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...]

Nilson Chaves Netto ’16

Chaves Netto ’16, AOS Culinary Arts

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil How did you become interested in food? Food and cooking has always been a part of my life ever since I was a boy. I loved spending time in the kitchen helping prepare meals with my family. My love of cooking grew into a passion and I hope to turn that passion into a … [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...]

Tyler Newell ’14

Tyler Newell ’14

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Westport, MA How did you become interested in food? Interestingly, it all started when I was dishwashing in a small town restaurant. Watching the fast paced adrenaline, mixed with the constant desire of perfection by the chefs, was incredibly intriguing to my young 14-year-old self. Dishwashing … [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...]

Matthew Grunwald ’15

Matt Grunwald

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Arts Management Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ How did you become interested in food? I have had the dream to have my own food network show since I was nine years old. I knew that hard work was going to be involved so I just started printing off as many recipes from foodnetwork.com as I could then replicated each … [Read more...]

Daniel Medina ’15

Dan Medina

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Hometown: Paso Robles, CA How did you become interested in food? I have been interested in the culinary industry since I was 15 years old. My parents saw my passion for food and have supported me every step of the way. For me, this is a lifestyle not just a career. Who most influenced you? My parents were my biggest influence and support system. The … [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...]