Major: Culinary Arts Management
Hometown: Cold Spring, NY
How did you become interested in food?
I really became interested in the restaurant business at a young age. My dad would always tell me stories about the family owned restaurant Luigi’s—where he worked growing up. It was a small traditional Italian place and that was when I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I know that I can go anywhere with my family’s support.
Who most influenced you?
My family—as a whole—was a big influence, but it was my father who was the most influential. When I was growing up, he took the time to teach me things about food, guide me in the right direction to achieve culinary perfection, and showed me things I could never learn from a book or in school.
Did you have to overcome any obstacles or challenges to come to the CIA?
There are always challenges when trying to get into any school. For me, the biggest challenges were deciding where I wanted to go and what I want to major in, and then figuring out how to pay for it. Luckily, with the help of my family, I was able to work through those obstacles and I’m here today!
Do you have a previous degree or career experience?
No previous degree but I attended a BOCES school for culinary arts/hospitality during my junior and senior year of high school. This was a ProStart program and I received a ProStart certificate of completion.
Why did you choose the CIA?
I really like the atmosphere that the school portrays. From the buses full of visitors coming to tour the campus to the professional dress code students are required to wear—which sets this school apart from other culinary schools.
What are your career goals/plans?
My plans for my life are basic. After I graduate, I am going to work my way up through the ranks at different establishments to gain various experiences and skills all while saving up as much money as I can to open up my own place with my family.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering attending the CIA?
If I had any advice to give, it would be that you should come to the CIA if you know that this is what you want to do with your life because this is a professional atmosphere where you need to be serious about your future career.