Harshita Jain ’14

Harshita Jain ’14

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Mumbai, India How did you become interested in food? My passion for food began at an early age. I worked with my father for a while, but handling a huge firm was not my cup of tea.  For me baked goods and pastries have been always been both my passion and weakness, and still is to this … [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...]

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 … [Read more...]

Victoria Leach ’14

Victoria Leach ‘14

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: American Canyon, CA How did you become interested in food? I've always had a passion for food—eating and creating it as well as reading and writing about it. I truly believe that a good article about food is almost as satisfying as the food itself. Although, there's nothing that can … [Read more...]

Roshara Sanders ’14

Roshara Sanders ‘14

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Science Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Bridgeport, CT How did you become interested in food? I was first exposed to culinary arts when I went to a Vocational Technical high school. My mother has also been in the food service industry for 25 years, working for Compass Group. All that food service exposure got me extremely interested … [Read more...]

Nicole Corona ’14

Nicole Corona ‘14

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Mahopac, NY How did you become interested in food? I became interested in my major when I was in middle school. I always loved food but I started to watch the food network and became hooked. It was around the time Duff Goldman started his show and I said this is what I want to … [Read more...]

Nancy Fisher ’14

Nancy Fisher '14

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Lynchburg, VA How did you become interested in food? While I was in the military, I had the chance to travel a lot which gave me the opportunity to experience food from other cultures. Who most influenced you? The CIA’s reputation itself was my biggest influence. I researched … [Read more...]

Michael Woodin ’13

Michael Woodin '13

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Dorset, OH How did you become interested in food? I started baking in a military dining facility making very simple cakes and was asked to do specialized cakes for different holidays and most events that higher ranking individuals would attend. It really made me happy to hear the many … [Read more...]

Kimberly Berardi ’14

Kimberly Berardi ‘14

Degree: Associates of Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: St. Helena, CA Hometown: Philadelphia, PA How did you become interested in food? My parents met as students at the CIA, so I have been hearing the name for as long as I can remember—as if it were a magical place! I have been surrounded by great food my entire life and began working at the age of 15, … [Read more...]