Emily Nelson ’14

Emily Nelson '14, Baking and Pastry Arts

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Miami, FL How did you become interested in food? I became interested in baking when I was in the third grade. My mom, who is an amazing cook, basically couldn't bake. So I was determined to learn how to bake. Incorporating some of my mom’s cooking techniques and my passion for baking, … [Read more...]

Sun Ah Kim ’14

Sun Ah Kim ’14

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Seoul, Korea How did you become interested in food? I used to do a lot of baking at home so it was very natural for me to pursue baking and pastry as a major. I love to see people smile when I make them cookies or a cake. It gives me such a sense of pride in my work. Who most … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]