How did you become interested in food?
I’ve always had a passion for food—eating and creating it as well as
reading and writing about it. I truly believe that a good article about
food is almost as satisfying as the food itself. Although, there’s
nothing that can compare to a well baked, moist, delicious slice of
Devil’s food cake with cream cheese frosting!
Who most influenced you?
Initially wanted to come to the CIA right after high school, but my
family was against my wanting to pursue a career in the food industry.
It took a lot of compromising, dedication, and persuasion on my part to
convince them that this was the career path I wanted to pursue. I worked
all through high school in restaurants and showed my family that I was
truly passionate about this industry. Now, my parents are my greatest
Did you have to overcome any obstacles or challenges to come to the CIA?
Coming from a small town in the Napa Valley, I’ve had to overcome a few
hurdles. I am the first person in five generations to leave home to go
to college. I am also the first person to pursue a career outside of the
medical field. Some family members still give me a hard time about
coming to the CIA, however, I’m still here, and for me this is the best
career choice. I believe that all my hard work and sacrifices have made
me stronger and motivates me to work harder and be better.
Why did you choose the CIA?
I always knew that the CIA was the best. I told my parents, when I
announced my decision to come here, that if I was really going to
succeed and make it in this industry, I had to do everything in my power
to give myself the best chance. So I chose the best school, to give
myself the best chance at a becoming an outstanding food writer.
What do you like best about CIA?
As cliché as it sounds, I love everything about the CIA. I especially
love the small kitchen size, the student to chef ratio, and the location
of the campus, which is along the banks of the Hudson River. Living in
New York, provides me with access to New York City—one of the largest
culinary meccas in the world. I couldn’t have chosen a better place to
start my career.
Do you belong to any clubs or participate in any activities/sports on campus?
I am involved The Creamery Club.
What are your career goals/plans?
After graduation, I want travel and have the opportunity to taste and
experience different foods and cultures. My ultimate goal is to become a
food and travel writer. I want to learn about different types of
cuisine, especially authentic cuisine from various countries. I’m really
passionate about food and travel, and would love to be able to share my
experiences with the world.
Any advice for prospective students?
Ask questions and think about the opportunities and future you’d be
giving to yourself if you chose to come to the CIA. This is a
challenging college and it’s not all about baking cupcakes and cookies
all day. This is the best culinary school in the world and many of the
nation’s top chefs and master bakers are graduates of the CIA. Deciding
to come here was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. There are
days when I’m homesick, exhausted, and overwhelmed. But, at the end of
the day, there’s nowhere else I would rather be. Coming to the CIA was
the best decision I’ve made in my entire life, thus far. Not everyone
gets this opportunity. So, my advice is to really think about what you
want in life. If you’re as passionate and excited about the foodservice
industry as I am, I definitely would suggest that you seriously consider