Amanda Tunjian ’14

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Amanda Tunjian ’14

“I love how diverse the campus is. I’ve met people from many different backgrounds and countries and made friends with so many people—friendships that I will take with me throughout my life. It’s been an incredible experience.” – 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 my biggest influence. Both my mother and father wanted to become chefs as well as my grandma, and I can remember always wanted to become a chef when I was a little girl. They encouraged me to pursue my dream. It was always interesting to me to see what new things you could create with food, especially now, where you can pretty much do anything.

Did you have to overcome any obstacles or challenges to come to the CIA?
There weren’t any huge challenges to overcome to get where I am. This is my passion and what I want to do with my life. If I had to pick one, I would say finding the money to pay for my tuition.

Why did you choose the CIA?
I chose the CIA because it IS the number one culinary school in the nation and I wanted to learn from some of the best chefs in the industry. Plus, other culinary schools did not have the major or exceptional program the CIA has.

What do you like best about CIA?
I love how diverse the campus is. I’ve met people from many different backgrounds and countries and made friends with so many people—friendships that I will take with me throughout my life. It’s been an incredible experience.

Do you belong to any clubs or participate in any activities/sports on campus?
I participate in the Baking & Pastry Society and The Gay-Straight Alliance club.

What are your career goals/plans?
My main goal is to move to either California or Manhattan and open a café/bakery. However, it would be awesome to work on a cruise ship or work for Food Network or Bon Appetite! Let’s just say I have a lot of goals that I would like to accomplish!

Any advice for prospective students?
I would say go for it! I applied and didn’t think I would get in, but I did. Even if it’s a financial issue, still apply! It is the best school for chefs quite honestly! Don’t assume you’re not good enough, because I thought that too. In just five months, I’ve come farther than I ever expected. Be confident, don’t doubt yourself, and apply.

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