwaran ’15, culinary arts student at The Culinary Institute of America

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Mumbai, India How did you become interested in your major? Nothing inspires me like being in a kitchen; the colors, textures, flavors and sounds I encounter enchant me constantly. I truly believe the kitchen is a place where one can learn not only about food but about life. My culinary voyage so … [Read more...]

Liam Kamp ’15

Liam Kamp, CIA student, Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management & Applied Food Studies

Degree: Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management and Applied Food Studies Major: Culinary Arts and Applied Food Studies Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Monroe, NY How did you become interested in your major? When I arrived at The Culinary Institute of America I knew I had a passion for food. But I wanted to combine that passion with other areas of study. During the associate program, … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Yiqi Wang ’15

Yiqi Wang ’15

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Jinan City, China How did you become interested in food? When I was young, I spent a lot of time with my mother in the kitchen. From that time, I fell in love with cooking and it was something I always wanted to pursue. To this day, I still look for ways to become a better a cook. Who most … [Read more...]

John Carlo DeVera ’16

John Carlo DeVera ‘16

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Baguio City, Philippines How did you become interested in food? I became interested in the culinary arts at a very young age. When my dad was still around he would always be the one cooking at home and I would always be around to help. When my dad passed away, the only thing that would make me … [Read more...]