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.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

Alumni Compete for Top Chef

The newest season of Top Chef debuts October 15 on the Bravo network, and five of the “chef-testants” are CIA alumni.

On the twelfth season of the program, 16 chefs cook their way through Boston, competing for the title of Top Chef and a grand prize of $125,000. According to the Top Chef website, “The chefs will go knife-to-knife at iconic Boston locales including Fenway Park, Plimoth Plantation, and Cheers!” One of the many interesting challenges this season will be to prepare a meal using only ingredients that would have been available at the first Thanksgiving.

The competing chefs who earned their pedigree at the CIA:

Gregory Gourdet ’00 Twitter: @GG30000
Adam Harvey ’07 Twitter: @chefyaboyrdee
Melissa King ’07 Twitter: @ChefMelissaKing
Rebecca LaMalfa ’05 Twitter: @ChefLamalfa
George Pagonis ’07 Twitter: @georgepagonisdc

In addition to the alumni competitors, one of the judges is Richard Blais ’98 (@RichardBlais), the first Top Chef winner to return to the show to serve as a judge. Boston-based guest judges include alumni Ken Oringer ’89 (@kenoringer), and Jasper White ’76 (@SummerShack).

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