James Tidwell ’98, Master Sommelier at Four Seasons Resort and Club

James Tidwell Master Sommelier

Imagine having to describe and identify six wines, including grape type, country, region of origin, vintage, and quality level, within 25 minutes. This is only one part of the challenge facing those who wish to sit for the Master Sommelier diploma examination. The practical and theory portions are equally difficult. In the service practical, seasoned Master Sommeliers role-play guests in a … [Read more...]

Bijou Robertson ’02, Co-owner of Zhoo Zhoo Wines

Bijou Robertson ’02, Co-owner of Zhoo Zhoo Wines

When Stephen Robertson ’72, owner of Hells Canyon Winery in Idaho, told his daughter Bijou "making wine is all about being able to taste, and to really taste you have to learn to cook," she took his words to heart. She arrived at the CIA armed with a desire to learn all she could about food and wine. She attended Michael Weiss's and Steven Kolpan's wine classes simultaneously so as to not miss … [Read more...]

Eddie Ledesma ’05 Ocean Prime

Eddie Ledesma ’05 Ocean Prime

Like many CIA freshmen, Eddie Ledesma arrived on campus with aspirations of becoming an executive chef. But after returning from externship, he discovered his true passion. "The restaurant classes, the wines course, the bachelor's courses...they all really helped foster a love for the front of the house." So after graduating from the BPS program, Eddie joined The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL as … [Read more...]

Charles LaMonica ’79, Executive Vice President at Restaurant Associates

Charles LaMonica '79, Restaurant Associates, Executive Vice President for Corporate, Educational, Cultural, and Catering Venues

It was while studying in the CIA's library that Charles LaMonica ’79 first began to recognize that Sally Lewis ’79 was his soul mate. And while he won't divulge exactly what he said standing there among the books that caught her attention and won her heart, he will reveal that Sally has been the partner of a lifetime—in and out of the kitchen. After graduating and getting married, the two … [Read more...]

Amy Greenberg ’80 Senior Vice President of Citigroup Executive Services

Amy Greenberg '80 Senior Vice President of Citigroup Executive Services

Amy Greenberg is senior vice president of Citigroup Executive Services in New York City, where she is responsible for the organization's executive dining, conference center and meeting management, and multimedia and telepresence. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in 1980, Ms. Greenberg began her career in contract foodservice with the Saga Corporation as chef-manager for … [Read more...]

Darcy Sala ’01, Chef-Instructor at BOCES

Darcy Sala ’01, Chef-Instructor at BOCES

Darcy Sala is contagious. Sit down with her and talk for a few minutes about food and you can't help but catch her unbridled enthusiasm and passion for the culinary profession, and especially for her alma mater. "Wow, being at the CIA was a great experience," she gushes. "Every day I'd get up three hours early to be ready for classes. I can cry thinking about how wonderful it was to be around … [Read more...]

Eve Felder ’88, Managing Director CIA Singapore

Eve Felder ’88, Managing Director CIA Singapore

After wearing many hats during her tenure at the CIA, Chef Felder is presently managing director of the college's newest campus in Singapore. Chef Felder is building the first bachelor's degree program in culinary arts in Singapore. An avid supporter for the advancement of women in the hospitality industry, Chef Felder has played an integral role in growing the presence of organizations such as … [Read more...]

Lilia Temple ’83, Owner/Food Stylist, StylEyes by Lilia Interior Design Consulting at Lilia Temple Styling

Lilia Temple '83, Food Stylist

When Lilia Temple was a student at the CIA and was thinking of merging her love of sculpture with her love of food, she asked one of the chefs if he knew of anyone she could talk to about food styling. He replied, "Oh, there's some woman in the Midwest who does a lot of it." Well, what was once limited to a "lone" woman has now turned into thousands of people. With the explosion of cooking … [Read more...]

Carol Gallant ’99, Freelance Food Stylist

Carol Gallant '99, Freelance Food Stylist

Freelance food stylist Carol Gallant says she has the best job in the world—and she's racking up the professional accolades to show she's one of the best at doing it. Carol, who had done "a little catering but never had a 'career'," entered the CIA at age 45 after being urged by chefs at the restaurant where she worked to attend the CIA. "It was the best two years of my life and the best thing … [Read more...]

Jamie Purviance ’93, Chef and Writer for Weber Grill

Jamie Purviance ’93, Chef and Writer for Weber Grill

After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University, Jamie Purviance became an English teacher and realized his dream of traveling the world teaching in international schools. But five years into his career, while teaching in Indonesia, he got a call that changed his life. The message? "Come home to Philly." Both of his grandparents were ill and needed his care. Love for them … [Read more...]