How did you become interested in food?
I come from a large Italian family so food was, and is, a very important part of our
life. I became more and more inquisitive as I watched my great grandmother
cook. After she passed away, my aunt who works in the Continuing Education
department here at CIA, brought me to a kids Boot Camp during the summer of
2002. From that moment on, my passion and love of food grew even more.
most influenced you?
without a doubt have to say my mother. No matter what I chose to do with my life,
she would support me. Having the love and support of someone is a large part of
what one needs to become successful in their desired field of study. Luckily I
have my Mom and without her support I don't know where I would be.
you have to overcome any obstacles or challenges to come to the CIA?
say finances were my biggest challenge. Hard work, determination, faith, and
the love and support of my family are what helped get me to the CIA.
Why did you choose the CIA?
I took my first cooking class at the CIA when I was
seven years old. I remember saying that I would attend the CIA one day. Since
then, I have devoted myself to making my dream a reality. If you want to be a
great lawyer you go to Harvard Law School. I wanted to be a great chef, so I
came to the CIA.
What do you like best about CIA?
how everyone is a professional. Successful chefs, act in a highly professional
manner, unlike how they are depicted on television. It is an honor and
privilege to be called a CIA student. Having that distinction, makes my
experience here, that much more meaningful.
What are your career
Short term, my goals simply consist of
doing well in my wines class. After graduation, I plan to continue on to the bachelor’s
Any advice for
I would tell them to make sure that they have the proper
work experience. It is extremely important to understand the realities of working
in the foodservice industry. Culinary arts and baking and pastry arts are very
rewarding and challenging professions. You must be passionate and devoted to
this career path to be successful.