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 … [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...]

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...]

Trey Foshee ’90

Trey Foshee ’90, CIA alumni

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Ojai, CA Sustainability is Possible Trey Foshee’s first job in the restaurant industry was mainly a way to support his passion for surfing. Through a family connection he was hired as a busboy at The Ranch House in Ojai, CA. The restaurant’s extensive gardens provided the kitchen with … [Read more...]

Gower Lane ’92, Director of Operations, Kendal on Hudson

Gower Lane ’92

Degree: AOS Major: Culinary Arts Hometown: Cortlandt Manor, NY The Best Career…Hands-down Gower Lane ’92 always enjoyed working with his hands. He loved tinkering with cars so much that he pursued a degree in Automotive Technology from the State University of New York at Delhi. But after working in the automotive field for a few years, he realized there was another hands-on activity … [Read more...]

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, RAVEN Wine Management Systems, LLC

Eddie Ledesma ’05 Ocean Prime

Degree: Bachelor of Culinary Arts Management Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY 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 … [Read more...]