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...]

Shreeya Adka ’15

Shreeya Adka ’15

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Coimbatore, India How did you become interested in food? I was always interested in baking, even as a little girl. Watching something baking in the oven was a magic show for me and it still is. I am also very good at art and baking is a beautiful form of art. I like the fact that I can … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Kenny Sugiarto ’16

Kenny Sugiarto

Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Bandung, Indonesia How did you become interested in food? My parents' own one of the largest culinary and baking ingredients supplier in Bandung, Indonesia. I grew up with the business and they always educated me on the ingredients that they were supplying to the various establishments. They taught me how to deal with customers, the cash … [Read more...]

Cory Christopherson ’16

Corey Christopherson ‘16

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Olympia, WA How did you become interested in food? I had worked in the front of the house for years and developed a real passion for service but I felt I needed a broader knowledge of the restaurant industry. I was still on active duty when I found out about the CIA and I knew from then on, I had … [Read more...]

Daniel Medina ’15

Dan Medina

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Hometown: Paso Robles, CA How did you become interested in food? I have been interested in the culinary industry since I was 15 years old. My parents saw my passion for food and have supported me every step of the way. For me, this is a lifestyle not just a career. Who most influenced you? My parents were my biggest influence and support system. The … [Read more...]

Andrew Belen ’15

Andrew Belen ‘15

Degree: BPS Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Management Hometown: Chicago, IL How did you become interested in food? Baking is the fuel for my passion. I love that you can create artwork from chocolate simply by tempering it. The incredible strength and flexibility helps create jaw dropping show pieces. Then there’s cake, where you can express your creativity endlessly on your white canvas. … [Read more...]

Amy L. Chicavich ’15

Amy L. Chicavich ’15

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Management Hometown: Chico, CA Classically trained in vocal performance and jazz, Amy Chicavich discovered that the place where she makes the most beautiful music is in the kitchen. “I love eating. I love food. I love everything about it. It’s like music for me, a whole-body experience,” says Amy Chicavich, a senior airman in the United States Air Force. … [Read more...]