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...]

McKenna Bristol ’14

McKenna Bristol ‘14

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: St. Helena, CA Hometown: Fortuna, CA How did you become interested in food? Growing up, I thrived on my imagination and channeled that into elementary school arts and crafts. At the age of 14, I realized that decorating cakes is an art that you can eat! I began baking cakes from scratch and decorating them with butter … [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 … [Read more...]

Steven Sartuche ’15, Culinary Arts

Steven Sartuche '15

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Management Hometown: Fort Collins, CO How did you become interested in food? As a child, some of my fondest memories came from helping in the kitchen during my Italian family's large holiday dinners. I loved doing any and everything in the kitchen with them. The kitchen was the place to be, it was the center of our celebrations. We cook for our family and … [Read more...]

Michael McCarey ’15, Baking and Pastry Arts

Michael McCarey '15

Degree: BPS Major: Baking and Pastry Arts Management Hometown: Middletown, NY How did you become interested in food? My interest in the culinary field was rooted in my desire to have a car. At the age of 14, my parents told me if I wanted my own car, I would have to pay for it. So, I got a job as a dishwasher the summer of my freshman year of high school. Soon after, I worked my way up … [Read more...]