Early Sunday morning, a wildfire (codenamed Glass) started burning near St. Helena. The California leadership team and senior leaders in Hyde Park including President Ryan monitored conditions throughout the day and prepared for a possible evacuation of campus. Late last night, we evacuated 119 students from the residence halls. Most students were able to connect with family or friends for overnight accommodations; 18 students were provided lodging arranged by the CIA through the county. The California team was in continuous contact with CIA leadership throughout, and due to their efforts, the evacuation went smoothly with all students safe and accounted for. Students remained calm and in good spirits despite the situation. They have been real troopers.

While the fire came too close for comfort, Greystone and our residence halls on campus and on Pratt Avenue were untouched.

Currently the Greystone campus is without power as damage is assessed and fires continue to be active in the area. All members of the campus community have been asked to work remotely. We are using The CIA at Copia as a base camp for our operations, and many students will be spending time there today. We will continue to update students, faculty, and staff, by e-mail as needed. Parents, please urge your student to share these notifications, so you have the latest information.

Four Alumni Lead the List of Forbes "30 Under 30"

The January 20 issue of Forbes honors the best up-and-comers in various fields. Four CIA graduates are named in the magazine’s 30 Under 30 list in the area of food and beverage—more than any other college or university.

30 under 30“We are proud that so many graduates quickly become standouts in the food world. In addition to being highly skilled chefs, they are managers, owners, sommeliers, and leaders in many other areas of hospitality,” said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan.

The honorees from the CIA:

  • Adam Altnether, bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management ’07, co-owner and executive chef of Craft Restaurants, St. Louis, MO
  • Joseph “JJ” Johnson, bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management ’07, chef de cuisine at The Cecil, NYC, NY
  • Carlton McCoy, bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management ’06, Master Sommelier and wine director at The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
  • Jason Pfeifer, associate degree in culinary arts ’06, chef de cuisine at Maialino, NYC, NY

“This award solidifies in my mind the importance of the bachelor’s degree program I completed at The Culinary Institute of America. The CIA’s emphasis on work ethic and a strong foundation of fundamentals helped me excel at every position I’ve ever held,” Altnether says.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without the CIA,” Johnson says of his alma mater. “The chefs and professors there got me ready for the culinary world and set me up for success.”

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