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 Sunday 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.

Alumnus is an Eater "Young Gun"

Jeremy Hoffman (Bachelor's '06)

Jeremy Hoffman (Bachelor's '06), chef de cuisine at Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA, has been named one of Eater.com’s Young Guns for 2013. The popular food- and chef-news website recently released its list of the 15 best up-and-coming chefs of the year.

Chef Hoffman worked for Drew Nieporent at Nobu 57 in New York City after earning his bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management at the CIA. He then served as commis and chef de partie at Thomas Keller's Per Se for two years. He became chef de cuisine at Restaurant Eve after just one year there. The restaurant’s food is special enough for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to have their anniversary dinner there.

Jonathan Benno '93 was Keller’s chef de cuisine at Per Se when Hoffman worked there. "Jeremy came to us as a young cook and really excelled quickly in the kitchen," Benno told Eater. "He had all of the characteristics you need: integrity, work ethic, humility, sense of humor—he really shines in all of those areas."

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