A.J. Schaller ’05, Executive Chef

AJ Shaller '05, CIA Alumni

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Women in Foodservice On the Run From the very beginning of her culinary career, A.J. Schaller ’05 has embraced its pace, challenges, and excitement. She is that rare breed of person who has a questing and creative mind coupled with a highly organized nature. She thrives on doing more than one thing at a … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Jehan Luth ’14

Jehan Luth ’14

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Nashik, India How did you become interested in food? Food is all I think about and all I ever thought about when I was young. A few years back I had different goals in life but food has always been my passion. I never thought I would be lucky enough to make food my profession and now that I have, … [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...]

Carlos Arciniega ’14

Carlos Arciniega ’14

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Arts Management Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico How did you become interested in food? I was about to pursue political science in México, however, it was not a craft I could create with my hands and express with interpretation. Food and wine become the ying and yang of our industry colliding to become a … [Read more...]

Hogan Popkess ’14

Hogan Popkess '14

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Topeka, KS How did you become interested in food? From a young age, I have loved being in the kitchen with family. After my mother passed away, when I was just six years old, I was left with a kitchen full of tools and books heaped with recipes. My love for culinary arts developed over the years … [Read more...]