How did you become interested in food?
Cooking with my family inspired me to take cooking classes. One thing led to another and before I knew it, my career path had chosen me.
Who most influenced you?
My mother was the person who was most influential in my decision to pursue this career. She always supported me when I cooked at home, joined the FCCLA in high school, and decided to come to the CIA.
Did you have to overcome any obstacles or challenges to come to the CIA?
I have definitely overcome some obstacles here at the CIA. College is about growing up and facing the real world. There is no beating around the bush here. From the required experience needed prior to attending this school and the externship, I had to face the fact that I was growing up, choosing a career path, and having to stick to it. The CIA is not like any other school. You don’t come here and then figure out your major. You come here knowing what you want and follow the yellow brick road all the way to Oz, no highway option.
Why did you choose the CIA?
I chose the CIA because I wanted to learn how to be the best, from the very best.
What do you like best about CIA?
The campus is beautiful and caters to the large quantity of guests that visit here every day. This is what I will be doing for the rest of my life. I like that my career won’t begin when I leave the CIA—my career has already begun.
Do you belong to any clubs or participate in any activities/sports on campus?
I belong to Eta Sigma Delta.
What are your career goals/plans?
Right after graduation, I hope to get a job in New York City. Long term, I want to hold on to that job and advance through the company I work for.
Any advice for prospective students?
The advice I would give someone considering the CIA is to make sure this is the right choice for you. There is no sense coming here and dropping money for a semester just to find that cooking is just a hobby. I started school with a lot of people who dropped out for that reason, and it seemed like they just wasted a few months and a lot of money. Coming to the CIA is a commitment. The people around you are serious about what they do. So if you’re serious about becoming a chef, the CIA is the right place for you and will give you the tools you need to be successful.