Acenette Gonzalez ’14, CIA Graduate, Contest Chef, and Focused Competitor


Degree: Bachelor of Culinary Arts Management Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Dallas, TX As a little girl Acenette (Ace) Gonzalez would listen with rapt attention as her father regaled her with stories of his workday as a waiter in a local Dallas, TX restaurant. “I loved hearing about his job, and his interaction with customers and the kitchen crew,” says Ace. “I knew I … [Read more...]

Sean Kahlenberg ’04, Lecturing Instructor—Culinary Arts, The Culinary Institute of America

Sean Kahlenberg, CIA culinary arts alumni and New York campus instructor

Traveling the world as a professional chef wasn’t in Sean Kahlenberg’s original plans while he was growing up in the small town of Wollongong, Australia. “I was an athlete, and when I was 16 I actually bought my own gym,” Sean recalls. “And then my friend and I bought two more.” At around that same time, however, an opportunity to apprentice at a local diner came up. “Some friends were running … [Read more...]

Austin Markland ’16

Austin Markland, CIA student, Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Bear, DE How did you become interested in your major? I went to St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown, DE and attended the culinary arts program they provided. Prior to being accepted into the school I had my mind set on becoming a pediatric cardiologist. Instead of getting … [Read more...]

Ginger Elizabeth Hahn ’03, Chocolatier and Owner, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

Ginger Elizabeth Hahn '03, CIA alumni, Chocolatier and Owner of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, Sacramento, CA

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY From an early age, Ginger Elizabeth Hahn was curious about cooking. Her interest was piqued by Julia Child’s cooking shows and the Great Chefs series. But it was a culinary summer camp at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone that really struck a cord. “I was 16 and it was a week-long … [Read more...]

Layla Saif, Head Garde Manger and Expeditor, The Hop, Beacon, NY

Layla Saif, CIA alumni, Culinary Arts

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Layla Saif didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her mother tried to help out by making suggestions. She proposed being a writer, the proud profession of Layla’s poet father and many of her aunts and uncles, but the idea didn’t seem to fit. She suggested Layla become a piano player, but though … [Read more...]

Evan Bollers ’14, Junior Food Scientist, Signature Brands LLC


Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Science Campus: Hyde Park, NY Ever wonder how new foods get developed and who’s behind these innovative formulations and recipes? Oftentimes, there’s a CIA graduate involved—one like Evan Bollers. After graduating in 2014 with his bachelor’s degree in culinary science, Evan went straight to work for Ocala, FL-based Signature Brands, a … [Read more...]

Caroline Lynch ’07, Designer Culinologist and Food Scientist at IDEO

Caroline Lynch ’07, CIA alumna, is designer culinologist and food scientist at IDEO

Certificate: ACAP Major: Culinary Arts Campus: St. Helena, CA Hometown: Minneapolis, MN Caroline Lynch had a typical college experience while studying mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. But while watching an episode of Unwrapped on The Food Network, Caroline got introduced to the world of food science. She thought, “I need to do this,” and immediately switched … [Read more...]

Anthony Arbeeny ’85, General Manager, The Westin, Washington, D.C.

Anthony Arbeeny, CIA alumni

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Anthony Arbeeny had a strong sense of déjà vu when he arrived at The Culinary Institute of America’s Hyde Park campus. “On my very first day, we were given a tour of the facilities,” he recalled. “When I looked out from the Escoffier kitchen through the glass partition to the … [Read more...]

A.J. Schaller ’05, Executive Chef

AJ Shaller '05, CIA Alumni

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Women in Foodservice On the Run From the very beginning of her culinary career, A.J. Schaller ’05 has embraced its pace, challenges, and excitement. She is that rare breed of person who has a questing and creative mind coupled with a highly organized nature. She thrives on doing more than one thing at a … [Read more...]

Wendy Stuart ’09, Educator and Entrepreneur

Wendy Stuart ’09, CIA Graduate

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Casting a Wide Net Is it possible for the skills of an economist, chef, advocate, and entrepreneur to reside within one person? They sure can, and Wendy Stuart ’09 is living proof. Her journey to becoming co-founder of The Wide Net Project may seem circuitous, but each step brought her closer to the real … [Read more...]