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Makenna Barnes ’16

Makenna Barnes, baking and pastry arts student at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California.

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: St. Helena, CA Hometown: San Diego, CA How did you become interested in your major? From a very young age I had a passion for baking. As a little girl I always helped my grandma bake for every occasion. I would always tell my family, “When I grow up I want to be a cooker!” As life went on I continued to take … [Read more...]

Becky Rodriguez ’15

Becky Rodriguez, baking and pastry arts student at The Culinary Institute of America

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Brunswick, OH How did you become interested in your major? Throughout my life, I had two different loves; and for as long as I can remember, I talked about either becoming a musician or a chef. Both brought out different elements and levels of creativity, and I felt inspired, alive, and … [Read more...]

Haya Emaan ’15

Haya Emaan, culinary science student at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Science Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan How did you become interested in your major? I always knew I wanted to pursue culinary arts—it was just a question of convincing my parents. I love food—whether I am cooking it, eating it, or feeding it to others. FOOD is Life! Who most influenced your decision to pursue … [Read more...]

Riddhi Venkateshwaran ’15

Riddhi Venkateshwaran ’15, culinary arts student at The Culinary Institute of America

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Mumbai, India How did you become interested in your major? Nothing inspires me like being in a kitchen; the colors, textures, flavors and sounds I encounter enchant me constantly. I truly believe the kitchen is a place where one can learn not only about food but about life. My culinary voyage so … [Read more...]

Liam Kamp ’15

Liam Kamp, CIA student, Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management & Applied Food Studies

Degree: Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management and Applied Food Studies Major: Culinary Arts and Applied Food Studies Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Monroe, NY How did you become interested in your major? When I arrived at The Culinary Institute of America I knew I had a passion for food. But I wanted to combine that passion with other areas of study. During the associate program, … [Read more...]

Avery Britton ’15

Avery Britton, culinary arts degree student and basketball player for The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Kirkland, VA A Fortunate Change of Plans Avery Britton loves basketball, but had no plans to play at The Culinary Institute of America when he arrived here as an eager culinary arts student. He was content to head over to the gym after class and just shoot around some, maybe get into a pickup game … [Read more...]

Robert “R.J.” Yoakum ’16

Robert "RJ" Yoakum, culinary arts student and basketball player at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA In the Kitchen or Gym, It’s All About Team For Robert “R.J.” Yoakum, it doesn’t matter if he’s on the line in a restaurant or at the line on the basketball court—he’s driven to be the best he can be. Basketball and cooking are clearly two things R.J. is very passionate about, and … [Read more...]

Orange-Chipotle Chicken Wings with Chipotle Sour Cream

Orange-Chipotle Chicken Wings with Chipotle Sour Cream, recipe by The Culinary Institute of America

  Wings Make a Great Superbowl Dish What do you get when a food revolution collides with a revered American tradition? A great Super Bowl spread! Chef Bill likes to wow his guests by integrating these food trends into traditional crowd-pleasing fare for the big game, and you can, too. These chicken wings are Latin-inspired—they’re sure to become new fan favorites! The National Chicken … [Read more...]

Winter Citrus Fruit Parfait with Whipped Cream

Winter Citrus Fruit Parfait recipe by The Culinary Institute of America

  Dessert Just Gets Better The chefs at the CIA can keep you eating better in the New Year with something they like to call the “dessert flip.” This parfait is a delicious example. By focusing on fresh seasonal fruits and using only a small amount of the topping, you get all the flavor and crunch—and still feel good about keeping your healthier eating resolution. With a little thought, you … [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...]