Alexander Torres ’16

Alexander Torres, culinary arts student at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Springfield, MA How did you become interested in your major? Growing up I always wondered what is it that interests me. What drives me? I couldn't think of any specific profession to pursue and would always say to myself, "Alex, you just like to make people feel happy and good." I loved art, … [Read more...]

Haya Emaan ’15

Haya Emaan, culinary science student at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York

Degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies Major: Culinary Science Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan How did you become interested in your major? I always knew I wanted to pursue culinary arts—it was just a question of convincing my parents. I love food—whether I am cooking it, eating it, or feeding it to others. FOOD is Life! Who most influenced your decision to pursue … [Read more...]

Riddhi Venkateshwaran ’15

Riddhi Venkateshwaran ’15, culinary arts student at The Culinary Institute of America

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Hometown: Mumbai, India How did you become interested in your major? Nothing inspires me like being in a kitchen; the colors, textures, flavors and sounds I encounter enchant me constantly. I truly believe the kitchen is a place where one can learn not only about food but about life. My culinary voyage so … [Read more...]

Susan Feniger ’77—Chef, Author, and Entrepreneur

Susan Feniger ’77—CIA Graduate, Chef, Author, and Entrepreneur

Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Susan Feniger is the co-chef and co-owner of the Border Grill empire in collaboration with longtime business partner Mary Sue Milliken, with three locations in the Los Angeles area, two in Las Vegas, and two very busy Border Grill Food trucks. She is a prolific cookbook writer with eight titles in … [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...]

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...]

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 Washington, … [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...]