Susan Feniger ’77—Chef, Author, and Entrepreneur

Susan Feniger ’77—CIA Graduate, Chef, Author, and Entrepreneur

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Susan Feniger is the co-chef and co-owner of the Border Grill empire in collaboration with longtime business partner Mary Sue Milliken, with three locations in the Los Angeles area, two in Las Vegas, and two very busy Border Grill Food trucks. She is a prolific cookbook writer with eight titles in … [Read more...]

Acenette Gonzalez ’14, CIA Graduate, Contest Chef, and Focused Competitor

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Degree: Bachelor of Culinary Arts Management Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Dallas, TX As a little girl Acenette (Ace) Gonzalez would listen with rapt attention as her father regaled her with stories of his workday as a waiter in a local Dallas, TX restaurant. “I loved hearing about his job, and his interaction with customers and the kitchen crew,” says Ace. “I knew I … [Read more...]

Layla Saif, Head Garde Manger and Expeditor, The Hop, Beacon, NY

Layla Saif, CIA alumni, Culinary Arts

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Layla Saif didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her mother tried to help out by making suggestions. She proposed being a writer, the proud profession of Layla’s poet father and many of her aunts and uncles, but the idea didn’t seem to fit. She suggested Layla become a piano player, but though … [Read more...]

Evan Bollers ’14, Junior Food Scientist, Signature Brands LLC

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Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Science Campus: Hyde Park, NY Ever wonder how new foods get developed and who’s behind these innovative formulations and recipes? Oftentimes, there’s a CIA graduate involved—one like Evan Bollers. After graduating in 2014 with his bachelor’s degree in culinary science, Evan went straight to work for Ocala, FL-based Signature Brands, a … [Read more...]

Carlton McCoy ’06, Master Sommelier, The Little Nell

Carlton McCoy ’06

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Hometown: Washington, DC The Value of Mentorship He’s a master sommelier and respected wine professional, and has recently been named to Forbes magazine’s prestigious “30 Under 30” list in the Food category. Clearly, Carlton McCoy has found success in the food and beverage world, and credits his many mentors along the way for his accomplishments—starting … [Read more...]

Jason Pfeifer ’06

Jason Pfeifer ’06, CIA Alumni

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Raleigh, NC Blazing a Trail in the Food World The list of chefs Jason Pfeifer has worked for reads like a “Who’s Who” of culinary giants—Michael Anthony at Gramercy Tavern, Thomas Keller and Jonathan Benno ’93 at Per Se, René Redzepi at Noma. Now he’s joined his own prestigious list, having … [Read more...]

Adam Altnether ’07

Adam Altnether ’07

Degree: Bachelor of Culinary Arts Management Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: St. Louis, MO The Fast Track to Success One look at Adam Altnether’s accelerated career track, and it’s easy to see why he’s been honored by Forbes magazine as part of its 2014 “30 Under 30” list in the Food category. As the co-owner and executive chef of Craft Restaurants in St. Louis, he’s … [Read more...]

Viraj Borkar ’10

Viraj Borkar ’10

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Pune, India Passion, Persistence, and Patience When Viraj Borkar ’10 was a young boy growing up in Pune, India, the thought of a future in food industry was simply unfathomable. Suffering from stomach issues that required strict dietary restrictions, food would inevitably put Viraj on a roller … [Read more...]

Michael Ferraro ’02, Executive Chef

Michael Ferraro ’02

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Stamford, CT A Lifelong Passion Chef Michael Ferraro has always loved food. That interest started early in his childhood and revolved around his family’s kitchen table. With Southern Italian parents, he was exposed to an authentic home cooking experience that often blended Italian and … [Read more...]

Gretchen Thomas ’05

Gretchen Thomas ’05

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Arts Management Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Owensburg, KY Speaking the Language of Wine If there’s one thing Gretchen Thomas has learned in her career as a wine professional, it’s that when it comes to wine, people around the world speak the same language. Her job as wine and spirits director for Barcelona Wine Bar has taken … [Read more...]