Videos

There is so much to experience at the CIA. Immerse yourself in the CIA through the following videos to learn what it's like to be part of the CIA community.

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 … [Read more...]

Greg Vernick ’05, Chef/Owner, Vernick Food & Drink

Greg Vernick ’05

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown:Cherry Hill, NJ Great Food, Pure and Simple Greg Vernick has been around food all his life. His mother ran Haddonfield Diet Shop in New Jersey, and his grandfather owned Philadelphia’s Friedman’s Market, a butcher shop and market inherited from Greg’s great-grandfather. So it was only … [Read more...]

Carolina Gomez ’11, Chef/Owner, Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi

Carolina Gomez ’11

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Arts Management Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Washington, DC Taking Care of Business Students often make valuable connections at The Culinary Institute of America, and that was especially true for Carolina Gomez. That’s where she met fellow student Jason Story ’11, who would not only become her husband, but her business … [Read more...]

Aaron Keefer ’94 shares his experiences as a Culinary Gardener Partner for The French Laundry

Aaron Keefer Video

Aaron Keefer '94 holds a title you may not have heard of before; he is a culinary gardener. Culinary gardeners partner with chefs to meet the particular produce needs of a restaurant. In Aaron's case, he partners with the chefs of The French Laundry in Yountville, CA. In this video taken during a special culinary "play" presented at the CIA by Thomas Keller and his staff, Aaron talks about his … [Read more...]

Nick Valenti talks about “The CIA Advantage”

Nick Valenti

Nick Valenti, CEO and president of Patina Restaurant Group, talks about the high quality of the faculty, administration, and students at the CIA. His company is delighted with the attitude and professionalism of the CIA students. He considers the CIA the finest culinary college in the world. Watch the video below or on youtube. … [Read more...]

Charlie Palmer ’79 talks about “The CIA Advantage”

Charlie Palmer '79

Chef, restaurateur, and hotelier Charlie Palmer '79 believes that there is no other place like it in the world and that the CIA's quality of curriculum and chef-instructors at the college set the standard in the industry for culinary education. View the video below or on YouTube. … [Read more...]

Alex Stupak ’00 talks about “The CIA Advantage”

Alex Stupak '00

CIA alumnus and chef/owner of Empellón Taqueria and Empellón Cocina Alex Stupak '00 talks about how the CIA alumni he meets or hires come to the kitchen with excellent skills as well as an intensity, mentality, and attitude that he believes is uniquely CIA. View the video below or on YouTube. … [Read more...]

Thomas Keller talks about “The CIA Advantage”

Thomas Keller talks about “The CIA Advantage”

World-renowned Chef Thomas Keller talks about the high quality of education that CIA students receive at the world's premier culinary college. He believes the college prepares students to take on the kinds of challenges that they might face at his restaurants The French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery, and Ad Hoc. View the video below or on YouTube. … [Read more...]

CIA Augie Award Honoree Rick Bayless

CIA Augie Award Honoree Rick Bayless

For more than 20 years, Chef Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in Chicago has been a champion of regional Mexican cuisine. He is on the CIA Latin Cuisines Advisory Council and has presented at many of our conferences. We are very pleased to present him with his Augie Award for his contribution to the understanding of World Cuisines and Culture through food. View the video below or … [Read more...]