Major: Culinary Arts Management
Hometown: Pico Rivera, CA
How did you become interested in food?
I became interested at the tender age of 12. I loved the way my mother cooked her delicious meals. I was a curious young boy that almost always had a question or two about my mother’s cooking.
Who most influenced you?
My sister. She is a chef-instructor back home and on a Christmas afternoon, seven years ago, she took me with her to assist at a catered event. Before my eyes was a spectacular kitchen and people preparing delightful food for delighted guests. So I would have to say my sister was my biggest influence in pursuing this career.
Did you have to overcome any obstacles or challenges to come to the CIA?
The main challenge I had to overcome was fear. My fear of leaving home was just dreadful, but I know I made the right choice!
Why did you choose the CIA?
Besides the accreditations and reputation of the CIA, I would have to say that the curriculum is well planned out and the campus is simply gorgeous.
What do you like best about the CIA?
Comfort. The CIA is designed to make anyone feel at home whether they are local or from far away.
What are your career goals/plans?
It is probably too early to talk about career choices but I would certainly love to open a restaurant back in California.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering attending the CIA?
Coming to the CIA has been the greatest decision I have made—school wise. If something such as fear is holding you back, don’t let it! This opportunity only comes along once in a lifetime and I’m sure glad that I overcame my fear to leave home.