Tasha Mabin ’10

Tasha Mabin ’10, CIA Alumni, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Culinary Arts Management

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Arts Management Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Hamilton, New Jersey, USA Dual Passions Tasha Mabin’s dream of attending The Culinary Institute of America started in her freshman year of high school. “During my home economic classes I found I had a knack for cooking,” says Tasha, assistant manager at the Compass Group in … [Read more...]

Jonathan Pidgeon ’07 and Megan Mulhern Pidgeon ’07, Chef/Owners, Glazed Donuts

Jonathan Pidgeon ’07 and Megan Mulhern Pidgeon ’07, Chef/Owners, Glazed Donuts, CIA alumni

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Megan, Baking & Pastry Arts Management; Jonathan, Culinary Arts Management Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Megan, La Porte, TX; Jonathan, Norfolk, VA Sweet Smell of Success Megan and Jonathan Pidgeon recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of their successful donut shop, Glazed Donuts, located in Key West, FL. It’s the … [Read more...]

Joshua Guide ’16

Joshua Guide ’16

Degree: Bachelor of Culinary Arts Management Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Atkinson, NH How did you become interested in food? After high school, I decided that I either wanted to become a chef and cook on a cruise ship traveling around the world, or a U.S. Marine. I chose a U.S. Marine. Now, after 21 years of service and a plethora of jobs, assignments, and travel, … [Read more...]

Allyson Bayless ’13

Allyson Bayless ’13

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Management Hometown: Prospect, OH A Little Bit of Everything When it comes to life, Allyson Bayless wants to taste as many different experiences as she can. That’s why she chose The Culinary Institute of America for her formal education, and it’s also why she enjoys competing in sports so much. “The CIA really gives you a base knowledge, with a … [Read more...]

Michael Henville ’02 Executive Chef of the Oualie Beach Resort

Michael Henville '02

Going Home is a Breeze The soft island breezes and fragrant smells of the island of Nevis were never far from Michael Henville’s mind when he was up north attending The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. “I never really acclimated to the northern climate, but the CIA made such an impact in my life I would do all four years over again in a heartbeat,” says Michael. Now back … [Read more...]

Eric Jenkins ’13

Eric Jenkins‘13

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Management Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA How did you become interested in food? Visiting my grandmother in North Carolina was always a fun learning experience. She had a garden where she and my grandfather grew fresh fruits and vegetables. Whenever she cooked you could smell the aroma for miles, but being in her kitchen was a blessing and a curse. The blessing … [Read more...]

Jay Roth ’13

Jay Roth '13

Degree: AOS Major: Baking and Pastry Arts Hometown: Archbold, OH Singing the Praises of Baking & Pastry Standing in the kitchen watching his grandmother bake cinnamon rolls and chocolate layer cake was the spark that lit a passion for career changer Jay Roth. “I always remember watching her ice the cake,” says Jay. “My grandma loved pleasing and entertaining people through her … [Read more...]

Amy L. Chicavich ’15

Amy L. Chicavich ’15

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Management Hometown: Chico, CA Classically trained in vocal performance and jazz, Amy Chicavich discovered that the place where she makes the most beautiful music is in the kitchen. “I love eating. I love food. I love everything about it. It’s like music for me, a whole-body experience,” says Amy Chicavich, a senior airman in the United States Air … [Read more...]

Jessica Simone ’13

Jessica Simone '13

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Management Hometown: Redlands, CA One Wild and Precious Life Dealing with adversity is something we all have to do at some point in our lives. For Jessica Simone, it was a way of life. But according to the Redlands, CA native, without that adversity she wouldn’t be where she is today, exactly where she wants to be—at the CIA. “My mom was an … [Read more...]

Steven Sartuche ’15, Culinary Arts

Steven Sartuche '15

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Management Hometown: Fort Collins, CO How did you become interested in food? As a child, some of my fondest memories came from helping in the kitchen during my Italian family's large holiday dinners. I loved doing any and everything in the kitchen with them. The kitchen was the place to be, it was the center of our celebrations. We cook for our family and … [Read more...]