Kyle Felker ’14

Kyle Felker ’14

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major:Culinary Arts Management Campus:Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Bay City, MI Coming Up Aces When Kyle Felker’s mentor talked, he listened. So when Chef Andy Bacigalupo of the Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center in Michigan encouraged him to apply to the CIA, that’s just what he did. A visit to the college during the summer sealed the deal. “After … [Read more...]

Aaron Gonnelly ’14

Aaron Gonnelly ‘14

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Arts Management Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Fort Plain, NY How did you become interested in food? I was inspired by my grandfather Andrew F. Burke. I remember spending time with him in the kitchen when I was a child helping with family and holiday dinners. As a result, I decided to take a VoTech program in high school, where I … [Read more...]

Shannon Buckley ’14

Shannon Buckley '14

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Arts Management Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Grand Blanc, MI How did you become interested in food? I became interested in culinary arts while growing up cooking with my grandfather, who is a retired chef and CIA alumni. I always helped him at home in the kitchen. He referred to me as his little sous chef. Who most influenced … [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 … [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...]

Amanda Tunjian ’14

Amanda Tunjian ‘14

Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Yonkers, NY How did you become interested in food? I became interested because of the art aspect—the art of baking and creating things you normally wouldn't. Starting from scratch and making a masterpiece. I love to bake. It's my own art form. Who most influenced you? I would say probably my parents and grandparents were … [Read more...]

Bo Na Yoo ’14

Bo Na Yoo ‘14

Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Seoul, Korea How did you become interested in food? I don't think there was a clear-cut moment that I was lured into this industry. I always enjoyed food and the culture behind it. I loved the work that went into making food and the marvelous results it brought as well. My mom told me that I would always stick my nose up on the windows of … [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...]

Daryl Newman ‘14

Daryl Newman ‘14

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: St. Helena, CA Hometown: Gardnerville, NV How did you become interested in food? I was pursuing a career as an actor in Los Angeles and working at a restaurant in a private club. Having always been interested in cooking, I made friends with the chef and he brought me in to work in the kitchen. Who most influenced … [Read more...]