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...]

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...]

Andrew Belen ’15

Andrew Belen ‘15

Degree: BPS Major: Baking & Pastry Arts Management Hometown: Chicago, IL How did you become interested in food? Baking is the fuel for my passion. I love that you can create artwork from chocolate simply by tempering it. The incredible strength and flexibility helps create jaw dropping show pieces. Then there’s cake, where you can express your creativity endlessly on your white canvas. … [Read more...]

Jennifer Kempin ’13

Jennifer Kempin ‘13

Degree: AOS for ACE Major: Culinary Arts Hometown: Tucson, AZ How did you become interested in food? I lived in Germany when I was a child which gave me the opportunity to try foods that I had never seen or tasted before. I just fell in love. That lead to me getting my first job when I was fifteen and I have been working in kitchens and the industry since. I guess I could say it was all … [Read more...]

Jay Roth ’13

Jay Roth '13

Degree: AOS Major: Baking and Pastry Arts Hometown: Archbold, OH Singing the Praises of Baking & Pastry Standing in the kitchen watching his grandmother bake cinnamon rolls and chocolate layer cake was the spark that lit a passion for career changer Jay Roth. “I always remember watching her ice the cake,” says Jay. “My grandma loved pleasing and entertaining people through her food. … [Read more...]

Amy L. Chicavich ’15

Amy L. Chicavich ’15

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Management Hometown: Chico, CA Classically trained in vocal performance and jazz, Amy Chicavich discovered that the place where she makes the most beautiful music is in the kitchen. “I love eating. I love food. I love everything about it. It’s like music for me, a whole-body experience,” says Amy Chicavich, a senior airman in the United States Air Force. … [Read more...]

Kyle Kupiszewski ’13, Culinary Arts

Kyle Kupiszewski '13

Degree: BPS Major: Culinary Arts Management Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA From the depths of the sea to the depths of “Hell,” Kyle Kupiszewski has experienced his share of pressure. But succeeding in stressful situations has become second nature to this driven CIA student whose experiences in the Navy and as a cooking show contestant have helped him realize exactly what he wants to do with … [Read more...]