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CIA Kitchen Named in Honor of Goya Foods

Company President Robert Unanue Delivers Commencement Address

Hyde Park, NY – The teaching kitchen at The Culinary Institute of America that is home to the college’s Cuisines of the Americas course has been dedicated in honor of Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States.

Goya President Robert Unanue, grandson of company founder Prudencio Unanue, was at the CIA’s New York campus on April 12 to dedicate the Goya Cuisines of the Americas Kitchen and to announce the company’s ongoing donation of Goya products for students to cook and learn with in that kitchen and others on campus. Later that same day, he delivered the address at the college’s bachelor’s degree commencement.

“It is a tremendous honor to collaborate with the nation’s top culinary college and to be able to provide CIA students with a variety of high quality, authentic Latin products and international recipes to enhance their learning,” said Mr. Unanue, who began working for Goya in Florida, Puerto Rico, and California, before becoming president of the family-owned company in New Jersey in 2004.

The Goya Cuisines of the Americas Kitchen houses the CIA’s required sophomore-level culinary arts course that educates future chefs and food business leaders about the cuisines and cultures of the United States and Latin America.

“The Culinary Institute of America has a deep investment in Latino foods,” said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “It is an integral component of both the present and future of American cuisine, and Goya is the leader. Partnering with Goya is even more satisfying because it is a family-oriented organization.”

Following the dedication, Mr. Unanue spoke to 115 recipients of bachelor’s degrees in Food Business Management, Culinary Science, and Applied Food Studies.

“Congratulations to the graduates and my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to address our future generation of top chefs and culinary professionals,” Mr. Unanue said.

The entire graduation ceremony can be viewed online.

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Photo 1: Goya President Robert Unanue (right) and CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan are joined by CIA students as the Goya Cuisines of the Americas Kitchen is dedicated at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America. (Photo Credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Photo 2: Goya President Robert Unanue delivers words of encouragement to bachelor's degree graduates at The Culinary Institute of America on April 12, 2017. Mr. Unanue gave the commencement address at the college on the same day the CIA dedicated the Goya Cuisines of the Americas Kitchen on its New York campus. (Photo Credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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About the CIA:

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit

About GOYA:

Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit Follow Goya on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest at @GoyaFoods.

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